Wolfsburg North power station

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Wolfsburg North power station, also known as Werk Wolfsburg Nord power station, is a 140-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Lower Saxony, Germany.

Wolfsburg North, along with Wolfsburg West power station, provides electricity and heat to the VW Wolfsburg factory and related urban areas.

Both power stations are planned to be converted to natural gas.

Location

The map below shows the location of the plant in Wolfsburg, on the Mittelland Canal.

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Background

Wolfsburg North is a two-unit coal-fired power plant with a total capacity of 140 MW. The plant was completed in 2000, and is owned by Volkswagen. The origins of the plant dates back to 1938. It serves VW's largest auto factory, as well as provides local heat supply.[1]

On March 8, 2018, Volkswagen AG announced it will invest €400 million (US$494 million) to modernize its Wolfsburg North and Wolfsburg West power station, converting them from hard coal to natural gas. The conversion is expected to be completed by 2021-2022.[2]

Volkswagen plans to replace the coal-fired boilers at Wolfsburg North power station with a combined-cycle (gas and steam turbine) system and three hot water boilers. In the future, these facilities will generate about 136 megawatts of electric power and about 386 megawatts of heat energy.[3]

In January 2021, Bundesnetzagentur expected the conversion to be completed by the end of 2021.[4] However, as of November 2021, it is unclear if construction has begun on the project.

As of April 2022, due to energy security concerns in light of the war in Ukraine, no gas conversions had taken place.[5]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: VW Kraftwerk GmbH
  • Parent company: Volkswagen AG
  • Location: Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony, Germany
  • Coordinates: 52.433143, 10.78735 (exact)
  • Gross generating capacity (operating): 140 MW
    • Unit 1: 70 MW (2000) - subcritical coal
    • Unit 2: 70 MW (2000) - subcritical coal
  • Gross generating capacity (shelved): 133 MW

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References

  1. "Coal-Fired Plants in Germany: Niedersachsen & Schleswig-Holstein," Industcards, accessed April 2016
  2. Ivana Kottasová, "Volkswagen will stop burning coal to build cars," CNN Money, March 8, 2018
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Volkswagen Group realigns energy supplies: company power stations to change over from coal to gas," Volkswagen, accessed November 2019
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Veröffentlichung Zu- und Rückbau, BNA ID, BNA: BNAP116". Bundesnetzagentur. January 19, 2021. Retrieved November 3, 2021.
  5. "Los retos del Grupo Volkswagen: de la falta de microchips a la producción con energía que viene del carbón y el gas de Rusia," Motorpasion, April 11, 2022
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Volkswagen Group converting Wolfsburg power stations from coal to gas; €400M investment, Green Car Congress, Mar 9, 2018
  7. "The Volkswagen Group Leads the Way in Phasing Out Coal". www.volkswagenag.com. Retrieved 2021-11-05.

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