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Large heat pumps arrive in Helsinki

Industrial-scale heat pumps from France, to be installed in the Esplanade underground cooling plant, will arrive in Finland by sea this week. The heat pump parts will be transported from the Vuosaari Harbour to Helen’s district cooling cavern.

Helen is currently building a new heating and cooling plant in the cooling centre located under the Esplanade Park. The plant consists of two large heat pumps that produce cooling and heat. These pumps will help to utilise waste heat even more efficiently than before. The heating and cooling plant will be commissioned in spring 2018.

The heat pumps to be installed under the Esplanade Park consist of large sections, with the largest weighing almost 27,000 kilos. In the cavern, the sections will be lifted off the transport vehicles and then moved and installed in place on the bedding. One assembled heat pump entity is about 11 metres long, 6 metres wide and 5 metres high, with a total weight of over 98,100 kilos.

The new heating and cooling plant will reduce Helen’s carbon dioxide emissions by about 20,000 tonnes per year.

– Helen is on the way to climate neutrality, and the heat pump investment is one of the measures towards climate neutral production. The Esplanade heat pumps will meet the growing need for district cooling in Helsinki. In addition to district cooling, we will also use the pumps for producing heat and that way compensate the use of fossil fuels, says Director Heikki Hapuli of Helen Ltd.

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