Electrifying Denmark

120 years ago Denmark had no power plants and no system of electricity. Today we all depend heavily on electricity either we are home, at school or at work. In the big hall of the Energy Museum (hall 8) we tell the history of how Denmark was electrified. Odense was the first town in Denmark to have a central power plant in 1891. Around 1930 Denmark had a. 500 smal power plants spread all over the country. Most of the power plants were small plants producing direct current. Most of these closed after the Second World War when the electricity supply was taken over by big power plants.

Steam engine for electricity

A large steam engine from 1895 is placed in the middle of the building. It was manufactured at Møller and Jochumsen Machine and Iron Work in Horsens, Denmark. The steam engine was first used at Aalborg Steam Mill (Aalborg Dampmølle) from 1895-1910 and then at Pindstrup Mosebrug (Pindstrup Bog Work). It is a two cylinder piston steam engine with 128 HP. In the exhibition you can explore a copy of and old boiler.

Steam turbine and diesel engine

A STAL stem turbine from 1919 is placed in front of the main switchboard from the former Copenhagen power plant in Gothersgade.

A one cylinder diesel engine from Lemvig power plant pulls a dynamo for DC.


The exhibition also tells abput the people who installed and maintained the electric Denmark.

Various sources of energy and fuel

At the ground floor of the exhibition you can learn about the various types of Fuel used at different Danish power plants: Coal, oil, natural gas and biomass fuel.

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