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This year, record volumes of solar energy were obtained from Helen's own solar power plants at Kivikko and Suvilahti from March onwards. May was the most productive month in the solar power plants over many years.
Helen's underground heating and cooling plant located under the Esplanade Park has been completed, and trial operations have started. The large heat pumps produce both district heat and district cooling. They recover a significant amount of excess heat from properties for utilisation in heat production.
Five solar panel benches, which can be used for recharging electric bicycles and mobile devices, have been introduced in Helsinki by Helen. The first of their kind in Finland, the benches will be located in Teurastamo, Kalasatama and the Market Square.
The Klåsarö hydropower plant on the River Kymijoki will be upgraded. The plant's lifespan will be extended and the amount of renewable energy will be increased with the modernisation of water turbines.
In the view of Helen Ltd, Finland needs a more coherent energy policy. The tax increase on combined heat and power generation, proposed by the Government, together with the ban on the use of coal that has been brought forward would significantly restrict the opportunities for energy companies to invest in new energy innovations and emissions reduction.
Helen is the first company in Finland to offer solar panels and an electricity storage system as a tailored package for its domestic customers. Microgenerators will gain greater benefits from their solar panels with the aid of an electricity storage system.
The Mayor of Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori inaugurated Helen's new bioenergy heating plant in Salmisaari. The plant produces renewable district heat in the largest pellet-fired boiler in Finland.
Helen is planning to build new bioenergy heating plants in Helsinki. The planned areas are in Vuosaari, Patola and Tattarisuo. The bioenergy heating plants will replace coal use and ensure sufficient district heat supplies.
The world’s first seasonal energy storage facility of its kind is planned for the Kruunuvuorenranta rock caverns
Helen and Skanska are investigating the possibility of building a gigantic seasonal storage facility for heat energy in the old rock caverns located beneath Kruunuvuori in Helsinki. There are reportedly no other similar solutions implemented anywhere else in the world.
Helen is planning to build a new energy storage facility in disused underground oil caverns located deep in the bedrock of Helsinki. The facility will be the largest of its kind in the country. The storage facility would accommodate over 40 times as much hot water as the amount of water in the pools at the Helsinki Swimming Stadium.