Research

Our main research is focus is in smart and sustainable energy systems. We study the decarbonization of the energy system by 2050 on both Finnish and EU levels. We also study distributed energy systems and integrating renewable energy sources in Local Energy Communities and Positive Energy Districts. We are also building expertise on the impact of Arctic environmental conditions on PV panels. This latter reseach uses the rooftop PV infrastructure at the University of Oulu, Linnanmaa campus. We also have access to the hybrid energy laboratory jointly developed with the University of Applied sciences, that allows studying nanogrids on both experimental level and also through digital twins.

We also have experitise in driving energy innovations in the North and worked with SMEs in the energy sector to encourage the application of energy innovations, and are promoting sustainable regional development and encourage the uptake of renewable energy communities in remote urban and rural areas of the Northern Periphery area.

In Circular Economy research, our focus is on waste prevention and Design for the Environment. One of the targets is critical materials in electronics and sustainable energy technologies, as we hope to promoting measures preventing the dissipation of critical materials. Our current interest is also transition pathways to circular economy, to highlight which sectors and material flows are critital in Finland to realize circular economy. Another target of research is bio-waste, in particular we concentrate on the prevention of food loss, as well as on the recovery of energy and nutrients from waste biomass.

In many of our research subjects, we specialize on issues relating to Northern and Arctic areas. In addition to the those mentioned, we are also interested in energy efficient harbours, and the prevention of the risk of oil spill in Arctic seas.

Our researchers are also well versed in the use and development of assessment tools and metholodologies such as sustainability assessment, life-cycle asessment, ecological footprint analysis and material flow assessment.

 

Last updated: 3.12.2020