VAMK in EnergyWeek 11.-14.3.2024

VAMK in EnergyWeek 11.-14.3.2024

Vaasa University of Applied Sciences is once again participating in EnergyWeek as a partner, exhibitor, and organiser of Tuesday’s wind and renewable energy seminar. VAMK is also taking part in the Energy Academy’s roasting panel discussion on Thursday.

The annual EnergyWeek, gathering energy industry experts from around the world, will take place at Vaasa City Hall from March 11 to March 14, 2024. This event, focusing on renewable energy sources, smart energy, gas energy, and energy storage, aims to share knowledge, provide updates on the latest developments, showcase interesting cases, and facilitate networking. Current intriguing topics include digitalisation, batteries and storage, circular economy, future smart cities, energy regulation, business, and innovations.

EnergyWeek is organised by several different companies and organisations, bringing together decision-makers, business representatives, industry professionals, students, and enthusiasts to discuss current themes in the energy sector. Vaasa University of Applied Sciences is participating this year as one of EnergyWeek’s partners. Additionally, VAMK is leading a seminar on March 12 focusing on wind power and renewable energy themes. On March 14, VAMK will also take part in the Energy Academy’s roasting panel.

Representatives from VAMK can be found navigating EnergyWeek, participating in seminars, and at VAMK’s booth (C3) on March 12-13, 2024. Come and meet us to find out also about our Master’s Degree courses and continuous learning opportunities.

VAMK’s seminar will focus on zero-emission data centers

The seminar organised by Vaasa University of Applied Sciences on zero-emission data centers will take place on March 12, 2024, from 12:30 to 14:00 at the Meeting Hall of Vaasa City Hall.

Zero-emission data centers are a topical subject, given the new energy efficiency directive’s requirement for more sustainable data centers. This can be achieved by developing data center technology and closely integrating it with heat and power networks.

Finnish data centers already consume over 3 TWh of electricity, yet less than 1% of the produced heat is utilized. Therefore, a consortium at Vaasa University has established an open data center research infrastructure (WSTAR) to develop a zero-emission data center concept. They invite participants from data centers, heat, and energy sectors to join in the research and development efforts.

In the seminar, experts will enlighten the audience on the topic by addressing the question: “How should data centers be integrated into the energy system to reduce their emissions and increase efficiency?

Seminar participants

Petri Välisuo

Associate Professor
University of Vaasa

Opening and introduction

Jerker Björkqvist

Associate Professor, Senior University Lecturer
Åbo Akademi

Opening and introduction

Pekka Järveläinen

Sales Director for Finland

Topic: Data center business in the Nordics

David Gyulnazaryan

Independent Consultant
Projektipäällikkö, OCP / Impleon

Topic: Cooling and heat reuse

Tor Björn Minde

Head of Unit

Topic: Can generative AI run on thin air?

Olli-Pekka Aalto

Global Energy & Head of Global Energy & Power
Danfoss Drives

Topic: Data center power supply and grid connection

Return to the Future panel

The Energy Academy’s “Return to the Future” panel discussion brings together future experts who challenge professionals with tough questions related to building a sustainable future. In the panel, experts from various universities in Vaasa and local businesses will respond to the students’ challenging questions.

Representing Vaasa University of Applied Sciences in the expert panel is Marja-Riitta Vest, the Director of Research, Development, and Innovation. Joining other university students in posing demanding questions is Khin Phyu Cyn Kyi, an International Business student at VAMK.

The panel discussion will take place on Thursday, March 14, 2024, from 13:00 to 16:00 at Vaasa Art Hall, located behind the City Hall.

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