Energy Meets Society
Research aiming to improve the energy and material efficiency of processes, to reduce the environmental load, to foster bioeconomy, to minimize the end-use of energy, and to develop the retail and wholesale energy market.
We have strong expertise in systems thinking and a long-term tradition in experimental research which is needed for the technical, economic and environmental assessment and follow-up of modelling and simulation. The range of core competences relevant to energy and society also include computational science, systems and models, risk analysis, innovation and technology management, business management, information technology, complex networks and energy markets.
Living environments use much energy. Recent innovations in lighting technology, especially LED’s, enable remarkable savings in the current 20 % share of electricity consumption. Hybridization or electrification of vehicles helps energy consumption to drop dramatically. Zero-Energy Buildings are a topic of high international interest. The need for energy-efficient and affordable new housing types is highly topical.
Aalto's key professors in the areas of process efficiency, energy and resource economics and energy-efficient living environments are:
Energy and material efficiency of processes
Energy and resource economics