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Porvoon Energia Teams Up with Gradyent and IOTOI to Enhance District Heating Grid Efficiency

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Porvoon Energia is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Gradyent and IOTOI aimed at further optimizing energy efficiency within its district heating system. With a strong focus on minimizing heat losses, Gradyent will develop a Digital Twin of the entire Porvoon Energia district heating grid. Integrated with IOTOI's PIP3-solution, this Digital Twin will provide Porvoon Energia with a real-time platform to efficiently recycle heat within the system.

This partnership is a key component of Porvoon Energia's comprehensive investment program, designed to accelerate the effectiveness of district heating in Porvoo, Finland. The program's overarching goal is to future-proof the heating grid, with energy efficiency serving as a vital pillar of its strategy.

Finnish start-up IOTOI Oy offers energy companies and property owners a unique solution for a sustainable and cost-effective path to clean energy. Their PIP3-solution enables heat consumers and waste heat producers to utilize the return pipe in district heating grids. Porvoon Energia and IOTOI will collaborate to assess the current impact and scalability of the PIP3-solution. Gradyent, a leading district heating software provider, joins as a partner to enhance energy efficiency in the Porvoo heating system.

Gradyent's Digital Twin Platform creates a real-time digital copy of the entire grid, integrating geographical, weather, and sensor data with physics-based models and AI. This platform empowers district heating companies to optimize their grid, achieve higher efficiencies, and simulate system changes.
 
With the Digital Twin, Gradyent will investigate the potential to further reduce the district heating water temperatures without affecting customer heating to enable real-time temperature optimization. Additionally, Gradyent will analyze the economic, environmental, and operational potential for the scalability of the PIP3-solution to multiple locations.

Ari Raunio, Manager Heat & Production at Porvoon Energia, expressed his enthusiasm, saying, "At Porvoon Energia, we constantly strive for best-in-class solutions. This collaboration will provide us with invaluable insights to expedite our optimization efforts."

Johnny Holmström, CEO of IOTOI, shared his positive outlook, stating, "We are thrilled to establish this partnership, which will deliver all parties significant understanding of energy efficiency on a systemic level. The Digital Twin's dynamic scenarios will enable us to analyze the value of recycled heat accurately."

Peter Hulshof, Chief Customer Operations at Gradyent: “We are very happy to work in partnership with Porvoon Energia and IOTOI to achieve an even more sustainable and operationally efficient way of producing energy in Porvoo. We’re excited to be supplying real-time insights into the distribution with the Gradyent Digital Twin.”

 

Porvoon Energia
Porvoo Energia, located in Porvoo, southern Finland, is one of Finland's oldest energy companies. Porvoo Energia has over 2 000 properties connected to its district heating network and around 35 000 electricity customers. Porvoon Energia is a pioneer in clean energy production. We provide clean energy solutions that enable our customers to reduce their emissions and carbon footprint. Almost 100 % of the district heat we produce is made from renewables.


IOTOI
IOTOI is a new-wave company in the energy sector. By combining new innovative technology with modern circular economic business models, IOTOI has helped energy companies and property owners to reduce their energy consumption and at the same time work for a sustainable, open, and common energy system.

Gradyent
Gradyent enables heating companies to optimize, decarbonize and grow their systems so that they can deliver affordable and reliable heat. Gradyent has developed software based on the Digital Twin technology that makes a digital copy of the physical heat system, combining geographical, weather and sensor data with physics-based models and AI. The Digital Twin makes it possible to optimize the heating system in real-time and to run simulations of future situations, saving on average up to 15% heat loss, 10% CO2 emissions, 5% fuel costs and 20 % lower CAPEX, while increasing the security of end-user heat supply. Gradyent works together with heating companies throughout Europe, such as E.ON, Eneco, Ennatuurlijk, Helen, Turku Energia, Uniper, Vatajankoski and Wien Energie.

 

Further information:

Ari Raunio, Manager Heat & Production at Porvoon Energia, +358 50 467 6840, ari.raunio@pbe.fi

Johnny Holmström, CEO of IOTOI, +358 40 4899 811, johnny@iotoi.fi

Susan de Grijp, Head of Communications at Gradyent, +31 6 21113841, susan@gradyent.ai

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