University students brainstorm future of urban heating: “Out-of-the-box thinking is key”

A team of Aalto University students has won accolades from their instructors for their idea to decarbonise Helsinki’s heating supply. They did so as part of a Thermal Energy Storage course this spring that asked its participants to come up with a solution for the Helsinki Energy Challenge.

Press release: Helsinki searches sustainable city heating solutions: Global one million euro challenge competition launches today

In a drastic turn to eliminate coal as the main source of district heating, The City of Helsinki today kicks off the Helsinki Energy Challenge – a global one million euro competition to find the future of urban heating. With the aim to find a solution sustainable in the long term, ideas presented must not rely on fossil fuel or biomass fired heating.