Carbon neutral district heating in Espoo in the 2020sEspoo Clean Heat
Fortum and the City of Espoo have committed to carbon-neutral district heating during the 2020s in the network that operates in the Espoo, Kauniainen and Kirkkonummi regions. The development work has since been accelerated with an intermediate goal to discontinue the use of coal in 2025. The accelerated project for carbon-neutrality in 2020's is called Espoo Clean Heat.
The new generation of district heating will be based on replacing fossil fuels with smart and flexible solutions such as excess heat utilisation, renewable electricity, geothermal energy and bioenergy. Artificial intelligence will optimise the operations of the whole district heating system.
2021: The new heat pump unit in Suomenoja
The new 20 MW unit will be built in the Suomenoja heat pump facility. As the other units, also the new unit will utilize the excess heat from treated waste water and sea water in the summer. The unit is expected to be commissioned in autumn 2021. The facility will raise the share of carbon-neutral production to 50% in 2022.
Share of carbon neutral district heating in Espoo (forecast)