Aalto Energy Platform

Energy meets information, Materials and Society

Energy Meets Information

Sustainable electric energy systems

  • Energy efficiency, smart energy use control and intelligent operation of transmission and distribution grids.
  • Intelligent design and operation of different components of the power system, like transformers, cables, motors and frequency converters.
  • Developing and understanding deeply the operation of components are important from the system point of view too

Efficient energy use and electric power conversion

  • Transformers, electric machines, power electronics and electric drives.
  • Integration of renewable production such as wind and solar is implemented by electrical power conversion.

Energy-efficient ICT

  • Energy use of datacenters, ICT infrastructure, powering sensors, and retail and wholesale electricity markets (e.g. agent-based allocation mechanisms for Smart Grids).

Sustainable electric energy systems

Efficient energy use and electric power conversion

Energy-efficient ICT

Energy Meets Materials

The focus includes technologies based on e.g. fuel cells, Li-ion batteries, supercapacitors, superconductors, solar cells, thermoelectric devices and LEDs, as well as nuclear power, where major material advances are still needed before the technologies can be put into large-scale everyday use.

The goal is to be able to offer the complete cycle, from understanding the basic phenomena, processes and materials involved in these technologies, to their use in real-world energy applications, taking full advantage of our complementary expertise in materials chemistry, electrochemistry, computational chemistry, micro-and nanomaterials, functional materials and metamaterials.

Below can be found the professors working with energy conversion technologies and the material scientists whose contribution to energy research is significant.

Energy conversion and storage technologies

Materials Science and Technology

Energy Meets Society

This focus area includes research aiming to:

  • improve the energy and material efficiency of processes
  • reduce the environmental load
  • foster bioeconomy
  • minimize the end-use of energy
  • develop the retail and wholesale energy market.

We have strong expertise in systems thinking and a long-term tradition in experimental research which is needed for the technical, economic and environmental assessment and follow-up of modelling and simulation. The range of core competences relevant to energy and society also include:

  • computational science
  • systems and models
  • risk analysis innovation and technology management
  • business management
  • information technology
  • complex networks
  • energy markets.

Living environments use a lot of energy. Recent innovations in lighting technology, especially LED’s, enable remarkable savings in the current 20% share of electricity consumption. Hybridization or electrification of vehicles helps energy consumption to drop dramatically. Zero-Energy Buildings are a topic of high international interest. The need for energy-efficient and affordable new housing types is highly topical.

Aalto's key professors working in this area

Energy and material efficiency of processes

Energy and resource economics

Living environment

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