As for Vaasa University’s space projects, EnergyWeek commenced on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, even though the event itself began on Monday. 

Project managers and researchers from the Digital Economy research platform were present at Vaasa University’s booth on Tuesday morning, sharing information about various projects related to space data and technology.

The atmosphere in the mirror hall of Vaasa City Hall was active during the morning and occasionally quite crowded. A continuous stream of people visited our booth, and many passersby stopped to inquire about our projects. Nordic collaboration with our Swedish and Norwegian partners in space projects particularly caught their interest. 

Doug Hickey, the US ambassador in Finland, visited our booth.

In the afternoon, our Powered by Space – Space Technologies and Energy Transformation seminar commenced. The focus was on the role of space technology and solutions related to space in addressing energy challenges. 

The seminar was opened by Heidi Kuusniemi, Director of the Digital Economy research platform, who also provided a brief introduction to Vaasa University’s space activities.  

The first presentation was delivered by Tero Vihavainen, Special Advisor for Space Affairs at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. He discussed the opportunities that space brings to the business sector, especially in the field of energy. 

In her speech, Maria Inkiläinen, Product Manager at Fortum Power and Heat, explained how the energy sector utilizes geospatial information. 

Jukka Rönnlund, Product Manager at Etha Wind, discussed wind power resource assessment using geospatial data. 

Ali Nadir Arslan, Senior Researcher at the Finnish Meteorological Institute and Adjunct Professor and Fellow at Vaasa University, shared insights about the Finnish Copernicus User Forum. He also served as the moderator for the Space meets Energy panel discussion. The panelists included Tero Vihavainen, Maria Inkiläinen, Jukka Rönnlund, and Heidi Kuusniemi. 

We extend our gratitude to the interested and diverse audience. See you again next year at EnergyWeek!