• Exhibition

Farewell to fossil fuels

  • Industrial design and products
  • Architecture
  • Sustainability
Sep 3, Thu 08:00-21:00
Sep 4, Fri 08:00-20:00
Sep 5, Sat 09:00-17:00
Sep 7, Mon 08:00-21:00
Sep 8, Tue 08:00-21:00
Sep 9, Wed 09:00-21:00
Sep 10, Thu 08:00-21:00
Sep 11, Fri 08:00-20:00
Sep 12, Sat 09:00-17:00
Otaniementie 14
Event type
Free Admission
Accessibility for all

More than half of our energy still comes from fossil fuels. No single technology can replace our reliance on them. Get to know new energy solutions on one of Aalto university’s four Helsinki Design Week exhibition.

Our energy consumption continues to rise. By 2040, if we keep consuming the same way, energy consumption will have increased by nearly 50 percent.

Let’s play as a team and use our talents to replace the fossil fuel system. We need to produce renewable energy and find energy storage solutions for electricity, heating and transport.

Learn from the seven projects that battles in the game against fossil fuels:

1. The celebration of global differences in electricity markets


Zoom into the microdata of successful energy market transitions to help design cooler markets. Local market differences can be turned into strengths in scientific understanding. 

Video link to the performance of electricity markets is launched online 2.9 at aalto.fi

This research project is a collaboration between Aalto University and Wärtsilä, and is funded in part by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.


2.Printable solar cell technologies for smart buildings 

Imagine a solar cell that could be integrated into modern buildings without compromising  aesthetics. These cells can be made of abundant materials like titanium dioxide or carbon nanoparticles which are deposited on conducting surfaces with printing technologies.  

2.-25.9.2020, Väre, K Corridor Gallery, zero floor, Otaniementie 14

This project has received funding from Business Finland.


3. Solar energy through ChemisTree 

Is it possible to use trees in electricity production? Surprisingly, yes, it is! Transparent cellulose films can enable greater efficiency of solar cells through their haze effect. Also, by replacing the glass surfaces with cellulose films, we can more easily recycle and recover expensive and rare components present in solar panels. 

2.-25.9.2020, Väre, K Corridor Gallery, Otaniementie 14

This research project is a collaboration between Aalto University, University of Turku, University of British Columbia, and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, and it is a part of the FinnCERES Materials Bioeconomy Ecosystem.


4. BATCircle – Circular ecosystem of battery metals 

The European battery market value is forecasted to reach 250 billion euros by the year 2025, while the majority of the current Li-ion battery value chain is based in Asia. Get to know more about responsible sourcingrefining and production of active battery materials as well as efficient recycling of end-of-life batteries, which are needed for the on-going energy and mobility transitions., Väre, K Corridor gallery, Otaniementie 14

The research consortium consists of Aalto University, University of Eastesrn Finland, LUT University, University of Oulu, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and GTK Geological Survey of Finland and 23 companies and European battery network.


5. Electric-powered boat Skand 

The boat is powered by solar cells and makes no noise in the water. It has also been designed for rental use or as a city boat so that many people in the future can enjoy being on the water, while saving nature and materials., Väre, Kipsari Lobby gallery, Otaniementie 14

Partners: Skand and Engineering agency Sven Ståhle, Yacht design


6. Cool and Icy Waters – Ice research, a satellite exhibition 

This amazing exhibition showcases Aalto University’s world-class ice and marine technology research, which develops sustainable industrial innovations. Even though sea ice is getting thinner, we still need ice breakers as traffic on the waters grows and as demands for more environmentally energy efficient engines increases 

4.–20.9.2020, Helsinki Central Library Oodi, Kuutio


7.  Wood WondersClimate-friendly wood construction, a satellite exhibition

Wood Wonders presents building concepts and wood structures that are carbon neutral, recyclable and versatile. The exhibition introduces recent research projects engineering the chemical and mechanical properties of wood. 

5.2.20–30.6.21 Entrance hall 2B at Helsinki Airport  

The Finnish Ministry of the Environment has supported the exhibition. 

Luukku is a zero-energy house in the Finnish climate, featuring building materials selected to achieve lowest possible carbon footprint., Väre building,  K Corridor, Otaniementie 14

Kokoon offers a compact solution for temporary accommodation in an urban environment., Otakaari 5, backyard


BOOK A VISIT to the Cooler Planet exhibitions at Otaniemi:

Dear visitors according to the current coronavirus guidelines, only the Aalto students and personnel can visit the Otaniemi campus exhibitions without pre-booking

> enroll to see three exhibitions at once: Close the loops, Consume consciously and Farewell to fossil fuels

Address: Väre building, Aalto Universtity, Otaniementie 14, Espoo.

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