The town of Norderstedt puts its faith in district heating when it comes to supplying its population with domestic heating and sees the development of decentralized combined heat and power (CHP) generation as a contribution to the energy revolution. A total of nine modular CHP plants are already in operation. The latest addition to the municipal power plant portfolio is a CHP module supplied by mtu Onsite Energy.
This story begins a good 35 years ago. It is January 1, 1970, when – a few kilometers north of Hamburg – the town of Norderstedt is officially born (see Info box) as an amalgamation of the communities of Friedrichsgabe, Garstedt, Harksheide and Glashütte. What is missing, however, is a geographical connection between the four parts of the town, a true center. In the years that follow, the town's founders draw up plans for the construction of a new district, Norderstedt-Mitte ("central Norderstedt"), which from 1978 are put into effect on the – until then – proverbial greenfield site. Among the developments created over time are around 4,100 centrally located homes accommodating 12,000 residents, all of whom need to be supplied with energy. And right in the middle of them is the Norderstedt municipal utility company, occupying head offices similarly erected in the new town center in 1983. Those responsible take the forward-thinking decision to supply Norderstedt-Mitte with district heating and have what at the time is Germany's largest modular CHP plant installed in the utility company building.