EV charging tests continue

It feels great to be able to combine our interest for cars with our project!
This time we had the opportunity to have the Volvo XC40 twin engine to test drive and charge. We have used the newly integrated charger that will ensure that the car’s battery is charged during none peak hours.

Test driving and test charging Volvo XC40

Work and fun combined

As part of the Horizon2020 project, where we also work on the EV charging solution, we got the opportunity to test drive the new ID.3 1ST from Volkswagen. ID.3 runs smoothly through the city, and the range is an impressive 425 km (wltp), which is enough even for getting to more long distance places, before it is time to re-charge.
In order to save money we will re-charge the battery, using the charging optimization solution provided by Salusfin. Here we are testing the charger by go-e. Thanks for letting us take this opportunity to test drive the new EV from Volkswagen in the beautiful warm autumn weather!

mySMARTLife meeting in Helsinki

EU’s Horizon2020 project mySMARTLife arranged the fourth periodic meeting in Helsinki. The venue took place in the brand new Metropolia campus.

Almost hundred project members from Lighthouse cities Hamburg, Nantes and Helsinki and follower cities Bydgoszcz (Pol), Rijeka (Cro) and Palentia (Spa) were participating in the meeting.

The mySMARTLife project aims at making the three Lighthouse Cities more environmentally friendly by reducing the CO2 emissions of the cities and increasing the use of renewable energy sources. More info on the project here.

Salusfin contribution to the project involves:

  • Smart heating solution with district heating demand response functionality, in collaboration with Helen Ltd
  • Smart personal E-vehicle charging solution.
mySMARTLife Cities Network

mySMARTLife Helsinki info

A new video on mySMARTLife is now available! Please check out the new video here.

The smart city project mySMARTLife is part of the EU Horizon 2020 program, which tests new solutions to mitigate climate change in cities. In this video you can learn what City of Helsinki has done in the field of energy renovations, urban mobility and ICT solutions.

Learn more on mySMARTLife project here.

Visit the project’s Facebook page: Mysmartlife Helsinki.

Merihaka covered by YLE News

YLE News did a detailed coverage on mySMARTLife project in Merihaka, Helsinki.
Salusfin solution with smart thermostats was installed to enable dynamic heating controls, energy savings and added living comfort. Residents are able to adjust temperatures according to their daily or weekly schedules, e. g. drop temperature during night time or vacation. The installations enable the local utility company Helen, also partner of mySMARTLife project, to start the heat demand response pilot in Merihaka.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No 731297.

Check out the coverage and the complete article by YLE here (in Finnish).

Improved living comfort

In Merihaka, Helsinki, a housing association decided to install smart heating controls to all apartments. Smart thermostats enable dynamic heating controls, energy savings and added living comfort. Residents can adjust temperatures according to their daily or weekly schedules, e. g. drop temperature during night time or vacation. The thermostats and the wireless solution are provided by mySMARTLife partner Salusfin Ltd.

A first set of thermostats has already been installed in 20 apartments. Info evenings were organised before the installations and additionally residents have been interviewed about issues relating to heating comfort.
The installations enable the local utility company Helen, also partner of mySMARTLife, to start the heat demand response pilot in Merihaka. Link to the original article is here.

Read more on the topic: mySMARTLife – Project News

Helsinki’s 4 smart ways

At the moment, 150 energy saving actions are being carried out in three Lighthouse Cities – Helsinki, Hamburg and Nantes – each solution adapted to serve the needs of that particular city. In Helsinki, there are altogether 4 ways of incorporating smart solutions into energy saving plans.

“As part of the six-year mySMARTLife project, European Lighthouse city Helsinki is looking to urban solutions to cut 70 percent of greenhouse gases. Along with Nantes and Hamburg, Helsinki is part of the mySMARTLife plan to transform cities into “more sustainable places where smart people and smart economy become reality.”

Find out more about Helsinki’s case in particular and how the capital is building on its past to develop its future. Follow the link to read the article: Four ways Helsinki is incorporating smart solutions.

EU-project to next level

General meeting of Helsinki’s housing association at Haapaniemenkatu 12 (Merihaka) made a decision to participate in mySMARTLife-project. As part of the project, Helen Oy and Salusfin will pilot demand response on district heated house. The objective is to install the solution in 12 district heated houses during this project. Salusfin will install individual heating controls in 170 apartments. With this Salusfin solution heating features can be adjusted based on individual needs on room level.

Intelligent energy solution

Helsinki is pioneer in intelligent energy solutions and Salusfin solution is part of the project. Cities globally produce 70% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Helsinki is taking great steps with its people and businesses to make the city carbon neutral. This goal is supported by the mySMARTLife project, which includes an experiment with autonomous electric bus and encourages housing associations in Merihaka to become more energy efficient.

The project is implemented by City of Helsinki, Helen Oy, Forum Virium Helsinki Oy, Metropolia Polytechnic, VTT Technical Research Center, Fourdeg Oy and Salusfin Oy. The European Commission has granted € 18 million funding for a joint project in 2017-2022. Helsinki’s part of the budget accounts for € 5.6 million. The project also includes the cities of Hamburg and Nantes.