Grow and develop your Smart Energy business in Helsinki
Tomorrow’s smart energy solutions are created in Helsinki. Join the ecosystem and light a new spark to your energy business.
As the capital of Finland, a leading smart energy country, Helsinki offers companies lucrative opportunities in the development and sales of smart energy solutions in an open and vibrant ecosystem. The most notable areas are smart grids, virtual power plants, energy-efficient buildings, and energy storage.
Energy efficiency and the goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2035 have guided Helsinki and Finland to adopt and develop progressive energy solutions such as smart meters, district heating, and distributed energy production relying heavily on renewables. In Helsinki, innovation activities draw on the world-renowned technical experience in 5G, AI, and IoT. Moreover, RDI and sales benefit from the liberal energy legislation, funding programs, public testbeds, and the progressive strategy on clean energy and efficient ICT infrastructure.
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Energy production is Finland is based on the target to reach carbon neutrality by 2035. In 2020, already 51% of electricity generated in Finland came from renewable resources, and CO2 neutral electricity amounted to 85%. Domestically, Finland is able to generate 55% of the used electricity. Hydropower is imported from the Nordic market to complement the national supply.
The Finnish production palette has been designed diverse and balanced to ensure electricity supply security and flexibility. Both the production and the use of energy have to be flexible because an increasing share of electricity is produced by weather-dependent solar and wind power. Utilizing the data collected by smart meters, an intelligent and flexible energy system adjusts production and consumption as needed, and production can be continuously developed to improve efficiency.
In the Helsinki metropolitan area, companies and researchers can leverage public testbeds in their smart city-related R&D&I activities: Smart Otaniemi, Kalasatama, and Jätkäsaari. For their pilots, companies partner up with other organizations, citizens, and end users to produce valid and accurate data of their product. Find all open calls via Testbed.Helsinki or reach out our business advisors for assistance!
Take also advantage of Helsinki Region Infoshare, an open data service maintained by the Helsinki Region, and digital tools such as this 3D Energy and Climate Atlas of Helsinki.
Moreover, in Finland, the national energy ecosystem collaborates closely. The largest energy cluster in Europe extends from Helsinki to the cities of Lahti, Vaasa, and Kotka, and the Northern Savo region.
Smart Otaniemi is a living lab developing smart energy systems. The university campus combines pilots for smart energy, buildings, mobility, and energy storage.
Jätkäsaari Mobility Lab enables tests and pilots in an urban environment and operation with a strong network of partners. Jätkäsaari is a new and growing housing district near central Helsinki.
Smart Kalasatama is a vivid Smart City experimental innovation platform. The area is developed flexibly through pilot projects of smart and clean urban infrastructure and services.
Pasila is a transportation hub and thereby an excellent future location for new jobs and residents. Moreover, Pasila will be a key district for further office construction in the upcoming years.
Bioruukki is a unique piloting and scaling place for energy, bio and circular economy.
The energy ecosystem in Helsinki is open and connected both within the region and nationally, and the value chains are mature. Below, we’ve listed some on-going, interesting projects.