A Nordic team of companies and organisations embarked on a Helsinki Energy Challenge journey that created a wealth of new connections. Although the solution did not make it to the final round of the Challenge, work continues to offer it to cities in the near future. Scott Allison from Danish cluster CLEAN and Line Dahlberg from Urban systems urbs AB (urbs) tell us about why assembling a team for the Helsinki Energy Challenge was a win in itself.
Helsinki Energy Challenge is an ambitious project with the aim of re-creating the urban heating. The global one-million-euro challenge competition seeks to answer the question: How can we decarbonise the heating of Helsinki, using as little biomass as possible? It is time to reveal the results of the competition. Read more »
The Helsinki Energy Challenge finalist teams took part in a three-day virtual bootcamp in order to hone their solutions even further to suit the context of Helsinki. Each team had a full individual program filled with one-on-one meetings, joint sessions with all other teams as well as their own working time.
“Now we have come from 252 teams with over 1 500 innovators and solution providers to you who have been selected as the Helsinki Energy Challenge finalists. Have courage to think differently, challenge yourself and your team, do not settle for the usual road or approach, create something unique. Read more »
Ten teams have been selected for the final phase of the Helsinki Energy Challenge. The finalist teams highlight the international and interdisciplinary nature of the participants. They have a wide variety of proposals for how Helsinki can phase out the use of coal for heat production in the most sustainable way possible by 2029. Next, the competition is advancing into the co-creation phase.
In just a couple of short days, the teams participating in the Helsinki Energy Challenge will know if they made it to the finals or not.
The City of Toronto is one of the partner cities of the Helsinki Energy Challenge. The city was so impressed with the idea of government collaborating with stakeholders and innovators to find game-changing, sustainable solutions that they decided it was something they definitely wanted to explore.