Tallinn University of Technology

Top researchers and members of the Rectorate at the Tallinn University of Technology gave Prime Minister Kaja Kallas a 1.5-hour presentation of the university’s contribution to Estonian research and development and green transition.

Peaminister koos rektori ja tippteadlasega
A moment from the tour at TalTech’s Ehituse Mäemaja building. Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and academician Jarek Kurnitski (front), Rector Tiit Land and Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister Ardo Hansson (back).

The Prime Minister was first shown the solar panel testing taking place at the climate chamber of the Laboratory of Building Physics, then the Laboratory of Roads and Traffic, and the Laboratory of Ventilation where an air distribution experiment was also conducted.

The topics discussed at the meeting included the creation of a virtual greentech centre to support economic development in Estonia, the role of circular economy in supplying raw materials for production, the energy performance of buildings and their ventilation, and the university’s contribution to energy management and the development of Estonian economy as a whole. Prime Minister Kallas was also interested in the prospects for the chemical industry in Estonia, both in the field of oil shale and wood chemistry.

The presentation was given by Vice-Rector for Research Maarja Kruusmaa, Vice-Rector for Entrepreneurship Sven Illing, Director of the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture Jarek Kurnitski, Director of the Department of Electrical Power Engineering and Mechatronics Ivo Palu, and Researcher at the Department of Geology Rutt Hints. From the university, Rector Tiit Land and the Vice-Rector for Green Transition Helen Sooväli-Sepping and, from the Prime Minister’s Office, Economic Adviser Ardo Hansson and Communications Adviser Maris Lindmäe also attended the meeting.