Diploma Theses

Currently available diploma thesis subjects

With Dr. Jean-Nicolas Louis:

  1. Cradle-to-cradle of power production technologies throughout Europe - This work would be based on building LCAs (SimaPro) and would require an extensive literature review, country by country, to evaluate the environmental impact based on full LCA.
  2. Building an energy management system based on smart buildings, including EVs and interconnection between buildings - This work will be done on MatLab. It will have to work following the microgrid principle:
    1. Microgrid is an integration platform for supply-side (microgeneration), storage units and demand resources (controllable loads) located in a local distribution grid.
    2. A microgrid should be capable of handling both normal state (grid-connected) and emergency state (islanded) operation.
    3. The difference between a microgrid and a passive grid penetrated by microsources lies mainly in terms of management and coordination of available resources.
    4. Microgrids have the capability to shift to islanded operation in emergency situations, thus increasing customer reliability, but they are mostly operated interconnected to the upstream distribution network.


Our experts and their research subjects are:

Dr. Antonio Caló - smart energy systems, electric vehicles

Dr. Jenni Ylä-Mella - municipal solid waste management, especially electronic waste, waste recovery infrastructure

Dr. Sari Piippo - municipal solid waste management, especially biowaste and waste-to-energy

MSc Victor Pavlov - arctic environmental protection, oil spill


If you are interested to write your diploma thesis on other energy or waste management related issues and need an expert advisor, contact the head of the group Eva Pongrácz.


List of diploma works conducted at our unit this far:

  1. Strategic waste management planning  (Kauppila, 2011)
  2. Assessing the potential of smart energy grids in the Northern Periphery  (Caló, 2011)
  3. Resource efficiency in an urban context: Defining the framework of eco-cities  (Chamilos, 2011)
  4. Municipal solid waste management in sparsely populated Northern areas  (Piippo, 2012)
  5. Smart buildings to improve energy efficiency in the residential sector  (Louis, 2012)
  6. Utilization of renewable energy potential at water utilities in Northern Periphery  (Mikkonen, 2013)
  7. Life cycle assessment of a novel food packaging solution  (Miilumäki, 2014)
  8. Water Asset Utilization for Renewable Energy Generation  (Pavlov, 2014)
  9. Realizing bioeconomy in the North of Finland: Design of a co-digester for the municipality of Sodankylä  (Alaraudanjoki, 2016)
  10. Energy innovation needs in public buildings: Sizing a solar PV system for the University of Oulu Linnanmaa campus  (Stewart, 2016)
  11. Sustainability of  small scale renewable energy systems, case Päivänpaisteenmaa ecodistrict  (A.Niemelä, 2016)
  12. Evaluation of improvement priorities for Municipal Solid Waste Management in Ogun State, Nigeria using experiences from Finland  (Adekunle Oloko, 2016)
  13. Evaluation of centralized and decentralized waste separation solutions to increase MSW recycling rates in the operational area of Oulu Waste Management Ltd.  (J.Jääskä, 2017)
  14. Biogas production potential of the agricultural sector in Northern Ostrobothnia  (R.Niemelä, 2017)
  15. Market potential of digestate from anaerobic digestion facilities  (S.Kuokkanen, 2017)
  16. Design of an eco-district for Muhos municipality  (Puirava, 2018)
  17. Modelling and energy smart community  (Hursti, 2018)
  18. Risk assessment of fair-trade, organic soybean production in Brazil  (Correa, 2018)
  19. Sustainable energy systems for rural communities: Sizing of a digester for energy generation from farm and food waste (Akoore, 2018)
  20. Application of Innovative Energy Solutions for a Hotel Complex in Northern Finland: Case “Triangel” retreat in Haukipudas (Svoboda, 2018)
  21. Modeling a Photovoltaic-Connected Battery Energy Storage System. Case: Hybrid-Power Finland’s utility-scale plan in Kalajoki (Kimppimäki, 2018)
  22. Demand Side Management potential of using electric heating in Finnish buildings – current and prospective technology (Pulkkinen, 2019)
  23. Esteet ja ajurin energiatehokkuus- sopimusten hyödyntämiselle (Johansson, 2019)
  24. The application of solar photovoltaics in the extreme North (Herva, 2019)
  25. Circular economy and Closing nutrient cycles: Planning sustainable bio-waste management system for Puolanka Municipality (Airi, 2019)
  26. Information flows in the future Finnish electricity market. Case: Households with new energy solutions (Moisanen, 2019)
  27. Aurinkosähkövoimalan perustaminen käytöstä poistuneille maille: sijoituspaikan valinta ja kannattavuuslaskelma (Raitala, 2019)
  28. Nuclear safety culture at Fennovoima Hanhikivi 1 site (Hakala, 2019)
  29. Demand response as a tool for balance responsible party (Suomalainen, 2019)

Last updated: 25.4.2019