Berlin-Klingenberg power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Berlin-Klingenberg power station is an operating power station of at least 188-megawatts (MW) in Berlin, Lichtenberg, Germany with multiple units, some of which are not currently operating.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Berlin-Klingenberg power station Berlin, Lichtenberg, Berlin, Germany 52.489993, 13.495988 (exact)

The map below shows the exact location of the power station.

Loading map...

Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 4, Unit 5, Unit 6: 52.489993, 13.495988

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology CHP Start year Retired year
Unit 4 operating coal - lignite, fossil gas - natural gas 188 subcritical 1981 2017
Unit 5 retired coal - lignite 60 subcritical 1985 2017
Unit 6 retired coal - lignite 60 subcritical 1985 2017

CHP is an abbreviation for Combined Heat and Power. It is a technology that produces electricity and thermal energy at high efficiencies. Coal units track this information in the Captive Use section when known.

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 4 Vattenfall Wärme Berlin AG [100.0%]
Unit 5 Vattenfall Wärme Berlin AG [100.0%]
Unit 6 Vattenfall Wärme Berlin AG [100.0%]

Project-level coal details

  • Coal source(s): Cottbus region


The 1927 coal plant was modernized in 1965 and 1974 before being converted to a 3 x 63 MW combined heating and power plant commissioned in 1981 to 1985. The plant was fueled by lignite coal and gas. It mainly supplied heat, and was fueled by open-pit mines in Cottbus, Germany.[1][2][3]

In 2017, the plant stopped using coal entirely.[4]

Proposed 800 MW plant

An 800 MW supercritical plant was proposed by Vattenfall at the site of the plant. According to Deutsche Umwelthilfe, the project was abandoned in 2009 due to local resistance. Instead, the company announced that it would pursue a new combined heating and cooling plant powered by natural gas and biomass.[5]

Plans for the biomass plant were later abandoned in favor of plans for modernizing the gas-fired part of the CHP plant by 2020, after which the lignite part of the plant will be closed.[2]

Articles and Resources


  1. "Kraftwerk Klingenberg," Wikipedia (Germany), accessed January 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Klingenberg CHP plant," Vattenfall, accessed Nov 2017
  3. "Vattenfall's opportunity," Greenpeace, April 15, 2015
  4. "Vattenfall stellt Kraftwerk Klingenberg von Braunkohle auf Erdgas um" Berliner Zeitung, May 24, 2017.
  5. "Projects of coal-fired power plants in Germany since 2007," Deutsche Umwelthilfe, November 2012

Additional data

To access additional data, including interactive maps of the power stations, downloadable datases, and summary data, please visit the Global Coal Plant Tracker and the Global Oil and Gas Plant Tracker on the Global Energy Monitor website.