Energy Genius of the Year 2024

Energy Genius of the Year is looking for genius acts of energy efficiency. In this competition, even small actions can mean great things. Effectiveness, distinctiveness and courage are assets. The Energy Authority, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and Motiva award the most laudable acts of energy efficiency.

 

 

What makes a measure energy genius?

Effective and productive

An effective energy efficiency measure is tangible and significant for the actor. The measure may also have wider regional and societal significance. A productive measure has been successfully executed and offers diverse benefits.

 

Imaginative and inspiring

Imaginative energy efficiency measures stand out. The most inspiring measures emanate the desire to improve operations and to create and try new ways of doing things. Courageous and fresh implementations are often a sign of ingenuity.

 

Competition

Sign up or nominate

Sign up your own organisation or tip us off of an organisation, which you think has promoted energy efficiency exceptionally well. The competition is open to those companies and municipal actors who have joined the Energy Efficiency Agreement. A system/service provider can nominate, for example, their client company or municipality for the competition, if the organisation has joined the Energy Efficiency Agreement. You can also participate in the competition with several parties’ joint energy efficiency measure.

 

Eligable measures

You can participate in the competition with an energy efficiency deed, which is a concrete measure to enhance energy use, a campaign, training, a communications deed, a procedure or any exemplary way to promote energy efficiency.

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Competition schedule

Registration is carried out using an online form. Before signing up, it is a good idea to study the competition rules and to ensure that the organisation has joined the Energy Efficiency Agreement for 2017-2025.

Registration opens in June 2024.

 

 

Competition guidelines

The guidelines will provide answers to the following questions:

Who is eligible for the competition? What kinds of energy efficiency measures are eligible? How do you register for the competition? Is the information you provide public? What are the selection criteria for winning?

Competition guidelines will be published in June 2024.

Jury

The winners of the Energy Genius competition are selected by a jury, whose members include highly respected experts in the field.

Tiina Sekki, Energy Authority
Pia Kotro, The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
Janne Hietaniemi, Solved
Esa Vakkilainen, LUT University
Ulla Suomi, Motiva
Annukka Saari, Technology Industries of Finland

Energy Genius 2023 - Mölnlycke Health Care

Process Heat Recovery

An internal heat recovery network was built at Mölnlycke Health Care’s Mikkeli factory. Surplus heat from production is collected with an internal heat collection network from nine objects and used to heat the building.

Energy Genius 2023 - Technopolis

Data Analytics To Control Building Automation

Technopolis started using data analytics to control building automation and achieved substantial energy saving – without compromising indoor conditions. Heat consumption dropped by almost a quarter in the pilot sites.

Energy Genius 2023 - Helen

Ellen's Energy Adventure

Helen created an energy-themed children’s book and teaching material with a compelling story and a visuals. In the book, the little girl Ellen helps the lost energy, Posi and Nega, to get back into the power grid. In addition to Solar, Water and Wind Power, Coal, Geothermal and Biogas, Ellen and her friends get to know Artificial Intelligence and Hydrogen Baby.

ENERGY GENIUS OF THE YEAR 2022 – AALTO UNIVERSITY & FORTUM

Otaniemi carbon-neutral block heating concept

Aalto University and Fortum have developed an energy-genius block-level heating and cooling system for the Otaniemi campus where industrial-scale heat pumps produce heat from the air and the waste heat of local properties.

ENERGY GENIUS OF THE YEAR 2022 – VALIO LTD

Heat recovery system at the Lapinlahti plant

In 2022, Valio’s Lapinlahti plant introduced a system that utilises flue-gas condensing technology, heat pumps and heat accumulators, as well as advanced control automation. The solution significantly improves energy efficiency in the plant and reduces emissions.

ENERGY GENIUS OF THE YEAR 2022 – VALMET OYJ

Reducing air flow with solenoid valves

Valmet installed in its factory automatic solenoid valves that reduce the consumption of compressed air produced by electricity. Solenoid valves prevent the flow of unnecessary compressed air to the machine tool by restricting the flow of compressed air.

ENERGY GENIUS OF THE YEAR 2021 - SOK

Comprehensive energy management in S Group’s grocery logistics centre

Energy efficiency in the S Group’s logistics centre located in Sipoo has been improved by means of comprehensive energy management. The logistics centre is the largest building in Finland with just over 216,000 square metres of floor area.

ENERGY GENIUS OF THE YEAR 2021 – VATAJANKOSKI OY

Utilising waste heat from gypsum board production in the district heating network

Vatajankoski Oy utilises waste heat from the production of Knauf Oy’s gypsum boards in its district heating network. The waste heat meets about one-third of the total annual energy demand of the Kankaanpää district heating network.

 

ENERGY GENIUS OF THE YEAR 2021 – HOLLOLA AND LAHTI ENERGIA

Energy efficiency and knowledge-based management in Hollola

Mobile and versatile sensor technology provides a new way of improving energy efficiency and indoor air quality in residential properties. Measurement data shows the true status of energy efficiency and contributes to knowledge-based management of energy efficiency.

ENERGY GENIUS OF THE YEAR 2020 - OVAKO IMATRA

Energy-efficient vacuum degassing

The steelworks was the first in Finland to start using mechanic vacuum pumps in the vacuum degassing of steel. This reduced the annual energy consumption of vacuum degassing by about 80 per cent in comparison to the previous multi-stage steam jet ejector system. The volume of energy saved, 20 GWh, corresponds to the annual consumption of 1,000 detached homes heated by electricity.

ENERGY GENIUS OF THE YEAR 2020 – LIDL FINLAND

Energy-smart stores

Lidl Finland is testing energy-efficient solutions and procedures in its energy-smart stores. The combination of geothermal heat and the recovery of condensing heat is utilised in Sutela in Kotka: the condensing heat of cold appliances is utilised and the surplus heat is pumped into the ground, acting as a heat accumulator. Energy use is optimised with the aid of automated systems and remote reading. The company also uses a virtual power plant for 136 stores to balance consumption peaks.

ENERGY GENIUS OF THE YEAR 2020 – ELISA & NOKIA

Liquid-cooled 5G base station

Elisa deployed a new kind of liquid-cooled mobile network base station, developed by Nokia. With the solution, the energy usage of the base station is reduced by up to a third and carbon dioxide emissions by 80 per cent at best.

ENERGY GENIUS OF THE YEAR 2020 – PAULIG & HELEN

Utilisation of waste heat in the roastery

In the Paulig coffee roastery located in Vuosaari in Helsinki, heat is recovered from the roasting process and conducted to Helen’s district heating network to heat up homes in Helsinki. The amount of waste heat recovered from the roasting process corresponds to the annual heat usage of 1,000 one-bedroom flats.

2019 Energy Genius - Kesko and Granlund

Energy circulates in a store

The awarded energy genius solution improves the energy efficiency of the refrigerating systems in grocery stores. The new system combines the refrigerating system, heat pump and the recovery systems for energy recycling. It utilises condensation heat, a by-product of cooling, seamlessly for heating the property.

2019 Energy Genius - MSK Plast

Idling walks help spot energy waste

The tours of the facilities at MSK Plast, which produces plastic parts, carried out during quiet hours revealed numerous objects which were consuming energy unnecessarily. Fixing those will bring significant savings.

2019 Energy Genius - Orion

Recovering flash steam

The Orion Group’s subsidiary Fermion heats its Oulu plant with the waste heat from the flash steam of industrial water. The energy saved through this method equals the energy consumed by approximately 25 detached houses and reduces the CO2 emissions by an estimated 42,700 kg per year.

2019 Energy Genius - Lapua

Energy experiences for school children

At Lapua schools, concrete examples and participation instil energy skills as part of the learning journey. Games, visits and gamification create powerful experiences for pupils and help accumulate important future energy skills.

Enquiries

Communication Manager Minna Mattsson
Motiva Oy
minna.mattsson [at] motiva.fi

Communications Planner Jenni Marsio
Motiva Oy
jenni.marsio [at] motiva.fi