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Helen has carried out a feasibility study on various alternatives of utilising seawater as a source of heat for industrial-scale heat pumps in Helsinki. The project is now progressing to the environmental impact assessment stage. In June, a public presentation meeting on the project will be held as a webinar.
As a result of an agreement signed by the real estate asset management company Sponda and Helen, 100% of the electricity consumption of Sponda’s properties will be covered with emission-free wind power. The agreement supports Sponda’s objective of carbon neutrality.
Carbon-neutral district heat from the waste heat of data centres: homes in Helsinki to be heated by Telia’s data centre
Telia and the energy company Helen have agreed on the utilisation of heat produced in a data centre. According to the plans, waste heat collected from Telia’s modern data centre in Pitäjänmäki will be transmitted into the district heating network for distribution to homes and properties in Helsinki as from June 2022. In future, the data centre can provide heat for the homes of more than 20,000 Helsinki residents.
Helen is strengthening its position in the wind power market: looking for European growth companies in addition to Finnish wind farm investments
Helen’s wind power production will increase five-fold as a result of its wind farm investments last year. The company is still seeking new, interesting wind farm projects in Finland. It is also studying several potential investment projects in European growth companies in the wind power sector.
In a unique pilot project of Helen and Paulig, the waste heat of Paulig’s coffee roastery is recovered and utilised in the heating of homes in Helsinki. Today, the project was presented with the Energy Genius of the Year award, which is granted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, the Energy Authority, and the state-owned sustainable development company Motiva.
Helen to significantly increase its wind power production – total investment of EUR 100 million in a new wind farm
Helen has started the construction work of the Lakiakangas 3 wind farm in Ostrobothnia in partnership with the project developer CPC Finland. The project supports Helen’s target to increase wind power production fivefold in two years. Energy generated by the new wind farm will be available to Helen’s customers in 2022.
The planning of the City Refinery, a joint venture by Helen, Lassila & Tikanoja and VTT, is making progress. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (MEAE) has granted energy aid to Helen for the City Refinery project where renewable raw materials can be processed from non-recyclable materials and utilised in the transport and materials sectors. The City Refinery is planned for Vuosaari.
Helen will close down the energy production use of the Vanhankaupunginkoski power plant museum. The museum power plant has no national significance in terms of energy production: however, the plant and especially the dam in the Vanhankaupunginkoski Rapids have harmful impacts on the ecosystem and migrating fish stocks in the river.
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.
One of Helsinki's largest solar power plants is being built on the roof of Messukeskus Expo and Convention Centre, and the panels are now available to rent as Helen's designated panels.