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Ten European teams selected for the Helsinki Energy challenge

Ten European teams selected for Helsinki Energy Challenge

Ten teams have been selected for the final phase of the Helsinki Energy Challenge. The finalist teams highlight the international and interdisciplinary nature of the participants. They have a wide variety of proposals for how Helsinki can phase out the use of coal for heat production in the most sustainable way possible by 2029. Next, the competition is advancing into the co-creation phase.

In the 252 teams taking part in the Helsinki Energy Challenge, there were 1,528 experts and innovators from across the globe designing potential solutions to the challenge of decarbonising the heating of Helsinki.

The ten proposals selected to advance consist of a diverse set of solutions that have significant potential for further development in the coming phase. Many of the suggested solutions are also scalable to the needs of other cities. Included in the race are several wide-ranging comprehensive solutions, some of which find new ways to combine technologies that are already in use. There are also competition entries that include entirely new technologies. Among the solutions are new approaches to heat storage and transfer, waste heat utilization, energy consumption control and consumer activation. Included are also some non-technological innovations that enable the realisation of future sustainable solutions and the combination of centralised and decentralised solutions.

“I launched the Helsinki Energy Challenge to bring the world’s best talent together to consider solutions to Helsinki’s heating challenge. The competition has sparked conversation around the topic on a global scale. It has succeeded in combining wide-ranging international expertise and ambitious problem solving, and we are certain that this collision of different competences will generate new ways of thinking in the future as well. Our challenge competition has strong international support from different organizations and from several of my fellow Mayors, and we will be working together to make sure the solutions that are created are put to use as broadly as possible. Every city must do their part in the fight against global climate change,” says Mayor of Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori.

The teams are interdisciplinary and international

The teams that have advanced to the final phase are each made up of 3–20 members and together include 85 experts from a diverse set of fields. The finalists include, and are primarily made up of combinations of, start-ups, large companies, research institutes and universities, as well as international consortia made up of various companies.

The finalist teams represent excellence and a credible combination of various expertise, making them capable of elevating their competing proposals to the next level in the final phase of the competition.

The finalist teams are all European. The selected teams represent organizations from Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary, Austria and France. Most of the teams include experts and organizations from more than one country.

“When you consider that we received such a large number of proposals and that the competing teams included 1,528 experts from different backgrounds and countries around the world, it becomes clear that the competition includes a very wide range of different solutions. Evaluating these solutions has been more difficult than expected. However, the hard part is now behind us, and the competition is advancing to the next, even more interesting phase.Currently, the teams’ solutions are only provisional proposals, and each team will receive support and additional information to further develop their proposal in the co-creation phase. We are looking forward to seeing what the finalist teams’ final proposals will look like. They have some impressive and diverse expertise on display, so we are going in with high expectations,” says Project Director Laura Uuttu-Deschryvere.

The co-creation phase begins

The teams selected for the finals are invited to the co-creation phase, during which they will receive support for further development of their solution and additional information to enable them to tailor their idea to the context of Helsinki. At the centre of the co-creation phase is the boot camp in December.

An international panel of judges will evaluate the final competition proposals at the beginning of 2021, and the winner of the competition will be announced in March 2021. The proposals will be evaluated on the basis of their climate impact, impact on natural resources, cost impact, implementation schedule and feasibility, security of supply and capacity. The City of Helsinki has committed to openly sharing the lessons and results of the competition to allow other cities to use them in their own climate work.

Proposals submitted in the first phase of the competition included also a large variety of other ideas and concepts that did not reach the finals but which the City of Helsinki intends to highlight during the competition process too. The 252 submissions included ideas in which solving the challenge is “gamified”, new solutions for the utilization of different heat sources, new market and business models, heat storage solutions, decentralized heat production models, new technologies such as small modular reactors (SMR), and hydrogen based solutions.

Cities have a key role – the COVID-19 pandemic will not stop Helsinki’s climate work

Climate change is the biggest challenge of our time, and cities have a decisive role in mitigating it. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Helsinki keeps investing heavily in its climate work. The climate crisis has not been cancelled and the City of Helsinki is working its way towards a carbon neutral Helsinki by 2035. At the moment, more than half of Helsinki’s direct carbon dioxide emissions originate from heating the city. This is why finding a sustainable heating solution will have a critical impact on achieving the City’s carbon neutrality goal. Currently, more than half of Helsinki’s heating energy is produced with coal, the use of which will have to stop by 2029. Helsinki wants to find long-term sustainable solutions, which is why it does not want to replace the use of coal with biomass-fired production.

Helsinki wants to find long-term sustainable solutions to heat the city in the future and to act as a platform for new and innovative solutions that also other cities around the world can benefit from. For this purpose, it opened the international Helsinki Energy Challenge competition on 27 February 2020. The competition seeks solutions through which the city can be heated sustainably in the coming decades – without coal and with as little biomass as possible. The competition’s first prize is one million euros.

Rolls-Royce Young Designer Competition

WINNERS REVEALED IN WORLDWIDE
ROLLS-ROYCE YOUNG DESIGNER COMPETITION

  • Rolls-Royce announces winners in its Young Designer Competition
  • Winners awarded in four categories, with further entries awarded Highly Commended
  • Selected by Rolls-Royce Design Team from more than 5,000 entries submitted online by children in over 80 countries during Covid-19 lockdown

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“We are delighted to announce the winners in our Young Designer Competition. The entries that stood out for us were those that showed a real depth of thought, effort and expression, and incorporated lots of different details. The winning entrants didn’t just draw ‘the nicest car’: they created amazing experiences that showed the freedom of their imagination, not hindered by physical, real-world constraints.”

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

“The number and diversity of the entries proves once again something we’ve always believed and lived by within Bespoke Design: that Inspiration is Everywhere. As adults, we’re often too quick to stop ourselves pursuing fantastical ideas. At Rolls-Royce, we encourage clients to be bold and creative, unfettered by conventional notions of what they think a car ‘should’ be like. This competition and the ideas generated reminds us of the incredible power of the question: ‘Wouldn’t it be great if…?’”

Gavin Hartley, Head of Bespoke Design, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is delighted to announce the global winners in its Young Designer Competition, which invited children around the world to design their dream Rolls-Royce of the future.

The four category winners, who hail from Japan, France, China and Hungary and range in age from six to 16, will each enjoy a chauffeur-driven journey with their best friend in a Rolls-Royce to school. The designs of the winners and three additional Highly Commended entrants have all been transformed into beautiful digitally-rendered illustrations by the Rolls-Royce Design Team, using the same software and processes as they would in a ‘real’ Rolls-Royce design project.

Devised to provide a creative outlet for children aged 16 and under, confined by Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, the competition attracted more than 5,000 entries from over 80 countries. With no rules or specified judging criteria to constrain them, children were able to let their imagination run free, creating designs of extraordinary richness, creativity and diversity. 

Faced with a truly formidable task, the judges selected overall winning designs in four categories – Technology, Environment, Fantasy and Fun – based on the most popular themes that emerged from the 5,000-plus entries. Three further entries that defied categorisation but caught the judges’ attention were Highly Commended; the panel also selected winning entries from the various regions around the world in which Rolls-Royce Motor Cars operates.

Launched in April as lockdown conditions were imposed across the globe, the competition proved an instant success; so much so, the original deadline for entries was extended. Asked only to design their ‘dream Rolls-Royce of the future’, children had complete creative freedom, allowing them to develop ideas of astonishing scope, complexity and vision far beyond the realms of automotive design.

Winning entries included designs inspired by (amongst other things) unicorns, turtles, space travel, the Egyptian pyramids, Pablo Picasso and bumble-bees. Many are capable of flying or travelling underwater; the designs also featured a host of clever devices and novel technologies to save labour, provide pleasure and entertainment and benefit humanity and the environment.

Reflecting on the competition, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, “On behalf of myself and everyone at Rolls-Royce, I would like to thank every single Young Designer who entered the competition, and for all the thought, hard work and creativity that went into their designs. There is some amazing talent out there, and I wouldn’t be surprised if some of our entrants went on to work as car designers one day – perhaps even at Rolls-Royce.”

He concluded, “The most important thing I’ve learned from this competition is that whatever our circumstances, we have the power to create amazing things, because our imagination is always free to fly. I hope the children who took part will recognise this, too, and that it will be something positive they can take from their pandemic experience.”

Category winners:

Technology

Rolls-Royce Bluebird II by Chenyang, age 13, China

Environment

Rolls-Royce Capsule by Saya, age 6, Japan

Fantasy

Rolls-Royce Turtle Car by Florian, age 16, France

Fun

Rolls-Royce Glow by Léna, age 11, Hungary

Highly commended:

Rolls-Royce Bolt by Declan, age 10, United Kingdom

Rolls-Royce Prosperity by Tim, age 9, Germany

Rolls-Royce House of Esperanto by Alisa, age 6, Russia

About Rolls-Royce:
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the BMW Group and is a completely separate company from Rolls-Royce plc, the manufacturer of aircraft engines and propulsion systems. Over 2,000 skilled men and women are employed at the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ head office and manufacturing plant at Goodwood, West Sussex, the only place in the world where the company’s super-luxury motor cars are hand-built.
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CLASSIC JOURNEYS × LUXURY TOURS

CLASSIC JOURNEYS LAUNCHES

“LUXURY PRIVATE TOURS WITHIN A CRUISE”

ON EUROPE’S GREAT RIVERS

Luxury tour operator Classic Journeys is introducing a unique slant on European river cruises, providing a limited admission “private tour within a cruise” aboard some of the most elegant vessels journeying to Europe’s most magnificent cities and landscapes.

The river-based adventures combine a relaxing luxury five-star river cruise experience with a wide array of exclusively handcrafted cultural and walking activities. Classic Journeys’ “tours within a cruise” are capped at 18 participants, making them among the most intimate cruise experiences available. River travel is becoming increasingly popular – enabling travelers to see substantial and glorious sections of Europe “from the inside,” without the bother of packing and unpacking.

A local expert Classic Journeys tour guide and escort will travel with the guests and be their on-board host providing unique insights into the each area’s history, customs and sights. He or she will guide private shore excursions available uniquely to Classic Journeys travelers, including exclusive wine tastings and dining experiences unavailable to other passengers.

Classic Journeys has selected ships providing the finest amenities, including gourmet dining, concierge service, fitness facilities and spas. Each ship offers panoramic lounges as well as an open-air sun deck where travelers can watch European shores drift by outside. Once ashore, guests have the opportunity to experience Europe like never before – with everything from countryside hiking trails, to visits to olive oil plantations and even home visits to Michelin-starred chefs. Perfect for reunions, multi-generational travel, girls’ getaways and more, the river cruise option allows travelers with different interests and activity levels to pick and choose their individual tours each day.

Classic Journeys’ European River Cruises include:

Portugal & SpainDouro: Porto to Salamanca – Glide upriver from coastal Porto to a scenic land of olive groves, vineyards and medieval hilltop villages all the way to Salamanca and the glorious Spanish countryside

Austria, Hungary & Czech RepublicDanube: Cultures of Central Europe – Explore Austrian villages and vineyards, Vienna and Budapest, and perfectly preserved Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic

FranceRhone: Burgundy and Provence – Discover the legendary countryside bordering the Rhone river from Lyon to Avignon, meet olive growers, discover culinary thrills with a Michelin-starred chef and discover some of the world’s most glorious and celebrated wines and vineyards

For more information about Classic Journeys’ exclusive European River Cruises and all other Classic Journeys itineraries, visit: www.classicjourneys.com.

ABOUT CLASSIC JOURNEYS

Since its founding in 1995 with one style of travel in a total of three countries, Classic Journeys has expanded to offer five styles of travel (culture + walking, culinary, family, multi-sport, and river cruising) and 100 itineraries in 50 countries across six continents. With its focus on providing every guest a handcrafted trip of a lifetime, Classic Journeys has won awards from a variety of publications including Saveur, National Geographic and Travel + Leisure – the latter having named it a “World’s Best Tour Operator” every year since 2007.

Let’s Go Sunshine

The Kooks are set to release their long-awaited fifth studio album, Let’s Go Sunshine, on August 31 via Lonely Cat / AWAL Recordings. The album is brash and bold with songs that mix melancholy and euphoria. The band has released two new songs off the album, No Pressure and All The Time and will embark on a sold- out US tour beginning May 21 in Boston, MA at the House of Blues and wrap June 7 in Los Angeles, CA at The Wiltern. The Kooks will also be hitting cities across Europe this summer, including shows opening up for The Rolling Stones. Please see full tour routing below. Click HERE to pre-order Let’s Go Sunshine.

With the roar of their recent sold-out UK arena tour still echoing in their ears and more than one billion streams under their belts, The Kooks reach to claim their place in the Great British Songbook with Let’s Go SunshineIt’s a bold long player that distils their timeless sound into its purest form while pushing it forward into a more expansive and mature space. It’s as moving, energizing and timelessly melodic record and incisive in its portrait of modern British urban life. The heart and soul of the record lies in its hymns of lost innocence, fading relationships and the process of break-up and recovery. It’s the sound of an ambitious, confident band stepping out and making a statement with their definitive album. Let’s Go Sunshine sees the band cement their status as true bastions of British guitar pop and take their rightful place at the top table next to the celebrated bands that influenced them in their infancy, over a decade ago.

Discussing the process behind creating the album, lead singer Luke says: This one was about defining who we are, we were asking the questions. It was a fractured start, we went into the studio in 2015 continuing down the path we set out on our last studio album Listen and discovered it wasn’t what we wanted to make and wasn’t really The Kooks. So, we scrapped it and started again. I really went on a mission to write the best songs I’d ever written before bringing them to the band, I stewed over every word. It had to be our Rubber Soul, Lola, Definitely Maybe. Proper British lineage. I came from a dark place at the start had a lotta heartbreak and then falling in love in the middle of the album, the lyrics reflect that. From Fractured and Dazed to No Pressure. It’s gotta be our most exciting album, and it should get you dancing.

The Kooks started their career with a bang in 2006 with their unstoppable debut Inside In/Inside Out, which went five times platinum at the end of last year. The four-piece band have continued to go from strength to strength. With three more studio albums including a Best of, the band have acquired over 1 billion streams worldwide and embarked on a number of massive world tours including their forthcoming sold-out US tour. With awards and critical acclaim under their belts, they’ve maintained a steady ascent to the top, constantly growing in popularity throughout the last decade.

With a legion of new fans discovering the band through streaming in recent years, The Kooks delivered a career defining show last year at London’s Wembley Arena, whilst pulling some of the biggest crowds across the summer festival circuits. 2018 sees The Kooks redefined, varied and ready to go again at their most confident.

LEMAITRE’s MACHINE

Norwegian-born, Los Angeles-based electronic duo Lemaitre returns with a new single, « Machine » and an early start on the festival season with performances this weekend at M3F in Phoenix, AZ and CRSSD in San Diego, CA. “Machine” – the duo’s first new offering since 2017’s Chapter One, which featured the hit single « Closer” feat. vocalist Jennie A. blends bright synth lines, jangly guitar riffs, and soaring melody into a sweetly wistful, indie-pop-inspired confection. Relationship issues send the track’s narrator into emotional overload and leave him yearning for a simpler, more mechanical existence. He pleads, “Every time that I try, I shut down/So can you please hit restart?”.

 

“The basis for the lyrics to the song was this thing my cousin used to say when he was little” notes Ketil Jansen, who founded Lemaitre with fellow producer/songwriter Ulrik Denizou Lund. “Every time he did something he wasn’t allowed to do, like play with matches or whatever, he’d always turn into a machine and walk out of the room all robot-like, saying « I’m a machine, I don’t have any feelings, you can’t yell at me.” It was the perfect defense”

 

“Machine” is the first in a series of new tracks from Lemaitre. Forthcoming singles “Control” “Little Things” and “Big” are the results of Lemaitre’s collaborations with producers Coucheron, Jerry Folk, Bearson and William Larsen, all of whom are also Norwegian artists living in L.A. The tracks will be released over the course of the year.

 

In addition to this weekend’s festival performances, the duo will play Sasquatch and numerous other festivals. See below for initial itinerary and follow Lemaitre for further announcements. Known for their incendiary live sets, such as their explosive appearance at Coachella 2016. Lemaitre constantly change up their show to specifically suit each audience and venue, typically bringing in a full band, sometimes with an entire horn section.

 

Lemaitre’s commitment to upending what’s expected of the musical experience dates back to their earliest days as a duo. After meeting at a party in Oslo and bonding over their love of the Chemical Brothers and Basement Jaxx, Lund and Jansen started making music as teenagers. In summer 2010, they had a major breakthrough when “The Friendly Sound” – their second-ever release – hit No. 1 on Hype Machine overnight. In early 2012, Lemaitre released the first EP in their Relativity series. Relativity 2 followed in May 2012 and reached No. 1 on the iTunes Electronic chart in the U.S. and Canada. Soon after their song “1:18” was used as in a 2014 ad for the Apple iPhone 5C, Lemaitre signed to Astralwerks and made the move to L.A.

 

Streams of the hit single “Closer” now exceed 50 million on Spotify. The track was heard in a Google phone commercial and used by Bose in various retail displays while “We Got U” appeared in the FIFA 2017 mobile app trailer. “Higher” featuring Maty Noyes, landed in an Apple Watch ad, was praised by Idolator as “a mind-bending banger”.

 

 

Download / Stream “Machine” HERE:

 

 

Lemaitre : 2018 Festival Dates : 

3/2 – Phoenix, AZ @ McDowell Mountain Music Festival

3/3 – San Diego, CA @ CRSSD Festival

4/28 – Jujutla, Mexico @ Festival Vaiven

5/25 – Sasquatch Music Festival @ The Gorge Amphitheatre

8/9 – Zambujeira do Mar, Portugal @ Meo Sudoeste Festival

8/11 – Budapest, Hungary @ Sziget Festival

8/18 – Bodø, Norway @ Parkenfestivalen