Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


At the end of this course the students are able to:
Recognize state-of-the-art materials currently used in renewable energy systems
Identify common degradation mechanisms in these applications
Develop new material solutions and eco-design
Share the expertise of ones field in a heterogeneous team
Justify material selection with scientific argumentation

Credits: 5

Schedule: 10.01.2019 - 14.02.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Michael Gasik, Annukka Santasalo-Aarnio, Annukka Santasalo-Aarnio

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Michael Gasik, Annukka Santasalo-Aarnio, Annukka Santasalo-Aarnio

Contact information for the course (valid 21.12.2018-21.12.2112):

Prof. Annukka Santasalo-Aarnio,

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    At this course the students learn how materials behave at circumstances relevant for the renewable energy systems (solar systems, wind turbines, energy storage (fuel cells, batteries)) and how material development is performed for this kind of systems taking into account also the requirements of circular economy. The students also have multidisciplinary teams where they develop their thinking by preparing new material solutions and eco-designs for these applications.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    In year 2019 the course is held on III period only.

    The course will have a lot of individual study and 6 collaborative workshops where student works in teams to develop new material innovations. The course will have various individual and group assignment, but no exam.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Workshops, flip the class room, team tasks and innovation project.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    5 cr = 135 h
    Group work
    Independent work and reflection
    Projects presentation

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Workshops - 6 x 3,5 h = 21 h

    Individual work at home = 71 h

    Group work = 40 h

    Project presentations = 3 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Ed. Zhang, Jiujun, Zhang, Lei, Liu, Hansan , Electrochemical Technologies for Energy Storage and Conversion , Wiley-VCH, 2012.

    M. Gasik, Materials for fuel cells, Woodhead Publishing Limited, 2007.

    Scientific articles and news paper clips.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    MT-0.6141 Erikoismateriaaliratkaisut P (5 cr)

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


Registration for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


  • Applies in this implementation:

    This course is part of Sitra initive for circular economy expertise and have no prerequisites (other than bachelor's degree). All students with different backgrounds are very welcome to the course.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    13 Climate Action


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course will start on 10.1 and continue 6 weeks. The group presentations will be held after this period and will be agreed at the first session.