Meet the Buyer: Aalto University, City of Espoo, Smart Otaniemi (FI)

 

 

Deadline for Applications: 20 November 2020

Venue: Digital Event

This MTB will formally be launched with a webinar as part of the event: The Future of the Built Environment on October 22, 2020. Join the event to receive more information about the actual challenge and what the buyers can offer to the startups.

What is a Meet the Buyer event? 

Meet the Buyer events offer interesting opportunities for your company to get in touch with the leading enterprises in a variety of business sectors. The event is invite-only and will give you the chance to have an individual one-to-one meeting with key decision-makers. Join the event, establish valuable collaborations, pitch your products and services, and discuss business partnerships that can fast-forward your company’s growth.

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Partners: City of Espoo, The Six City Strategy, Smart Otaniemi innovation ecosystem, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., Aalto University Startup Center and Kirahub

Espoo is the second-largest city in Finland with 280.000 residents and a part of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. Espoo aims to be Europe’s most sustainable city and carbonneutral in the 2020s. Clean technology solutions will be developed and implemented with partners to support sustainable growth. Together with businesses, the city is at the forefront of smart urban development, climate work and the circular economy.

 

What is their business?

Espoo is the second-largest city in Finland with 280.000 residents and a part of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. Espoo aims to be Europe’s most sustainable city and carbonneutral in the 2020s. Clean technology solutions will be developed and implemented with partners to support sustainable growth. Together with businesses, the city is at the forefront of smart urban development, climate work and the circular economy.

Kera is the most extensive zoning project currently running in Espoo. The Kera area will undergo major changes in the 2020s. The industrial and warehouse area will be transformed to an urban and smart district with at least 14,000 residents and 10,000 jobs. There are already large corporate headquarters in Kera and the new change is beginning with the revival of silent and crumbling industrial halls for temporary use. Kera will be built into a pearl of sustainable urban development and an international reference point where the city, together with its partners, will create new clean and
intelligent solutions that make life easier for residents.

The modern Kera, which will be built in the coming years, will provide a significant pilot ground for new smart city solutions, which will also pave the way for larger international projects. Espoo’s role as a UN model city for sustainable development contributes to this. The City of Espoo’s objectives of permanently becoming the most sustainable city in Europe and achieve carbon-neutrality during the 2020s will be taken into account in Kera’s development. Smart solutions and permanent value will be created through the cooperation launched with the City’s partner network.

The goal for Kera is to become an international example of circular economy based on a digital platform. The aim is to create a pleasant, safe and clean district based on cocreation and circular economy. This will include testing and introducing new digital solutions and applications. Kera will feature, for example, new energy solutions, modes of transport and urban food production as part of a vibrant urban environment. The existing railway traffic and the ongoing development of 5G technology in the area make it possible to implement cutting-edge IoT and mobility solutions already in the
construction phase. New buildings will be constructed while the repurposing and temporary use of the existing ones will be enhanced.

 

What are they looking for? 

The energy sector is at a turning point. The transition to low-emission energy production methods and new smart technologies is shaping the operating environment. At the same time, energy production is being dispersed even to the property or flat level – anyone can become a producer and distributor of energy. This upheaval is further being increased by the opportunities presented by digitalisation and the electrification of transport.

An energy ecosystem has been outlined for the Kera district in Espoo to respond to the challenges of the future. The objective is for energy production, distribution and management to take place in a multifaceted manner as a whole, serving the citizens in Kera. In practice, the new ecosystem could mean, among other things, regional and city block-specific energy production, a smart grid, smart buildings, household demand response, energy storage and energy communities.

The goal of future energy services is for solutions to be easy and cost-effective for the citizens and, at the same time, low in emissions, supporting the regional carbon neutrality target. The development of Kera’s new energy services and solutions is an example of cooperation that breaks organisational boundaries and is based on a new kind of voluntary multi-operator model, an energy ecosystem.

 

City of Espoo together with The Six City Strategy and in collaboration with Smart Otaniemi innovation ecosystem, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., Aalto University Startup center and Kirahub are looking for solutions for the following topics related to the development of the Kera area and especially to area’s energy services:

  1. Energy communities: Service design and concept
  2. 2-way low-heat network – How to get the properties to produce and supply energy to the grid and exploit the investment potential?
  3. Electricity and heat energy stores – How to implement?
  4. Producing electricity in the area – How to create cost-effective model?

For more information, read their BUYERS PROFILE HERE

 

How can you apply?

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Camila Vila-Echague by sending her an email to camila.vila@cambridgecleantech.org.uk  briefly outlining the interest of your company in the Buyer’s case. You should include a summary of around 150 words of why your product or service meets the buyer’s needs, a link to your website, and your contact details. We are looking forward to hearing from you!