Aalto EL-Zon Day

Electric driven zonal hydraulics research project presents results and demos at the Aalto EL-Zon Day on 31 October.
electric off-road vehicles

Companies as well as faculty, staff and students of Aalto University are invited to attend the final seminar of  Electric driven zonal hydraulics (EL-Zon) research project on 31 October 2018. Come and hear how we were able to improve energy efficiency by 200% and reduce energy consumption by 50% in off-road machinery and stationary applications! 

During the EL-Zon project a concept was developed for zonal (or decentralized) hydraulics for mobile working machines and stationary (process) machinery. This idea was first introduced in the aircraft industry. In a fully zonal system, the hydraulic pumps are removed from the engine and replaced within hydraulic power-packs distributed throughout the machine. In this "more electric" architecture, multiple hydraulic power sources are utilized in each "working" zone in order to achieve energy savings and work in power-on-demand approach. This three year long project was funded by Business Finland (former Tekes). 

The event is organised in cooperation with FIMA, Forum for Intelligent Machines ry. 


Registration and presentations at Puumiehenkuja 5 A, hall 118
Lunch, research and company exhibition, laboratory open doors at Puumiehenkuja 5 E and Sähkömiehentie 4 O


8.30–9.30 Morning coffee & registration
9.30–9.40 Opening speech
9.40–11.00 EL-Zon seminar presentations 

  • Introduction to zonal hydraulics, market state-of-the-art
  • Stationary industrial study case
  • Excavator study case
  • Mining loader study case

11.00–13.00 Lunch, research & company exhibition, open doors at labs & EL-Zon demos  
13.00–14.15 Aalto University School of Engineering research activities 

  • Hybrid Channeling an advanced solution for optimal thermal management by LENNACH Oy (a spin-off from Aalto University), Prof. Pedro Vilaca
  • Electric powertrain research, Prof. Kari Tammi
  • Aalto Industrial Internet Campus, Dr. Jari Juhanko
  • Possibilities of 3D Printing, Research Director Mika Salmi

14.15–14.25 Closing words
14.25–15.30 Research & company exhibition, open doors at labs & EL-Zon demos


Participation is free of charge, but the number of attendees is limited. Please register here

Company and research exhibition

We welcome demos/posters/slides on electrification or automatization of off-road vehicles also outside of the EL-Zon project. If you would like to present your company, your products/demos or research results during the exhibition hours (11-13 and 14.25-15.30) kindly indicate that in the registration form and/or contact D.Sc. (Tech.) Olof Calonous for details.

Further information:


Regarding project results:
prof. Matti Pietola, [email protected]

D.Sc. Tatiana Minav, [email protected]

For organization of companies exhibition hall:
D.Sc. (Tech.) Olof Calonius, [email protected]


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