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.
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.
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.
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.
Fill in and send the registration form online 5th June – 30th September 2023.
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?
The winners of the 2022 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
Markku Mäkelä, Business Finland
Ulla Suomi, Motiva
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Communication Manager Minna Mattsson
minna.mattsson [at] motiva.fi
Communications Planner Jenni Marsio
jenni.marsio [at] motiva.fi