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Different forms of energy production are still being researched very openly and extensively. In evaluating the potential of different technologies, we will take into consideration above all ground and air source heat pumps, solar panels, solar collectors, small-scale wind power facilities and small-scale CHP facilities (combined heat and power production). At the moment for example solar electricity and geothermal heat systems are being planned in some of the buildings.

However, energy self-sufficiency cannot be reached only by increasing production, but also by reducing consumption and enhancing energy efficiency.

There is a lot of analysis, research work and practical work involved in the project.

For example, a masters's thesis related to distributed heat production and heating network was implemented during winter 2014-2015. There are also topics for other different study-related projects, design competitions for students and research work. If you are interested in cooperation or participation, please contact us:

Satu Kankaala
satu.kankaala(at)aalto.fi
(0400) 535 919

Energy Self-sufficient Otaniemi 2030 is our long-term aim, and we are conducting analysis related to this. Since the final decisions regarding the technologies to be used in Otaniemi have not yet been made and since the cost structure of many technologies will change in the long term, we do not yet know the exact costs. However, the costs will be taken into account in the planning and before making decisions. The aim of Aalto University Properties as a limited company is an energy system that is most viable from an economic point of view.

A central factor in energy self-sufficiency is influencing the consumption, in other words improving energy efficiency. The measures for improving energy efficiency not only advance the energy self-sufficiency aim as well as the aim for reducing environmental impacts, they also pay themselves back and create cost savings in the long term. Similarly, an open energy system, where different production methods can freely compete, is cost-effective in the long term.

Everyone can affect energy efficiency through own behaviour. The most important decisions concerning energy efficiency are made in the daily life. For example the share of lighting and office equipment of the total energy consumption of office spaces can be as high as 60%. Energy consumption is tried to be reduced through education and providing information on energy consumption.