Water for smart liveable cities – the Danish experience
Get the full experience of what the Danish water sector has to offer through this 2-day trip to Funen and Jutland where you will experience a combination of some of Denmark’s leading projects in terms wastewater treatment and resource recovery, climate change adaptation and smart water solutions that helps create attractive and liveable cities. This tour is also a great opportunity to experience some of Denmark’s cultural heritage.
- Morning: Departure from Copenhagen
- Stop 1: Ejby Mølle WWTP, Odense: Odense is the home town of the famous Danish fairytale author, Hans Christian Andersen. It is also home to one of Denmark’s largest water utilities, VCS Denmark, which has achieved excellent results in wastewater treatment and energy efficiency. Visitors will experience how energy consumption is reduced and green energy is produced from the sludge. The result is an energy self-sufficiency of 180% – enabling the utility to sell excess energy production to the local grid.
- Stop 2: The Climate City, Middelfart: Experience one of Denmark´s large-scale climate adaptation projects where rainwater has been disconnected from roads and sidewalks in an area of 450.000 m2. The visit will include guided tours of three different areas (the Forest Quarter, the Avenue Quarter and the Town Quarter) where different rainwater management solutions have been applied, making rainwater a visible urban element with new multi-functional urban spaces.
- Stop 3: Carlsberg’s water efficient brewery, Fredericia: At Carlsberg’s brewery in Fredericia, state-of-the art total water recycling technology is being installed which will allow Carlsberg to safely reuse 90% of the brewery’s process water, lowering the water usage from 2,9 hl/hl to 1,4 hl/hl. This ambitious project is the result of collaboration between a public-private partnership called DRIP, the local wastewater utility plant FRSE and of course Carlsberg. The visit will include a tour of the brewery and the newly installed Water Treatment and Recycling plant as well as an introduction to the partnership made this a reality. You will of course also get to taste some of Carlsberg’s great products.
- Evening programme: After the technical tours, you will get a chance to visit the home of one of Denmark’s perhaps most iconic brands as the day will conclude with guided tour and dinner at LEGO House in Billund followed by an overnight stay at Hotel LEGOland.
- Stop 1: Billund Biorefinery, Billund: Billund BioRefinery is a demonstration plant for some of the best and most innovative Danish environmental technologies when it comes to treating biowaste and wastewater. Billund Biorefinery is focusing on getting more out of less in terms of energy and resources from wastewater and biomass. It aims at closing a local resource circle as the plant is also receiving organic household waste from the local municipality and organic byproducts from the local industry.
- Stop 2: AquaGlobe, Skanderborg: At Aquaglobe and Skanderborg Utility, you will see how a holistic approach to water solutions can impact the design of Smart Liveable Cities. The visit will include practical insights into how partnerships are formed, involving the local government, R&D-driven institutions and private businesses. The overall idea behind these projects is to create low cost and better solutions benefitting both consumer and the environment. A perfect hands-on example is the Coast to Coast Climate Challenge (C2C CC) – a national climate project that aims to create a climate resilient region. You will also be introduced to Skanderborg Utility’s customer panel and get a taste of the Danish idea of “the good life” and experience genuine Danish “hygge” during lunch.
- Stop 3: Integrated control and warning systems, Aarhus: The coastal City of Aarhus (Denmark’s second largest city) aims to be a blue and green city. This involves restoring the old industrial harbor area into residential and recreational areas and reopening a cased river flowing through the old city center into the harbour. To obtain proper water quality and prevent flooding, approximately EUR50 million was invested in constructing trunk sewers, storage tanks and increasing rainwater handling capacity at the city’s wastewater treatment plants. A real-time control and warning system was also developed, reducing the need for storage capacity by nearly 50% for less than 5% of the total costs. The control system optimizes the use of the storage capacity in the combined sewer system through real-time control of weirs and pumps, which minimizes combined sewer overflows during heavy rain. The warning system forecasts deteriorated water quality in the receiving waters based on automatic operation of integrated models which use real-time data from the sewer systems and wastewater treatment plants and forecasted rainfall data from a Local Area Weather Radar.
- Late afternoon/evening: Ferry and bus back to Copenhagen