Jänschwalde Power Station

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Jänschwalde Power Station
Peitz Kraftwerk Jaenschwalde 2010.jpg
Power Station Jänschwalde in 2010
Jänschwalde Power Station is located in Germany
Jänschwalde Power Station
Location of Jänschwalde Power Station in Germany
Country Germany
Location Jänschwalde
Coordinates 51°50′05″N 14°27′37″E / 51.83472°N 14.46028°E / 51.83472; 14.46028Coordinates: 51°50′05″N 14°27′37″E / 51.83472°N 14.46028°E / 51.83472; 14.46028
Owner(s) Vattenfall Europe
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Lignite
Power generation
Units operational 6
Nameplate capacity 3,000 MW
Jänschwalde Power Station in 2004. Note two 300 meter chimneys, which have since been demolished

Jänschwalde Power Station is located near the village of Jänschwalde in Brandenburg on the German-Polish border. The lignite-fired power station has an installed capacity of 3,000 megawatts and consists of six 500 MW units. It is the third-largest brown coal power plant in operation in Germany and is owned by EPH.

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The power station was built between 1976 and 1989. Between the German reunification and the mid-1990s, modern environmental technology was adopted, making higher efficiency possible. Despite this, the power station has the fifth-lowest ratio of energy efficiency to CO2 emission in Europe, according to a study by the WWF.[1]

Jänschwalde power station predominantly fires raw brown coal from nearby open-pit mining in Jänschwalde and Cottbus to the north. At full load the power station burns approximately 80,000 tons of brown coal a day. From one kilogram of brown coal about one kilowatt-hour of electrical energy is produced.

The yearly power output lies around 22 billion kWh, 22 TWh.

The site formerly featured three obsolete 300 meters (980 ft) chimneys. These were gradually dismantled in a complex process between 2002 and 2007, as conventional demolition was not possible on the site for space reasons. A unique procedure was introduced for this task: the chimneys were broken down from the top to a height of 50 meters (160 ft) by a special mechanism equipped with excavators which works round the edges of the chimneys, after which the remaining stacks are being demolished by conventional means.

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