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Preparing for rolling blackouts at the Otaniemi campus

As a result of the global energy crisis, Finland is also preparing for regionally rotating power outages or rolling blackouts. Aalto University is not a national operator critical to the security of supply, so if there is a potential power shortage, there may also be rolling blackouts on the Otaniemi campus which can affect the teaching of open university courses.
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Kuva: winter scenery at Laajalahti, Aalto-yliopisto/ Unto Rautio

The buildings in Otaniemi are divided into interruption areas of electricity distribution, according to which any rolling blackouts will probably last for two hours at a time. Caruna will introduce interruption areas in the event of power cuts in Otaniemi. After the power cut, the electricity will be switched on for at least the following two hours. A power outage covering the entire Otaniemi area is unlikely.

When power outage occurs

During a power outage, we recommend that you leave the building, as occupational safety in the building cannot then be guaranteed. You can exit the buildings, but you cannot get back inside. After the blackout, you can return to the building again.

The campus's wireless and fixed network connections are not available during a power outage. Mobile network connections may also be disrupted. However, the campus servers run on backup power, so, for example, Aalto's databases can be accessed remotely.

The controlled shutdown or protection of research equipment in the event of an imminent blackout is carried out in accordance with pre-prepared plans. The instructions will be updated as necessary.

Separate guidelines are followed for teaching and evaluations. More information on the arrangements for teaching will be provided later. Please follow the Mycourses-pages for the courses you are taking since teachers can communicate about changes in lectures and teaching times there.

Open university will send a separate email to students who have enrolled to courses starting in the third period.

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