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.



After completion of the course the student should be able to:

1) Describe current energy market and its challenges.
2) View energy production and consumption as socio-technical system. Develop an understanding of the complexity of sustainability transitions and how it is influenced by energy policy. Critically analyze systemic change with the help of transition and innovation theories (multi-level perspective, strategic niche management, technological innovation systems.)
3) Recognize how energy industry can collaborate in order to innovate more sustainable and more inclusive businesses.
4) Understand relations, processes, organizations and dynamics of co-provision / prosumerism.
5) Recognize and develop various business and financing models that can be used in energy business.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 19.04.2022 - 03.06.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Heli Nissilä, Samuli Patala, Jouni Juntunen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course is designed as a strategic knowledge and experience sharing process at the intersection between research and practice. The course gives theoretical expertise on energy innovations and business models, foundations of systemic change and sustainable energy transition. The sessions combine in-depth theoretical discussions with concrete business cases and visiting lectures. Moreover, the course also covers literature and theories relevant to decentralized energy systems: energy communities and prosumerism.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Assessments, group work and exam graded seprately to form total grade.

    Course grade: 1-5

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact teaching 32 h
    Group work  50 h
    Independent work 74h
    Exam (4h)  

    Total 160h (6ECTS)


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Study Material  
    A selection of articles and book chapters. Required pre-readings for each lecture (2-3 articles per lecture).

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The number of students admitted to the course is restricted to 50.

    Students are admitted to the course in the following priority order 1) Advanced Energy Solutions / JOO-students /Open University students, 2) Creative Sustainability, 3) CEMS, 4) Exchange students, 5) MIB, 6) School of Business students, 7) Aalto students.

    There is compulsory attendance the day your group is presenting. Students are further strongly encouraged to be present during the first class.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring V

    2021-2022 Spring V

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.