Utilitas is developing cooperation between science and entrepreneurship
The energy group Utilitas launched active cooperation with Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) to assist in providing practical experience to future thermal engineers and to grant the students access to the data they require. For this purpose, the group will be building a thermal energy lab in the Innovation and Business Centre Mektory of the TUT.
According to Priit Koit, Head of Utilitas Group, the company prioritises promotion of research and development, and generation of new thermal engineers. “Unfortunately, today’s students do not get many opportunities to see for themselves and learn how thermal energy and electrical energy are generated in real time. In the thermal energy lab, however, it will be easily observable based on the generation units in Tallinn. The lab will constitute a unique opportunity for getting acquainted with what is going on behind the scenes in modern energy generation – what is invisible to the naked eye on a daily basis,” explained Priit Koit.
According to Tea Varrak, Vice-Rector for Innovation and Business Relations of TUT, creation of such labs is very important for Mektory especially in popularisation of engineering specialties. “Since the lab will be providing something of interest for the students as well as the youths only just making career decisions, the thermal energy lab will certainly find plenty of use, including as a part of the studies,” Varrak believes. “The thermal energy lab will be exciting to explore for the future thermal engineers, who will be able to take a closer look at the modern heating assembly to be installed there, as well as for the specialists of the energy sector, property owners and naturally for youths and teachers. The lab will be unique in Estonia,” Varrak admitted.
The creative solution and exposition of the thermal energy lab will be developed by Velvet Design Agency. The slogan of the lab is “Thermal engineers make Northern countries liveable!” which stresses the importance of thermal energy in creating the living environment in our latitude and encourages young people to choose a specialty related to this field.
“In words, the slogan of the lab is clear for all, but it is much more difficult to convey it to the visitors as a spatial and design experience. The brave slogan must be reflected in exciting and technologically complex design solutions. Through such memorable experience, we will ensure understanding of the visitors of the importance of heating in our latitude and improve the image of thermal engineers in the society,” commented Janno Jõulu, Design Manager of Velvet.
Last year, Utilitas entered into a cooperation agreement with Mektory for development of the field of energy.