June 25, 2020

Satakunta University of Applied Sciences will use geoenergy in the future – CO2 emissions will decrease by more than 90 percent

The property used by SAMK and Kesko in Pori’s Asema Square will be heated and cooled in the future with energy produced locally on the site. Geoenergy solution supports the carbon neutrality goals of both SAMK and property owner Hemsö. Adven is responsible for the implementation of the project.

The project will start in July, when 36 geowells will be drilled to a depth of 350 meters under the parking area of Asema Square. With geoenergy, CO2 emissions from heating and cooling the property are estimated to decrease by more than 90 percent.

The property is owned by Hemsö, which specializes in public real estate. It wants to be supporting SAMK’s environmental and carbon neutrality goals. The energy service for the property is provided by Adven. In the future, it will also be responsible for the operation and control of the energy system.

“With geoenergy, SAMK and Kesko, who opearate in the real estate, will be able to significantly reduce their emissions. Of course, it is also important for us in Hemsö that the properties we own are as ecological as possible”, says Mika Kvist, Hemsö’s Property Manager.

Students of energy and environmental technology at the university of applied sciences are also expected to get to familiarize with the solution. The aim is for students to have the opportunity to get acquainted with the operation of the energy system and to utilize the data generated from energy production.

According to Tero Hämäläinen, Head of Facilities and Security of Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, the geoenergy project on SAMK’s Pori campus will support SAMK’s mission to be a carbon-neutral university by 2030.

“In addition to travel, the energy consumption of buildings is the largest single source of emissions in universities, where various emission reduction measures and optimizations play a key role in achieving carbon neutrality. As a university of applied sciences, as an educator of regional experts, and as a developer, it is easy to be satisfied with the property owner’s active responsibility actions. SAMK is an everyday learning environment for future experts, and it is a great advantage to be utilizing new technology”, says Hämäläinen.

The bedrock acts as an accumulator for heating and cooling energy

Geoenergy for the property is produced by geowells and heat pumps, which utilize certified, wind-generated renewable electricity. The bedrock under the parking area acts as an accumulator to store heat in the summer. In colder weather in winter, heat is brought into use. Similarly, energy stored in the bedrock in winter can cool the property in summer.

“This project perfectly combines the goals of the property users, the property owner and Adven on the benefits offered by a modern energy system. It is great that SAMK’s students are offered the opportunity to get acquainted with the energy system of their own school property”, says Timo Koljonen, VP, Geoenergy Sales at Adven.

The energy service is scheduled to be commissioned in November 2020. It is estimated to generate approximately 3,700 megawatt hours of thermal energy and approximately 650 megawatt hours of cooling energy per year.

Additional information:

Hemsö, Property Manager Mika Kvist, tel. +358 50 307 2943, mika.kvist@hemso.se

Adven, VP, Geoenergy Sales, Timo Koljonen, tel. +358 50 466 6999, timo.koljonen@adven.com

Satakunnan ammattikorkeakoulu, Head of Facilities and Security Tero Hämäläinen, tel. +358 44 710 3210, tero.hamalainen@samk.fi

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