Helsinki´s demonstration area Vanhankaupunginlahti (old Town Bay) is representing the history, present and future of smart energy systems in Finland. While the oldest hydroelectric plant in Finland is still producing electricity on the site, the world´s most eco-efficient coal-based electricity and heat co-generation plants and further modern power plants are situated right next to it. A major step forward was the recent decision by the City of Helsinki to phase out the current coal power plant by 2024. mySMARTLife is involved in promoting the transition towards decentralised production and increasing the share of renewable energy sources.
In this high performance area, four zones of intervention for the 47 mySMARTLife actions can be identified:
- Zone 1 ("Merihaka & Vilhonvuori" retrofitting area) is the residential retrofitting zone where large retrofitting actions are taking place, including smart metering and control for heat demand response. This service will also be connected to the urban platform through IoT allowing a performance evaluation and thermal imaging e.g. to pinpoint heat loss and management and optimisation of the district heating and cooling.
- Activities in Zone 2 ("Kalasatama" new construction area) are focusing on the construction of a high-performance residential zone with smart home solutions, smart meters in all flats, the integration of renewable energy sources for example to the e-mobility charging network and utilising waste heat from individual sources.
- Zone 3 (Viikki environment house) comprises a high performance office building where the contribution of renewable energy sources will be maximised through a better control and power management.
- Zone 4 (old town bay area) covers the entire district and even city level. Several interventions, mainly mobility actions, will be implemented.