Research & Art

Key Research Area: Advanced energy solutions

The main focus in energy research and teaching are energy sciences, multidisciplinary energy technologies, and sustainable energy solutions.
View of Helsinki by night. Photo by Ioannis Koulousis.
View of Helsinki by night. Photo by Ioannis Koulousis.

Many departments at Aalto University have a long tradition of research and teaching in the field of energy. We have approximately 25 professors who are solely focused on energy research, and they obtain more than ten million euros in research funding annually. Every year, over 80 Masters and a dozen Doctors graduate in the field of energy. Additionally, more than 30 professors are strongly contributing in the field.

The research in these fields includes advanced and renewable energy technologies: efficient, eco-friendly and reliable energy production systems, distribution and use – as well as monitoring and understanding people’s environments.

The results of energy-related research contribute to Finland’s energy policy and have global outreach through sustainable energy solutions and a wide range of energy innovations and applications.

Focus areas

  • Sustainable energy production
  • Energy storage conversion
  • Power engineering
  • Energy in built environments
  • Energy systems and resource economics
Master's Programme in Advanced Energy Solutions

Aalto University H2 Innovation Center

The H2 Innovation Center works to enable a sustainable hydrogen society by facilitating world-leading research at Aalto, and collaboration between our research community, companies, policymakers and external research organizations.

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Upcoming events

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Conferences

Hydrogen Research Forum Finland: International Seminar 2024

Welcome to Hydrogen Research Forum Finland's annual seminar hosted at Aalto University.

Watch some of our past events' recordings

Advanced Energy Project Course Gala 2023

Students from the course report on their company-driven projects to tackle energy challenges.

Advanced Energy Project (AEP) gala's visual identity for 2023

Advanced Energy Project Course Gala 2022

Students from the course report on their company-driven projects to tackle energy challenges.

Advanced Energy Project course gala 2022

Latest news in this area

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Energy consumption at swimming halls can be cut by up to a third, thanks to a new tool

The tool, developed by researchers at Aalto University, is intended for the project and pre-planning phase of new swimming halls and for planning the renovations of old ones.
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Seed funding available to boost collaboration between Aalto, KU Leuven and University of Helsinki

Aalto University, KU Leuven and the University of Helsinki launch the 2nd exploratory seed funding call to explore research collaboration possibilities. The funding call is open until 10 September 2024.
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Economist: A natural resource tax on hydropower would generate revenue and improve the state of the environment

A natural resource tax would be a way to distribute the costs of environmental protection so that they would not fall solely on electricity consumers
Eemeli Mölsä being promoted as doctor
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Doctoral level expertise is needed as ABB is engineering the energy transition

Joint doctoral research projects between Aalto University and ABB are training scientists to develop the cutting-edge products needed in the future.

Featured research and collaboration bodies

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Aalto University H2 Innovation Center

The H2 Innovation Center works to enable a sustainable hydrogen society by facilitating world-leading research at Aalto, and collaboration between our research community, companies, policymakers and external research organizations.

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Smart Energy Transition (external link)

We investigate the timing of the energy system disruption and the changes cascading from it, as well as their impacts on different sectors.

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Smart Otaniemi (external link)



Smart Otaniemi is an innovation ecosystem that connects experts working on world-changing ideas for smart energy.

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Compbat | Computer aided design for next generation flow batteries (external link)

CompBat EU project aims to take flow batteries to the next level, identifying new prospective molecules for their chemical composition.

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BATCircle consortium (external link)

BATCircle aims at improving the manufacturing processes of battery chemicals and the mining and metals industries and to increase the recycling of lithium-ion batteries.

Featured research groups

Litium ion batteries

Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage

Research group led by Professor Tanja Kallio

Department of Chemistry and Materials Science
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New Energy Technologies (Renewable)

The interest of the New Energy Technologies Group is on advanced energy systems, in particular nanomaterials for energy devices, sustainable energy systems, and multidisciplinary energy science.

Department of Applied Physics
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Energy Efficiency and Systems

Energy efficiency plays a key role in solving challenges related to developing a sustainable future for human societies, highlighting the need to optimise energy systems of all sizes.

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Our departments in this area

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Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is a leading multidisciplinary research establishment with strong industrial ties and impact on industry and society alike.

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Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation is an ecosystem where scientists and engineers from different fields of microsystems, electrical engineering and automation work together to solve the most challenging scientific problems.

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Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering

Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering (ELE) conducts research and arranges related teaching courses in the fields of electromagnetics, micro and nanotechnology, radio engineering, and space technology.

Key research area contact

 Dr. Sam Cross

Dr. Sam Cross

Manager, Advanced Energy Solutions Key research area, Aalto Networking Platform
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