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Helen is improving energy efficiency in the district heating network by acquiring a digital control system that optimises the district heating network. The system will enable the reduction of both emissions and costs.
In November 2019, a solar power plant that is one of the largest in Finland and the first with a capacity exceeding 1 million watts will be completed on the roof of the Elo Shopping Centre located in Ylöjärvi and owned by Sponda. Helen is responsible for the construction of the power plant.
Worksite cyclist had a successful summer – about 700 development ideas to improve Helen’s worksite arrangements
The safety and traffic arrangements of the worksites of Helen and Helen Electricity Network were under thorough scrutiny of the worksite cyclist for the summer. Safety observations will evolve into measures in the planning of worksites and the development of a contracting model.
Kojamo reduces its carbon footprint with hydropower-certified electricity
The energy fee for district heat for the autumn season will decrease from the same period last year by 7.8% and the water flow fee will increase by 6.7% as from 1 October 2019. As a result, the total price for district heat will fall by an average of 4.2%.
Solar power plant to open in Messukeskus – construction of extension on the Messukeskus roof started immediately
Messukeskus Helsinki and Helen Ltd will open one of the largest solar power plants in Helsinki on the hall roofs of the Messukeskus Expo and Convention Centre. The solar power plant will start operation at the end of August or the beginning of September 2019. Construction of an extension will also start at the same time.
Helen’s good profit trend, strong balance sheet and financial position enable development and growth of solutions for a new energy era.
Excess heat from Kilpilahti plants could cover one quarter of district heating of the Helsinki region
The production plants of Neste and Borealis Polymers located in Kilpilahti, Porvoo, produce a significant amount of low-temperature excess heat, but no solution exists to utilize this energy. On the basis of a recently completed preliminary study by Neste, Borealis and energy companies in the Helsinki Metropolitan area, the use of excess heat in the production of district heating is technically feasible.
In early 2019, Helen and Helen Electricity Network were recruiting a worksite cyclist to develop and improve the traffic arrangements and interaction of district heat and electricity network sites. Aleksi Pippuri, a student of mechanical engineering and building technology, was selected for the position, and he has now started his task in the development of worksite traffic arrangements.
Helen, Lassila & Tikanoja and VTT are pursuing a circular economy in their use of materials and energy. The City Refinery aims to process difficult-to-recycle materials and biomass into high-grade products. This will boost the efficiency of recycling of materials in Helsinki. The City Refinery is a critical step towards mitigating climate change and shifting society from a throwaway mindset to a circular one.