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Finland to build its first SMR for district heating in 2025

By District Energy posted 06-11-2024 16:49


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Finland is set to revolutionize its energy sector with the installation of its first small modular reactor (SMR) dedicated to district heating. Steady Energy, an innovative spin-off from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, has announced that construction will start in 2025. The project, estimated at between 15 and 20 million euros, could see the light of day in Helsinki or in other cities such as Kuopio and Lahti.

In Finland, more than half the energy used for heating comes from district heating, mainly fuelled by fossil fuels, peat and biomass. SMRs represent a promising solution for reducing CO2 emissions and dependence on fossil fuels. Steady Energy has already signed letters of intent with Kuopion Energia and Helen to build several district heating reactors from 2030. 

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