The world’s largest diesel engine for more than 30 years (produces 22.500hp)!
This beast of an engine was built back in 1932. This engine was the world’s largest diesel and most powerful engine for 30 years – from 1932 to 1962. It was used to stabilize the power grin during peak power periods in Denmark. Even though it’s no longer used for that purpose, they still start it up once in a while just in case if it’s ever needed.
The largest of the engines, which was built in 1932 and remained the world’s largest for more than 30 years, stands 12.5 meters tall and 24.5 meters wide and weighs 1,400 tons. It produces 22,500 HP and supplied Copenhagen with electricity. It remained in use during peak demand until the 1970s. During World War II a resistance group consisting of workers at the power station used the engine for hiding weapons. It is started up the first and third Sunday every month at 11 am and runs for 5 to 10 minutes. The museum also exhibits Burmeister & Wain’s first diesel engine from 1904 with a modest 40 HP and a single cylinder. It is started up every Thursday at 2 pm. The following video shows the engine starting up. Check it out!