The solar energy system consists of 80 panels and its capacity is 20 kW. Its estimated annual production is equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of about three single-family houses. The system will increase the energy efficiency of the Finnish Meteorological Institute’s Dynamicum building and will provide real-time data on solar energy production.
“Our plan is to use the solar power in our energy consumption and to find out exactly how much energy the panels produce in reality in different weather conditions in Finland,” says Pirkko Pylkkö from the Finnish Meteorological Institute.
“Utilising solar energy will reduce the amount of electricity purchased for the Dynamicum building and is a natural next step in building maintenance, which is carried out in line with our operating policy to advance sustainability and energy efficiency,” notes expert in building services engineering Pasi Hyyppä from Senate Properties, the owner of the property.
The solar power plant at Kumpula is part of Fortum’s Intelligent Solar Energy Management from Cell to Grid (INTESEM) virtual power plant project, which aims to find an optimal and cost-efficient solution for distributed solar energy.
“We believe that optimising and combining solar energy production will improve the cost efficiency of solar energy systems – and thus also demand for them – in the Nordic countries. Adding integrated storage to the solar energy system improves the power plants’ supply and predictability,” says Eero Vartiainen, Solar Technology Manager, Fortum.
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INTESEM virtual power plant project
The goal of Fortum’s Intelligent Solar Energy Management from Cell to Grid INTESEM virtual power plant project is to find an optimal and cost-efficient solution for distributed solar energy. The project is creating a concept for a so-called virtual power plant (VPP), which means an aggregation of small-scale, geographically decentralised electricity production and consumption sites that can be centrally controlled like one large power plant. The pilot system consists of several solar power plants in Finland and Sweden. The solution aims to increase small-scale electricity production without putting stress on the grid operations or on handling the peak loads. The other party in the INTESEM project is Ferroamp, a Swedish manufacturer of inverters, www.ferroamp.com
Photos of the solar power plant