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Farewell to fossil fuels

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.

Our team in this game

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 solar cell that could be integrated into modern buildings without compromising their aesthetics. These cells can be made of abundant materials like titanium dioxide or carbon nanoparticles, which are deposited on conducting surfaces with printing technologies.

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 can enable greater efficiency of solar cells through their haze effect.

Solar Energy Through ChemisTree Photo: Glen Forde

BATCircle – Circular ecosystem of battery metals

Get to know more about responsible sourcing, refining and production of active battery materials as well as efficient recycling of end-of-life batteries, which are needed for the on-going energy and mobility transitions.

Battery recycling_photo Valeria Azovskaya

Electric-powered boat SKAND

The boat is powered by solar cells and makes no noise in the water. It has also been designed for rental use or as a city boat so that many people in the future can enjoy being on the water, while saving nature and materials.

Beautiful electric powered boat Skand designed by Jean Munck and Laura Hietala.

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 the 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

Even though ice gets thinner, we still need more ice breakers as the sea traffic grows and the engine powers reduce due to environmental demands

Aalto University's ice research

The targets to reach

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

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