Espoo Clean Heat

Carbon neutral district heating in Espoo in the 2020s

Espoo Clean Heat

The logo of Espoo Clean Heat project

Fortum and the City of Espoo, Finland, 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, heat pumps and bioenergy. Artificial intelligence will optimise the operations of the whole district heating system.

Espoo Clean Heat transformation journey

Examples of our clean energy projects

Spring offering for data centers

2025 (est): Circulating excess heat from two large data centres

Data volumes, digitalisation, and cloud services are growing everywhere. More and more data centres are needed to accommodate this. It makes most sense to locate large data centres in places where the waste heat generated by the cooling of the servers can be captured and used, for example, for district heating to as many customers as possible. This creates substantial climate benefits.

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Otaniemi geotermic heat plant

2022: Otaniemi Geothermal Heat Plant

Our partner ST1 has drilled the world’s deepest geothermal heat wells at 6.4 kilometers in Otaniemi, Espoo. The plant is expected to start production in 2022 for the district heating network in the Espoo, Kauniainen and Kirkkonummi area.

Suomenoja heat pump facility

2021: The new heat pump unit in Suomenoja

The new 25 MW unit was built in the Suomenoja heat pump facility. Similarly to the other units, the new unit will use the excess heat from treated waste water, as well as sea water in the summer. The unit was commissioned in 2021. The facility will increase the share of carbon-neutral production to 50% in 2022. 

Kivenlahti facility in Espoo

2020: New bio-heating facility in Kivenlahti

The new biomass-fired 49 megawatt heating plant was commissioned in the spring 2020 next to the existing Kivenlahti facility, where two wood pellet boilers already produce district heat. The new facility replaced one of the two remaining coal-fired units in the Suomenoja power plant. The commissioning of the facility increased the share of carbon-neutral district heating in Espoo to 40%.

Share of carbon neutral district heating in Espoo (forecast)

The share of carbon neutral district heating in Espoo (forecast)

 

Media kits

Photo of Timo Kivi

Timo Kivi

Head of Sales
Heating and Cooling Finland
Tel: +358 400 615 700
timo [dot] kivi [at] fortum [dot] com

Heikki Keskiväli

Heikki Keskiväli

Manager, Strategic Projects
Heating and Cooling Finland
heikki [dot] keskivali [at] fortum [dot] com