Second day of the official visit of the Finnish President is dedicated to the environment and the relationship with nature

Ljubljana, 24. 5. 2019 | press release

Sauli Niinistö, President of the Republic of Finland, is paying an official visit to the Republic of Slovenia at the invitation of Borut Pahor, President of the Republic of Slovenia.

President Pahor and President Niinistö started the second day by visiting the Jelovica Hiše company, which is one of the pioneers in the field of self-sufficient houses in Slovenia. They viewed the production of a prototype of an active (electrical) e-house which involves an innovative approach to prefabricated wood construction with the latest operating technology (heating, ventilation, energy efficiency, smart installations, installation of sustainable materials).

Second day of the official visit of the Finnish President is dedicated to the environment and the relationship with nature
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

The presidents continued their visit in the village of Suha, where testing of the latest technologies for storing electric energy at the level of a transformer station and locally at the level of an electric energy consumer/producer in conditions where several solar power plants are connected to the network is taking place in cooperation with Finnish partners within the framework of the European development project, STORY. The presidents viewed the demonstration polygon for testing various technical solutions for managing voltage conditions and balancing electric energy consumption. The displayed technologies for energy storage are basic building blocks of future distribution networks, which will enable the anticipated flexibility of market services with active consumer participation.

Second day of the official visit of the Finnish President is dedicated to the environment and the relationship with nature
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek

In the afternoon, the Slovenian and Finnish presidents unveiled the friendship bench in Planica. The bench is situated in the valley of ski jumping hills and will thus remind visitors of the numerous successes attained by Finnish competitors in Slovenia. In 1994, for example, at the 13th Ski Flying World Championship in Planica, Finnish boy wonder Toni Nieminen jumped 203 metres and was the first man in history to have jumped the threshold of 200 metres and remained on his feet. The bench in Planica is the sixteenth friendship bench unveiled by President Pahor and his guests during official visits of presidents to Slovenia as a lasting reminder of the visits and the good and friendly relations between their countries and peoples.

Second day of the official visit of the Finnish President is dedicated to the environment and the relationship with nature
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA