Smart energy networks can in the future contribute to reducing the carbon footprint of energy generation. Smart and flexible energy systems are studied in a project coordinated at the Thule Institute of the University of Oulu and in the joint project of Oulu Business School and the Finnish Environment Institute. The projects study the social, economic, technical and environmental aspects of energy systems.
At the Thule Institute, the four year project ’Smart energy networks 2050: Modelling of energy and information fluxes, impact of user response on decarbonisation’ (1.9.2015 – 31.8.2019) lead by Eva Pongrácz received 686 000 euros funding. The research aims at determining to what extent people can contribute to the reduction of their carbon footprint through the choices they make concerning energy consumption. To answer this question, variety of models will be created to describe the functions of micro-grids, intelligent home automation, integration of small-scale renewable energy production, energy storage, and heat distribution. Models are built so that the end-user is in the centre with the ability to make decisions concerning their own energy usage.
At the Thule Institute, the project will fund the research of doctoral student Jean-Nicolas Louis and postdoctoral researcher Antonio Caló. In addition, the Faculty of Technology (Prof. Kauko Leiviskä) and the Oulu School of Architecture (Prof. Helka-Liisa Hentilä) participate in the project.
Additionally, Prof. Rauli Svento of Oulu Business School and Prof. Maria Kopsakangas-Savolainen of the Finnish Environment Institute received a total of 420 000 euros funding to their consortium project titled ‘Regulation and dynamic pricing for energy systems’. The objective of this three year project (1.9.2015 – 31.8.2018) is to understand how future flexible energy systems change the requirement for regulation, pricing rules on the market models and how value is created. This is done by modelling the energy system as a two-sided market and determining the fundamentals behind distributed energy systems. This includes maximization of joint economic, environment and social targets.
The two projects will be performed in active collaboration, in order to provide a significant input to the development of smart energy systems. The ultimate objective is to develop energy systems that are resilient, inclusive and sustainable.
Last updated: 17.6.2015