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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 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 will build a heat pump in connection with the Vuosaari power plant, utilising the power plant’s own cooling water circulation and the heat of sea water as heat sources. A heat pump of this scale utilising the heat of the sea water is unique in Finland.
Helen is offering a new service for residential apartment blocks that are heated with district heat. The service enables improved energy efficiency and, consequently, reduced environmental impacts caused by heating. The service is a significant step towards more energy-efficient living.
Preparations for snow-rich winters were started at the Ilmala railway yard already two years ago by building a snow-melting field, which operates on district heat. This winter, the snow-melting field has been a great help in keeping the trains running smoothly.
The tasks of the worksite cyclist, who will be hired for the summer, will include testing of worksite traffic arrangements by cycling and walking, promoting traffic fluidity and communicating about worksites. With this new role, Helen is investing in the development of worksite traffic arrangements.
There will be an increased amount of network refurbishment, renewal and construction work carried out in both the district heating and the electricity network during the winter and spring season of 2019 in anticipation of Finland's EU Presidency starting in July.
Helen wants to buy surplus heat from companies and properties. Open district heat increases diversity in heat procurement and promotes circular economy and climate-neutral energy production.
Helen is investigating the possibility of building a bioenergy heating plant in the Patola district of Helsinki on a heating plant site used by Helen. The heating plant planned for Patola will require a revision of the town plan to enable construction of a second plant at the current site.
Public open evening on environmental impacts of Tattarisuo bioenergy heating plant on Tuesday 27 November 2018
Helen is investigating the possibility of constructing a bioenergy heating plant in Tattarisuo, Helsinki. In November, the Uusimaa Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY) is organising a public open evening to disseminate the results of the environmental impact assessment.