The Estonian Energy Industry
An exhibition at the Tallinn University of Technology Museum was open 22.04.2014 – 24.11.2017
Although it was not so long ago when you could only read newspapers by candlelight and the only way to get warm was to burn firewood, we still cannot imagine a single day without heat and electricity – they have become so natural to us that we are unable to appreciate them in our everyday life.
We know more about electricity now than we did in history but do we really know how much work and sweat has gone into the safe and simple push of a switch that brings light in our rooms?
This exhibition shows you what types of fuel are used in Estonia, how the energy stored in them is converted into the heat and electricity that we need so badly, and how much of it are we using. We demonstrate the significance of the energy industry in giving a country its independence and economic stability, and introduce the people who have led the scientifically complicated process of producing and transporting power and heat. We also take a look into the future with a special emphasis on the sustainability of the country.
The fast development of technology demanded engineers. In order to train them, first the Technical Courses of the Estonian Society of Engineers were established, then the Tallinn College of Engineering, which later became the Tallinn University of Technology and the Faculty of Power Engineering. We explain the options of becoming an engineer, possible career paths and the essence of power engineering.
In this exhibition, the Estonian power industry is put both on a map of Estonia as well as a timeline. Children will have fun playing an excavator operator and every visitor can take along a piece of the most valuable resource in Estonia – oil shale.
Curators of the exhibition: Mari Luukas, Liia Rebane
Team: Aadu Paist, Annely Oone, Arvi Hamburg, Ave Tarvas, Ivo Palu, Margus Müür, Veiko Karu, Tiina-Maria Vint
Design: KAOS Arhitektid (Margit Argus, Margit Aule, Katri Haarde, Kaur Käärma)
Editor: Jane Võrk
Translators: Oliver Malsroos, Natalja Denissova, Kirill Krabu, Nikolai Pavlenko
Special thanks to: Ain Köster, Aleksandr Hlebnikov, Anton Rassõlkin, Ants Rööp, Argo Rosin, Elsa Lepp, Endel Risthein, Enn Lust, Erik Väli, Eva Luukas, Gaia Grossfeldt, Hannes Kirik, Harri Vihman, Heidi Soosalu, Heigo Mõlder, Heljut Kalda, Jaan Masik, Jaanis Järvet, Jarek Kurnitski, Julia Piilmann, Kaja Kilk, Keyt Auner, Kristjan Kuhi, Magnus Mägedi, Margit Kolats, Margus Vatko, Mari Andresen, Mari Löper, Martin Lohk, Martin Nurme, Martin Saarnak, Mati Ertsen, Meelis Mölder, Mirjam Lindpere, Peeter Raesaar, Reeli Kuhi-Thalfeldt, Raivo Teemets, Raigo Viltrop, Ralf Männil, Reigo Haug, Siim Liivand, Tiit Metusala, Tiiu Tamm, Toomas Vaimann, Tuuliki Kasonen, Tõnu Narro, Tõnu Pihu, Ursula Toom, Vladislav Mašatin, Ülo Sõstra
Institutions: ABB, Alexela Grupp, Creative Box, Draka Keila Cables, Ecomatic, Eesti Energia, Eesti Energia Kaevandused, Elering, Elfa Distrelec, Empower, Ericsson, Estonian Wind Power Association, Harju Elekter, Heidelberg Kunda Nordic Cement, KH Energia-Konsult, The Kiviõli Oil Shale Processing Plant, Lapikud, National Library of Estonia, Perel Eesti, Saksa Automaatika, Skeemipesa, TTÜ Faculty of Power Engineering, TTÜ Mechanical Engineering, TTÜ Institute of Geology, Viru Keemia Grupp, Wihuri, Wirtgen Eesti