An archipelago of floating islands to store heat. Italian architect Carlo Ratti has come up with a bold project named hot heart, which is set to become one of the largest infrastructure deals of its kind. These are located on the coast of Helsinki The islands were designed to store thermal energy during the cold winter months. Apart from the capital, host man-made tropical forest and diverse ecosystems around the world, to form a vast new public recreational space. The project was completed in collaboration with various interdisciplinary teams including Carlo Ratti Associati CRA, Rambol, Transsolar, Danfossleinheit, Schneider Electric, OP Financial Group, Schlaichbergermann Partners and Squint/Opera. won the Helsinki Energy Challenge,
Hot Heart: One step closer to carbon neutrality
organized by the City of Helsinki with the aim of Accelerate the city’s move to carbon neutrality in heating systems by 2030, Hot Heart is a modular and adaptable intervention, which can be replicated in other cities with similar climatic conditions. Helsinki is experiencing particularly cold months, with temperatures dropping to -20 degrees, and an estimated heating demand of 6000 GWh. are for the island Cover entire demand without adding carbon emissionsWith an estimated 10% lower cost than current conventional methods.
The technical ingenuity behind Hot Heart”
this is how the whole system works a sophisticated giant thermal batteryin which heat from renewable energyproduced at low cost stored in ten cylindrical basins under water, each having a diameter of 225 metres. During the winter the stored heat is taken from the tanks to be fed into the city’s heating distribution network.
What makes this project truly unique and multifaceted is that Ability to expand as an adjunct to Helsinki’s accessible public space, Opening an unknown road to the sea. In addition to its thermal storage properties, four of the ten hot water basins are surrounded by “floating forests” in domes designed to provide the city of Helsinki and its residents with a climate-agnostic experience, reminiscent of its frigid origins. Climate is different.
sustainability and a vision of the future
The forests within the domes are maintained in a cyclic manner Thanks to the natural heat provided by the floating dock below. The use of powerful LED technologies is designed to maintain optimum temperatures for the wellbeing of forests such as the Amazon and provide thermally comfortable public spaces for both visitors and residents.
All of the design and operation of heat storage ponds reveal another level of sophisticated technology. Thanks to artificial intelligence, the central concept of the project is to use Seawater-based heat pump to convert wind, solar and other forms of energy into heat, which is then stored in the Hot Heart’s tanks. Artificial intelligence helps manage the production and consumption of thermal energy in a synchronous manner, stabilizing the national energy grid with respect to variable supply.
Carlo Ratti, founder of CRA, points to the cost-effectiveness of the heating system storage project, as renewable energy is becoming cheaper and cheaper to produce, but storage is still prohibitively expensive. the idea behind the project Use these giant ‘thermal batteries’ to store energy when prices are low Or even withdraw it when required by the district heating system, when negative, and during peak demand. The model would also apply to many coastal cities with similar climates. it also describes Hot Heart as a unique experience that unites the natural world to artificial Hot Heart is planned to be fully operational in Helsinki by 2028.
Towards carbon-neutrality by Helsinki 2030
helsinki is a city where Nature’s constant presence in daily life, The residential areas are surrounded by parks, forests and the sea, reminding visitors and residents of the importance of their daily choices in contributing to eco-sustainable development. The city is actively striving to be a model of sustainabilityIn which the emphasis is on developing efficient public transport, recycling of waste and reducing unnecessary consumption.
Families and citizens of Helsinki are encouraged to make greener choices in their everyday lives. However, the city is also taking extensive action to combat climate change. Helsinki’s climate targets are much more ambitious than the rest of Finland and ofEuropean Union, The city aims to become carbon-neutral by 2030, achieve zero emissions by 2040, and become carbon negative in the future.
Fun and easy recycling in Helsinki
Helsinki showing It also has a commitment to promoting more sustainable recycling practices., Countless citizen initiatives are tackling this problem by actively involving citizens. Citizen-run social media recycling group, They provide a virtual space where used items can easily find new owners., The idea is simple: Instead of always buying new things, you can give a second life to items you already have.
Helsinki offers many opportunities to find real treasures at the area’s flea markets and waste recovery and storage centers. These places are truly a heaven for those looking for high quality items at affordable prices. Flea markets, especially in the spring and summer, are filled with people looking to recycle their old items and earn something in return. Ahead, Helsinki is rapidly moving towards a sustainable future, encouraging the sharing and lending of goods, City libraries offer services such as 3D printing and lending of various tools and accessories, helping to reduce the purchase and possession of non-essential items.
Helsinki is proving to be a City at the forefront of tackling environmental challenges To be actively involved in the fight against climate change and to promote sustainable practices among its citizens. Thanks to initiatives such as recycling and sharing items, Helsinki is creating an increasingly aware and responsible community, ready to embrace a sustainable future.