Power outages on campus
In case of a power outage
- If the power outage has not been announced in advance on the Aalto website or by email, see the fault reports on Caruna's website (https://hairiokartta.caruna.fi) for information on the extent and duration of the power outage.
- The aim is to provide information about the situation on the aalto.fi website and Aalto University's social media channels as soon as possible. Building managers at the Otaniemi campus share building-specific instructions for building users if necessary.
- The doors of the buildings will close. The electric locks in the campus buildings have power for a few hours. You can exit the buildings, but you cannot get back inside. The Cliq key behaves like a normal mechanical key if it has been updated.
- Lifts are disabled in the event of a power cut. Lifts are taken out of service before the blackout, if the blackout is known in advance.
- If you are stuck in a lift, press the lift's alarm button and wait calmly; the lift service personnel will come soon and help you out of the lift. Don’t panic, help will arrive.
- The campus's water supply should work normally, but warm water will run out quickly or on the other hand, water can be extremely hot. However, depending on the extent and duration of the blackout, water supply may be interrupted. The use of water should be avoided during blackouts. Toilet facilities are closed at the start of the blackout.
- In the event of a blackout, disconnect the plugs of electrical equipment from the sockets to prevent possible electrical spikes from breaking the equipment or causing a fire hazard.
- Controlled shutdown or protection of research equipment in the event of an imminent blackout in accordance with pre-prepared plans. It is important to update the plans before a power outage.
- If you have a car charging on campus, disconnect the car from the electric pole and the electric car from charging.
- Heating does not work. Short power cuts of a few hours do not cause a major temperature drop. Keep the windows closed so that the heat does not escape.
- For teaching and evaluations, separate guidelines update by Aalto’s Learning Services (LES) are followed.
During a power outage
- We recommend that you exit the building, as occupational safety in the building cannot be guaranteed during a long power outage.
- The campus's wireless and fixed network connections are not available during a power outage. Mobile network connections may also be disrupted, depending on the extent of the blackout and the mobile operator's service.
- The campus servers run on backup power, so network connections allowing, data connections will be available.
- No candles may be lit in the university's premises. Indicator lights and safety lights that are on for a few hours will help you find the exits.
- Do not open the refrigerator and freezer doors.
When power comes back on
- Switch on electrical equipment gradually and one at a time to prevent the sudden load spike from cutting the power again.
- Once the power is back on, it will take time to reheat the buildings.
- The supply of hot water may not start as soon as the electricity returns. On the other hand, water can be extremely hot.
- After a rolling blackout, electricity will be on for at least two hours before the next possible blackout.
Frequently asked questions
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Fingrid is responsible for the balance of the Finnish power system, as well as for coordination cooperation with the other Nordic countries. The local distribution system operators are responsible for restricting electricity distribution in accordance with the instructions issued by Fingrid’s Main Grid Control Centre. More information about this activity can be found in e.g. From Fingrid's website.
According to Fingrid, the weather during the winter season is of great importance to both consumption and available wind power production, as energy consumption is lower in mild weather and, correspondingly, wind power production is greater in windy weather.
Fingrid has a three-step procedure in case of a possible electricity shortage, which describes the degree of seriousness of the situation:
- Electricity shortage possible
- High risk of electricity shortage
- Electricity shortage
You can always exit the campus buildings. During a power outage, you cannot enter the buildings.
We recommend avoiding working in buildings, as safe working conditions cannot be guaranteed during a power outage. Teaching and assessments are instructed (LES) separately.
It is important to turn off the power and unplug the coffee maker. They can cause a fire if they are on when the power is restored but no one is there.
Wastewater usually drains by gravity from the property into the municipal sewer. Waste is transported in sewers by pumping. Without electricity, sewage and solid waste do not move and can clog drains. This can lead to flooding, for example, in the lower floors of apartment buildings. That's why it's not a good idea to make any big or small deposits in the toilet during the break.
Safe working conditions mean in this context that there is no risk of accidents or injuries due to working conditions in the work environment.
Traffic lights, streetlights and intersection lights also stop working during the outage.
According to the electricity company Helen, the metro is outside planned power outages. You can leave the campus as usual. There may be more traffic and the traffic lights may not be on.
The campus's wireless and fixed network connections won't work during a power outage.
Lifts are disabled in the event of a power cut. Lifts are taken out of service before the blackout, if the blackout is known in advance. If you are stuck in a lift, press the lift's alarm button and wait calmly; the lift service personnel will come soon and help you out of the lift. Don’t panic, help will arrive.
It is difficult to estimate the probability of rolling blackouts. The probability of power outages increases as the probability of a possible power shortage increases. In general, it is good to familiarise yourself with the instructions in case of a power outage, as these can occur, for example, when a construction machine accidentally cuts cables.
Increasing the production of electricity by the Otaniemi campus with new solar power stations, and participating in the demand response market for electricity and district heating, are under consideration.
Teaching and evaluations are organised according to the instructions of the Learning Services (LES) (available soon).
The impacts of the measures, targeted at the university buildings, will be monitored for a period of 12 months, after which the next steps will be agreed upon