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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.
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.
Helen is preparing to replace coal in energy production. The Government’s legislative proposal to ban coal, presented today, will accelerate the investment decisions, but it will also prevent utilisation of new, developing technologies.
Helen is launching a new district heating service on the market: a smart heat distribution centre saves energy and reduces heating costs for residents. The smart heat distribution centre creates equal indoor conditions for all apartments of a housing company.
Helen is providing a free charging station for electric cyclists on the Katajanokka waterfront in Helsinki. The e-bike charging station is the first of its kind in Finland and utilises solar panels and an electricity storage unit as power sources. The charging station is now open to city residents at the side of Allas Sea Pool, next to Flying Cinema.
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 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.
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 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.