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Estonia has a diversified energy sector which comprises long-standing expertise in oil shale, a sizeable renewables sector and growing CleanTech capability. World-class expertise within a highly digital, pro-business environment will see Estonia play a leading role in the energy revolution

  • #1 in world for smart grids and electric vehicles
  • 30% of electricity generated from renewables in 2017
  • 50% of electricity to be generated by renewables by 2030
  • #3 globally for science education

Our advantages

#3globally for science education
EducationWorld-class education in science, maths and IT.
e-IdentityFast growing sustainable energy sector including wind, biomass and waste-to-energy.
SkillsWorld-class IT skills including CleanTech software, smart grid and electric vehicle networks.
Digital infrastructureLong standing expertise in oil shale technology.
BlockchainCommitment to development sustainable of sustainable energy and circular economy.

Overview

50%of energy generated from renewables by 2030

Estonia has produced from oil shale on an industrial scale since the 1930’s and today remains a leader in the field. A sizeable proportion of production is exported to the regional Nord Pool market and world-class expertise exists in processes and technologies which improve efficiency and reduce environmental impact.

Sustainable energy capacity is growing year-on-year in Estonia across a range of segments including waste-to-energy, solar, wind and biomass. Estonia’s state energy strategy requires renewables to produce the majority of electricity and heat by 2030, enabled through public and private sector investment in capacity and connectivity.

Estonia is also committed to sustainable consumption. In 2013 Estonia implemented the world’s first nationwide electric vehicle network in collaboration with ABB (read more). Today gas is commonly used to power transportation and Estonia is a leading proponent of the Circular Economy, recycling by-products from oil shale mining in construction.

As befits the world’s most digitally enabled nation, Estonia is at the forefront of applying technology to transform the energy sector. Skeleton Technologies (read more), a pioneer in ultracapacitor-based energy storage and Cleantech 100 company, conduct R&D in Estonia. Planet OS (read more), a big data provider for renewable energy, launched and went global from Estonia before being acquired by Intertrust.

Estonia also has one of the few Smart Grids in the world, integrating hardware and software to produce real-time and predictive data on nationwide electricity patterns. Generators and distributors are empowered to deliver the optimal energy mix, identify service issues and automate billing. Consumers use apps and analytics to create personalised packages and can fix prices or trade excess electricity in the market. Efficiency is increased, environmental impact decreased and security assured by world-class cyber security expertise.

In the future, Estonia’s ability to integrate physical-digital solutions, supported by world-class expertise and a pro-business environment, will see it emerge as a global centre of excellence in sustainable energy technologies.

Whether you seek production opportunities for regional markets, cutting-edge digital solutions or R&D capabilities, Estonia is the ideal location for those seeking to take advantage of the energy revolution.

Clean technologies

#2globally in the number of electric vehicles per capita

From a molecular level Estonia is re-defining how science and technology interact. Skeleton Technologies, a pioneer in ultracapacitor-based energy storage and Cleantech 100 company, conduct R&D in Estonia. Similar innovations occur in energy production, including world-class capabilities in Biomass and Oil Shale.

Estonia is also at the cutting edge of smart grid technologies, since 2011 our electricity grid has integrated hardware and software to connect stakeholders in real-time. Generators and distributors predict demand, deliver the optimal energy mix, identify service issues and automate billing. Consumers use apps and analytics to create personalised packages and can trade excess electricity or fix prices directly in the market. Efficiency is increased, environmental impact decreased.

Building on this success, Estonia was the first country in the world to implement a nationwide fast-charging electric vehicle network in conjunction with ABB. Tallink, the largest shipping company in the Baltic Sea, is transitioning to an LNG fleet.

Through the application of IT, Estonians have developed expertise in applying analytics to improve resource efficiency. Planet OS, a big data provider in renewable energy, launched from an Estonian base, went global and was acquired by Intertrust.

The next generation already emerges, with Timbeter integrating location technologies and visual data to improve forestry management.

With unique skills and proven experience Estonia is set to play a leading role in the research, development and application of solutions that will drive the energy revolution.

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