Current research projects:

  • Energy and cost-efficient production of solar energy under arctic environmental conditions (1/2021 - 12/2024) is a project financed by the Kvantum institute. The aim is to investigate sustainable energy production under Arctic environmental conditions, focusing on rooftop photovoltaic installation. Our research in this project is utilizing the PV research infra on the roof of the University of Oulu Linnanmaa campus and we aim to evaluation the impact of winter conditions on the efficiency of PV panels

  • Making city (12/2018 - 11/2023) - Energy efficient pathway for the city transformation: Enabling a positive future, is a large Horizon 2020 project aimed at demonstrations of Positive Energy Districts (PED). The project has two "Lighthouse" cities, Oulu and Groningen, and 5 follower cities accross Europe. The PED demonstration isn Oulu is in Kaukovainio

  • Nexus4EU (9/2020 - 8/2023) is the postdoctoral research project of Jean-Nicolas Louis, financed by the Academy of Finland. The project aims at developing an integrative model of the energy-water-environment nexus for prospective energy systems. The ultimate aim is the support the decarbonization of the energy system in the EU by 2050.

  • EVISA (1/2020 - 12/2022) or Energy-vise harbour is promoting the use of energy efficiency and carbon neutral solutions at harbours in Northern Finland. The project is realized in collaboration with the harbours of Oulu, Tornio and Kalajoki.

  • SINNI (10/2020 - 9/2022) project is called Modern villages (Sinnit kylät) with the aim of investigating the potential of building Renewable Energy Communities in the villages of Lapland and utilizing solar energy potential through virtual power plants 

  • Transcirc (9/2017 - 8/2021) - Transition pathways to circular economy aims to construct pathways that consist of different future-oriented measures that aim at responding to EU targets and drive the transition to circular economy in Finland. The objective our research is highlight the key sectors and materials flows which are the most critical to realizing circular economy in Finland

  • EaaSLAB (1/2019-6/2021), or Energy as a Service Laboratory is realized in collaboration with the Oulu University of Applied Sciences, and the aim is to build a hybrid energy laboratory. It is realized as a physical, pilot-scale infrastructure of electricty and heating nanogrids, as well as digital twins of both. The idea is to use the laboratory to support education of both universities, as well as for R&D&I purposes.

  • The value of flexibility services (6/2020-6/2023) is the doctoral research of Adeleye Adetunji. The purpose of the research is to determine the economic potential of demand response programmes, and assess their socio-economic and environmental impacts

Recently ended research projects:

  • APP4SEA: Arctic Preparedness Platform for Oil Spill and other Accidents, 5/2017-4/2020
    APP4SEA was a transnational project, which aimed at strengthen the preparedness of environmental authorities and the awareness of general public in the coastal areas of the European Arctic region regarding oil spill response. The project was financed by the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme.

  • Smart energy networks 2050: Modelling of energy and information fluxes, impact of user response on decarbonisation (SEN 2050), 9/2015-12/2019
    The main purpose of this project was to conceptualize a decarbonized energy network by 2050, in a North Finland setting. We produced planning and evaluation models for smart energy networks development. We also developeding a set of modelling and computational tools intended to support and strengthen the transition phase, the smartening of the system. The project is financed by the Academy of Finland.

  • The challenges of recycling sustainable energy and cleantech applications: Are we running out of critical materials? 4/2016-3/2019
    The main purpose of this post-doctoral research was to bridge knowledge gaps between planning, design, production, use and end-of-life management of sustainable energy and cleantech infrastructure from the point of critical raw materials. In this project, the key sustainable energy and cleantech applications dependent on critical materials were mapped and the main stages of life-cycles where dissipation of selected critical material occurs were identified. The funding was a personal scholarship by the Kone Foundation to Dr. Jenni Ylä-Mella.

  • Funding resources for innovation in energy enterprise development (FREED), 1/2016-12/2018
    FREED provided SMEs with support for business planning and sourcing funding to realize the commercial potential of energy innovations. Project realized an innovation tender, and financed the realization of innovative technologies and supported start-ups. Further FREED helped the selected SME in business planning, sourcing funding and technology transfer. FREED was funded by the Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) Programme.

  • Renewable Community Empowerement in Northern Territories (RECENT), 9/2015-8/2018
    The RECENT Project increased energy knowledge in rural communities and helped them to have more resilient and energy efficient public infrastructure capable of handling climate change related risks. The outcome of the project was 24 pilots demonstrating sustainable energy solutions and resource synergies, and an on-line virtual learning platform. RECENT was financed by the NPA Programme.

  • Healthy Food and Lifestyle Choices in the Arctic, 7/2015-6/2018
    The main aim of this project was to contribute to a more healthy diet in a changing Arctic through bringing scientists and stakeholders from Norway, Finland and Russia together. A specific focus was on local food culture and food, alcohol as a part of eating habits, and food wastage in the Arctic. The project was funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers Arctic Cooperation Programme.

Earlier projects (2012-2015)

Projects prior to 2011

Last updated: 11.12.2020