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Renewable energy production will increase in Europe and in Finland in the next few years, and more flexible solutions will be needed in the electricity system. Placing of distributed production and flexibility on the market is developed in Helsinki as part of an EU project.
The design of the versatile residential SunZeb city block is progressing. The block will be built in Kalasatama, Helsinki. The housing quality and energy efficiency of the residences built in the area will be in line with future requirements.
The first wood pellets were ignited this week at Helen’s new pellet-fired heating plant in the Salmisaari district of Helsinki. The plant will soon generate renewable district heat to customers in Helsinki. The pellet-fired heating plant is a significant project to increase renewable energy in Helen’s energy production.
The first two-way charging point in Finland will be installed in the Suvilahti district of Helsinki in connection with Helen’s solar power plant and electricity storage facility. The V2G (vehicle-to-grid) charging point enables not only charging of an electric vehicle, but also using it as an electricity storage unit and utilising it in the balancing of the electricity system.
At Helen’s Environment Day, the company introduced its key words for the future: city resident participation, recycling excess heat, flexibility, and moving away from fossil fuels. Renewable energy production requires an increasing amount of space.
Helen is involved in an EU project to test new solutions in climate change mitigation in cities. Energy saving plays a key role in the project.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, the Energy Authority and Motiva have awarded Helen with recognition for its excellent energy-efficiency work. The event took place at the awards gala and seminar on energy efficiency agreements held at the Finlandia Hall on 15 June 2017.
Since spring this year, Etola has used solar power generated on site at its own premises in Suutarila.
Helen is the first company in Finland to offer electricity storage services for enterprises. Cooperation in electricity storage with the City of Helsinki Environment Centre has just started.
Survey: More renewable energy is wanted, but not at the expense of the security of energy supply. Energy production must be safeguarded in all weather conditions.