A four-year €4m ($4.5m) EU research project has been launched to design a small-scale cogeneration engine using biomass to produce heat and electricity – a move that the project developers believe could unlock mainstream renewables in the heating and cooling sector.

Lempäälän Energia has awarded Siemens a contract to develop a self-sufficient smart grid system in the industrial area of Marjamäki, Finland, in order to provide a cost-effective and environmentally friendly energy system.