Farewell to fossil fuels

More than half of our energy still comes from fossil fuels. No single technology can replace our reliance on them.
Designs for a Cooler Planet Farewell to fossil fuels

More than half of our energy still comes from fossil fuels. No single technology can replace our reliance on them. 

Our energy consumption continues to rise. By 2040, if we keep consuming the same way, energy consumption will have increased by nearly 50 percent.

Let’s play as a team and use our talents to replace the fossil fuel system. We need to produce renewable energy and find energy storage solutions for electricity, heating and transport.



This year all exhibition visits must be booked in advance. Only the Aalto students and personnel can visit the Otaniemi campus exhibitions without pre-booking.

See the Forget the fossil fuels, Consume consciously and Close the loops exhibitions at Väre, Otaniementie 14: 

Registration to the Väre tours

See the Hack the Habitat exhibition at Vuorimiehentie 2A:

Registration to the tour

Our team in this game

The Farewell to Fossil Fuels exhibits at Väre have been provided by Aalto Energy Platform <3

ONLINE: The celebration of global differences in electricity markets

Zoom into the microdata of successful energy market transitions to help design cooler markets. Local market differences can be turned into strengths in scientific understanding.

Global energy markets performance Helsinki Design Week

Printable solar cell technologies for smart buildings

Imagine a decorative solar cell that could be integrated into modern buildings without compromising their aesthetics.

Printable solar cell technologies. Photo: Valeria Azovskaya

Solar energy through ChemisTree

Is it possible to use trees in electricity production? Surprisingly, yes, it is! Transparent cellulose films enable greater efficiency of solar cells through their haze effect.

Solar Energy Through ChemisTree Photo: Glen Forde

BATCircle – Circular ecosystem of battery metals

Learn more about responsible sourcing, refining and production of active battery materials as well as efficient recycling of end-of-life batteries needed for ongoing energy and mobility transitions.

Battery recycling_photo Valeria Azovskaya

Online Talk: System Innovations for Business Sustainability

This September Aalto University and Design Museum's business network Design Club offers two online talks with top speakers prepesenting academic and business.

Prof. Idil Gaziulusoy

Wood Wonders exhibition showcases climate-friendly building concepts

If all the buildings constructed in Finland each year were made of wood, the amount of wood needed for their construction would grow back in ten hours.

Wood Wonders exhibition at Helsinki airport. Photo: Anne Kinnunen

Cool and Icy Waters - ice research  for sea traffic

The exhibition depicts marine and Arctic technology research at Aalto University, including the study of sea ice structure and behaviour as well as the functionality, sustainability and safety of ships and marine structures under extreme conditions. The goal of this research is to ensure safe and sustainable transportation in Arctic areas.

Cool and Icy Waters -näyttely 4.-20.9.

The targets to reach

Designs for a Cooler Planet Farewell to fossil fuels

To make necessary changes, we need intelligent and well-designed solutions.

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Designs for a Cooler Planet

The event is a part of Helsinki Design Week’s official festival programme, the largest design festival in the Nordics takes place 3–13.9.2020. Designs for a Cooler Planet is also one of the EU's Green Week 2020 partner events.

Farewell to fossil fuels

More than half of our energy still comes from fossil fuels. No single technology can replace our reliance on them.

Designs for a Cooler Planet Farewell to fossil fuels

Close the loops

Making things and manufacturing processes produce pollution and environmental degradation, draining natural resources.

Designs for a Cooler Planet Close the Loops

Hack our habitat

Aggressive urbanisation is straining our ecosystem. Rising construction volume causes massive demand for energy-intensive construction materials, and construction already accounts for 39 per cent of the global CO2 emissions.

Designs for a Cooler Planet Hack our Habitat

Consume consciously

Household consumption accounts for more than 60 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions and 50–80 per cent of total land, material and water use.

Designs for a Cooler Planet Consume Consciously

Please notice that exhibitions are in four different locations at the Otaniemi campus area which all have different opening hours. Please check specific details from the exhibition pages. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely, and the event will follow all of the rules and regulations set by the Finnish authorities. The safety of the employees, students and visitors is always prioritised.

Graphic design: Olga Elliot & Milja Komulainen

Designs for a Cooler Planet — Helsinki Design Week 2020
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