See the program of the Future Energy Solutions Conference 2022 below.

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“Towards Energy Independent Europe”

Mon 7 Nov 2022

BotH2nia goes Lappeenranta Field Tour

Tue 8 Nov 2022

9.00 Registration is open, morning coffee

10.00-11.30 Welcome Session

Greetings of the City of Lappeenranta – Sanna Koskenranta, Chairman of the City Council
Where curiosity meets courage – Juha-Matti Saksa, Rector
Current EU-affairs: energy independence and Green Deal – Henna Virkkunen, MEP
Opening speech – Maria Ohisalo, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
Opportunities of the green transition: economic growth, productivity, competitiveness – Helena Sarén, Business Finland

11.30-12.30 Lunch and Networking

12.30-14.30 Hydrogen Economy and Synthetic Fuels

Managing Climate Change – how large industrial companies can contribute to the future energy solution – Christian Hoffman, UPM Energy
Technological perspectives on hydrogen economy – Jero Ahola, LUT University
E-Methanol production and industrial integration: case St1 – Riitta Silvennoinen, St1 Oy
Developing a competitive advantage – How will countries and regions differentiate – Simo Säynevirta, ABB Oy
H2 economy in South Carelia – H2 network supporting development – Sara Kärki, Gasgrid Finland Oy

14.30-15.30 Coffee and Networking

15.30-17.00 BotH2nia – The Hydrogen Valleys of North-East Europe

The story of BotH2nia – Matti Malkamäki, BotH2nia
Southeast Finland’s future as a Hydrogen Valley – Petteri Laaksonen, LUT University
Accelerating hydrogen – from a Northern Sweden perspective – Cecilia Wallmark – LTU, Luleå University of Technology
Nordic Hydrogen Valleys as part of Europe – Patrick Cnubben, New Energy Coalition

19.00 Evening program: Cocktail event at Saga Event Venue

Wed 9 Nov 2022

8.30-9.00 Morning coffee

9.00-11.00 Storing of Electricity and Heat

Finnish battery ecosystem as part of European value chain – Pertti Kauranen, LUT University
The role of power reserves in future energy markets – Jérémie Yvon, Neoen
Reuse of waste heat with innovative heating and cooling solution – Kamilla Björkman, E.ON Energiinfrastruktur AB   
Large heat storages in future energy systems, Rock Cavern Hot Water Accumulators – Arto Wegelius and Juha Esterinen, Afry Finland Oy
Decarbonizing islands with Liquid Air Energy Storages (LAES) – Anahita Farsaei, Sumitomo SHI FW
Power to heat thermal energy storage and its industrial applications – Aleksi Porkola, Elstor Oy

11.00-11.30 Coffee and Networking

11.30-13.45 Small Modular Reactor (SMR) and Heating, Future Opportunities

Opening, how to enable SMR technologies – Liisa Heikinheimo, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland
Technology review of SMRs – Juhani Hyvärinen, LUT University
Business opportunities to industry in SMRs – Jekaterina Lavonen, Finnuclear Association
Study: Towards Finnish SMR pilots – Ville Tulkki, VTT, Technical Research Centre of Finland
Panel hosted by Juhani Hyvärinen, panelists:

  • Liisa Heikinheimo
  • Tommi Nyman, VTT
  • Matti Kojo, Associate professor, LUT University
  • Arto Nikkanen, Lappeenrannan Energia
  • local politician

13.45-14.00 Closing of the conference

14.00 Lunch and networking