Applications and technologies

Application period is now open!

First courses start during September 2019.

Courses related to this theme will focus on different small & large-scale and short & long term energy storage and conversion technologies and applications. For example, courses will cover utilisation of energy storages in

  1. stationary grid applications (different size of microgrids, hybrid power plants, virtual powerplants)
  2. transportation sector applications (electric/hybrid vehicles, busses, ships, ferries and mobile working machinery)
  3. integration of different energy vectors (electricity, heat, gas, hydrogen).

The study module consists of both core and supporting courses. Core courses are considered to be the most important of the module, and supporting courses offer additional information about the subject.

It is possible to study only individual courses or whole 25–30 ECTS module (in which courses from different themes can be included).

See also other study modules:


Core courses:

Schedule: 23.10.–19.12.2019
Distance learning possibility: Lectures and literature work can be done online. Laboratory demonstration calls for attendance.
Prerequisite knowledge: Fundamentals of power systems.
Responsible teacher: Antti Rautiainen (antti.rautiainen(at)
Content summary:

The aim of the course is to give a comprehensive overview of electricity storage options, especially battery technology, and the most important foreseeable electricity storage applications, especially electric vehicles. Students having taken the course are expected to have a comprehensive holistic understanding of electrical energy storage options, especially battery technology, and the most important foreseeable electricity storage applications, especially electric vehicles. The students will have a good understanding of lithium-ion battery technology.


  • University of Vaasa: Battery energy storages in smart grids (5 ECTS)

Schedule: 11.11.–1.12.2019
Distance learning possibility: Yes (excl. simulation exercises)
Prerequisite knowledge: Fundamentals of power systems (recommended, not mandatory).
Content summary:

This course will cover topics related to electric vehicles effects on Smart Grids and multi-objective management of batteries in future power systems.

After completing the course, the student is able to understand reasons for power system changes, impact of these changes and need for utilisation of flexible resources like battery energy storages to manage the impacts. Student will understand the key role of battery energy storages in the future power system. In addition, student will gain strong knowledge about basics of battery technologies and their modeling and management as well as an overview of battery storage solutions in Smart Grids, smart homes and hybrid power plants. Course exercises will enable student to obtain in depth understanding related to some relevant battery storage topic.


Schedule: 28.10.–16.12.2019
Distance learning possibility: No (online learning possibility coming in 2020)
Prerequisite knowledge: Fundamentals of electronics.
Responsible teacher: Jari Hannu (jari.hannu(at)
Content summary:

Wireless devices and sensor networks. Solar, kinetic, thermal and electromagnetic wave energy harvesting. Power management circuitry and energy storage. Component and system fabrication and characterisation. Hands on learning: private demonstrator manufacturing and testing. Students will learn how to implement energy supply by harvesting energy from the environment and storage it in an efficient way.

APPLY BEFORE 21.10. >>

  • LUT University: Electric energy conversion systems (4 ECTS)

Schedule: 2.9.–13.12.2019
Distance learning possibility: Yes
Prerequisite knowledge: Basic knowledge in electrical engineering, electrical drives and power electronics.
Max amount of FITech students: 30 (max 5 degree students)
Content summary:

Electric energy conversion is needed in various fields, like marine vessels, hybrid off-road machinery, electric transport vehicles, microgrid systems, electrochemical energy storages and various industrial processes. Basic understanding and knowledge of electric conversion solutions are needed in many engineering fields. This course gives an overview of modern electrical energy conversion technologies and introduces various interesting applications.


  • Aalto University: Electrical energy storage systems (5 ECTS)

Schedule: 7.1.–11.2.2020
Distance learning possibility: Attendance at lectures is compulsory.
Prerequisite knowledge: BSc in mechanical, chemical or electrical engineering.
Responsible teacher: Annukka Santasalo-Aarnio (annukka.santasalo(at)
Content summary:

This course presents an overview of energy storage and conversion technologies. Since different energy storage technologies have different features (e.g. capacity, energy and power density, charging cycles), selecting a proper technology for a given application is studied by means of analysis and case examples. The course focuses on developing the system level understanding of energy storage and related grid interfaces. After the course, the students can design simple energy storage systems as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

APPLY BEFORE 16.12. >>


Supporting courses:

  • University of Vaasa: Control and simulation of modern electric drives and systems (5 ECTS)

Schedule: 2.9.–10.11.2019
Distance learning possibility: No
Prerequisite knowledge: –
Responsible teacher: Hannu Laaksonen (hannu.laaksonen(at)
Content summary:

Latest development in electronics, machines and modern control theories enable the students to develop and understand the machine models with power electronics. The course also develops the students’ analytical abilities for understanding electrical machines dynamics and gives the students a general approaches for modeling of electromechanical devices. After the course students also have an overview about simulation of drives in power systems as well as about the dynamics and control of grid-connected inverters.


  • Aalto University: Power electronics (5 ECTS)

Schedule: 13.9.–12.12.2019
Distance learning possibility: Attendance at lectures and exercises is recommended.
Prerequisite knowledge: Circuit analysis, basics of electronics.
Responsible teacher: Jorma Kyyrä (jorma.kyyra(at)
Content summary:

The course gives an introduction to power electronics used in electric drives and power supplies. We will discuss topics such as power electronic systems, power semiconductor switches, line-commutated ac-dc rectifiers and dc-dc switch-mode converters. After the course, the student understands the operation principles of power electronics and the operation of the most essential converters.


  • Aalto University: Sustainable electronics (5 ECTS)

Schedule: 12.9.–5.12.2019
Distance learning possibility: The course includes exercises where attendance is necessary.
Prerequisite knowledge: Basics of electronics.
Responsible teacher: Mervi Paulasto-Kröckel (mervi.paulasto(at)
Content summary:

After the course, the student is familiar with the legislation and revised legislative proposals on waste and their impact on electronics design and their lifecycles – including EU’s long-term targets on circular economy. The student will gain knowledge on resource management, manufacturing and supply of metallic materials and their environmental impact, on manufacturing processes of electronic products and their environmental performance. The student will also become familiar with the reuse and recycling logistics and methods considering specifically the responsibilities of the manufacturer as well as the process of life cycle assessment.


  • Aalto University: Smart grid (5 ECTS)

Schedule: 25.2.–19.5.2020
Distance learning possibility: Attendance at two lectures is compulsory, but otherwise distance learning is possible.
Prerequisite knowledge: Basics of electrical engineering.
Responsible teacher: Matti Lehtonen (matti.lehtonen(at)
Content summary:

After the course the student can explain different functions of modern electric power systems. They understand the challenges of large scale integration of variable renewable energy sources like wind and solar power in energy systems and is able to suggest solutions to challenges such as operation of future power markets, role of electric vehicles in energy systems, demand response, self-healing networks and network information systems.


  • University of Vaasa: Smart grids – active networks and microgrids (5 ECTS)

Schedule: 16.3.–19.4.2020
Distance learning possibility: No
Prerequisite knowledge: Fundamentals of power systems.
Content summary: TBA


Schedule: 2.3.–29.4.2020
Distance learning possibility: No
Prerequisite knowledge: –
Content summary:

This course is lectured at Åbo Akademi in Vaasa. It makes the students familiar with central processes in gas technology such as gas cooling, heating, storing and combustion.