Applications and technologies

FITech offers courses on energy storages that answer to the increasing need of energy storage professionals.

Courses related to “Applications and technologies” 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).

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Courses included in the programme:

= Contact learning
= Online learning
= Blended learning (online & contact learning)
University of Vaasa: Control and simulation of modern electric drives and systems, 5 ECTS. 4.9.–4.11.2019.

Apply before Aug 26, 2019

Language: English

This is a supporting course.

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.

Responsible teacher: Hannu Laaksonen (hannu.laaksonen(at)

LUT University: Electric energy conversion systems, 4 ECTS. 2.9.–13.12.2019.

Apply before Aug 21, 2019

Max amount of FITech students: 30 (max 5 degree students)

Language: English

This is a core course.

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge in electrical engineering, electrical drives and power electronics.

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.

Responsible teacher: Olli Pyrhönen (olli.pyrhonen(at)

Aalto University: Sustainable electronics, 5 ECTS. 12.9.–5.12.2019.

Apply before Sep 5, 2019

Language: English

Prerequisites: Basics of electronics.

This is a supporting course.

The course includes exercises where attendance is necessary.

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.

Responsible teacher: Mervi Paulasto-Kröckel (mervi.paulasto(at)

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Aalto University: Power electronics, 5 ECTS. 13.9.–12.12.2019.

Apply before Sep 5, 2019

Language: English

This is a supporting course.

Prerequisites: Circuit analysis, basics of electronics.

Attendance at lectures and exercises is recommended.

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.

Responsible teacher: Jorma Kyyrä (jorma.kyyra(at)

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Tampere University: Electrical energy storages and electric vehicles, 5 ECTS. 23.10.–19.12.2019.

Apply before Oct 16, 2019

Language: English

This is a core course.

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of power systems.

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.

Lectures and literature work can be done online. Laboratory demonstration calls for attendance.

Responsible teacher: Antti Rautiainen (antti.rautiainen(at)

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University of Oulu: Small/medium power energy harvesting and storage devices, 5 ECTS. 28.10.–16.12.2019.

Apply before Oct 21, 2019

Language: English

This is a core course.

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of electronics.

Course content:

  • 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.

Responsible teacher: Jari Hannu (jari.hannu(at)

University of Vaasa: Battery energy storages in smart grids, 5 ECTS. 11.11.–29.11.2019.

Apply before Nov 4, 2019

Language: English

This is a core course.

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of power systems (recommended, not mandatory).

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.
  • will understand the key role of battery energy storages in the future power system.
  • 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.

This is an online course except for the simulation exercises which call for attendance.

 Responsible teacher: Hannu Laaksonen (hannu.laaksonen(at)

Aalto University: Electrical energy storage systems, 5 ECTS. 7.1.–11.2.2020.

Apply before Dec 16, 2019

Language: English

This is a core course.

Prerequisites: BSc in mechanical, chemical or electrical engineering.

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.

Responsible teacher: Annukka Santasalo-Aarnio (annukka.santasalo(at)

Åbo Akademi: New energy technologies, 5 ECTS. 21.1.–15.3.2020.

Apply before Jan 9, 2020

Language: English

This is a supporting course.

Course is organised as classroom teaching in Turku but lectures are available online.

The aim of the course is to give the participants an overwiew of new energy (more) sustainable energy technologies and their advantages and disadvantages. Present state and global trends are discussed. Technologies treated are solar thermal energy (collectors and concentrators), solar photovoltaics, biomass, fuel cells, wind energy, wave and tidal energy, geothermal energy and osmotic power. The course also treats operation principles, efficiency and practical realisations of the technologies, and illustrates the performance through a set of small numerical examples and assignments.

Learning objectives of the course:

  • to get acquainted with new and emerging energy technologies
  • to gain basic understanding of their operation principles, efficiencies and limitations
  • to get an overview of the present state of energy supply and use in Finland and future trends in the field

Responsible teachers: Henrik Saxén (henrik.saxen(at), Mikko Helle (mikko.helle(at)

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Aalto University: Smart grid, 5 ECTS. 25.2.–19.5.2020.

Apply before Feb 18, 2020

Language: English

This is a supporting course.

Prerequisites: Basics of electrical engineering.

Attendance at two lectures is compulsory, but otherwise distance learning is possible.

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.

Responsible teacher: Matti Lehtonen (matti.lehtonen(at)

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Åbo Akademi: Gas technology, 5 ECTS. 2.3.–29.4.2020.

Apply before Feb 19, 2020

Language: English

This is a supporting course.

This course is lectured at Åbo Akademi in Vaasa.

The course makes the students familiar with central processes in gas technology such as gas cooling, heating, storing and combustion.

Responsible teachers: Margareta Björklund-Sänkiaho, (margareta.bjorklund-sankiaho(at), Cataldo De Blasio (cataldo.deblasio(at)

University of Vaasa: Smart grids – active networks and microgrids, 5 ECTS. 17.3.–14.4.2020.

Apply before Mar 9, 2020

Language: English

This is a supporting course.

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of power systems.

Course info TBA.

Responsible teacher: Hannu Laaksonen (hannu.laaksonen(at)

Further information:

Aalto University

Matti Lehtonen (matti.lehtonen(at)

University of Oulu

Ulla Lassi (ulla.lassi(at)

LUT University

Katja Hynynen (katja.hynynen(at)

University of Vaasa

Hannu Laaksonen (hannu.laaksonen(at)

Åbo Akademi

Mikko Helle (mikko.helle(at)

Tampere University

Pertti Järventausta (pertti.jarventausta(at)

Contact person, applications:

Pilvi Lempiäinen (pilvi.lempiainen(at)

Type of study unit

Set of courses

Teaching semester


Host university

Aalto University, LUT University, University of Vaasa, Tampere University, University of Oulu, Åbo Akademi

Open for degree student


Open for non-student


Teaching methods

Contact or blended learning

Place of contact learning

Espoo, Vaasa, Tampere, Oulu

Programme suitable for

Future energy storage professionals



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