HOPE - Highly Optimized Energy Systems

The aim of HOPE-project is to develop solutions to increase energy efficiency in energy networks and to promote co-operation within energy sector. In the project, tools and solutions will be developed for multi-criteria optimization. Project is executed by Control Engineering research group in co-operation with companies and research institutes.

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Business Finland

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Clic Innovation

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The management of increasingly complex energy systems is a challenge that requires new tools to perform it efficiently. In addition to increasing complexity, the uncertainty in the energy production and consumption increases due to increasing amount of intermittent renewable energy generation and more involvement in the demand side. The complexity and uncertainty need to be managed in order to meet the stricter environmental legislation on energy efficiency and climate neutrality. Considering the ambitious environmental goals of European Union for 2030, fast actions are needed.

The project Highly Optimized Energy Systems (HOPE) is established to support the industry actors to develop solutions to increase energy efficiency within energy networks and advance crosssectoral integration. Aim of the research is to develop tools and solutions for the multi‐objective optimization of energy systems by taking into account the operating conditions and uncertainty. This enables optimization to be adapted to the prevailing conditions. Use of advanced weather forecasts aims to improve predictions on the state of energy devices and enable the inclusion of the uncertainty in the optimization. The integration of heat and electricity including production, distribution and demand aims to more efficient energy systems.

The industrial partners with own parallel research projects include seven companies: Oulun Energia, ABB, Fortum, HögforsGST, Fidelix and Vexve. In addition, Valmet Automation, Sumitomo SHI FW, Single Wing Energy, Vaisala and Oilon participate as collaborative partners in Advisory Board. The research organizations of the consortium are University of Oulu (UO), Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), Lappeenranta‐Lahti University of Technology (LUT), VTT and Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE).

The total budget of HOPE is 12.8 M€.

More information: https://clicinnovation.fi/project/hope/