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Interim report: District cooling is expanding, new heating and cooling plant under the Esplanade Park
Helen's net sales and results showed a positive development, and the number of customers increased further.
Helen's district cooling production is at a record high as its customers' cooling demand has increased more than threefold from the June level. Cooling is produced at full capacity in the Katri Vala and the Esplanade heating and cooling plants and in the Salmisaari power plant. A sufficient cooling output for the customers is safeguarded with the huge underground reservoirs under the Esplanade Park and in Pasila.
The survey on improving fish migration in the western tributary of the River Kymijoki, which was launched by Helen, continues in the form of fish radio telemetry studies and simulation of fish passage alternatives.
Helen, Neste, Borealis and energy companies in the Helsinki Metropolitan region to study heat recovery at two industrial facilities in Kilpilahti
Helen Ltd, Neste Oyj and Borealis Polymers Oy, in co-operation with the energy companies Fortum Power and Heat Oy, Vantaan Energia Oy and Porvoon Energia Oy – Borgå Energi Ab, will conduct a preliminary study on recovering and utilizing excess heat generated at the Neste and Borealis industrial manufacturing facilities in Kilpilahti. The study will focus on the technical and economic impacts of recovering excess heat at these facilities and recirculating it into district heating systems in
Helen is continuing its investments in the recycling of excess heat by building a new heat pump to complement the underground heating and cooling plant located in Sörnäinen. Thanks to the new heat pump, the thermal load of the Baltic Sea will be reduced considerably when the heat of the purified waste water will be recovered even more efficiently than before.
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.
Environmental impact assessment of Tattarisuo bioenergy heating plant continues – a new site option is now included
Helen is exploring various options of building new bioenergy heating plants in Helsinki. The environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the plant planned for Tattarisuo continues in accordance with the statement issued by the Uusimaa Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centre of Uusimaa) so that the EIA report will include a new site option south of the Tattarisuo industrial area.
The highest temperature of the year so far, 29.6 degrees, was measured at Helsinki Airport on 15 May. On the same day, the consumption of Helen's district cooling reached a record high.