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 the course, the student can:

  • Solve wide energy-related problems as a part of a group
  • Understand the different parts of a project contract and conduct one with university and company
  • Adopt an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Function as a member of a multidisciplinary project team
  • Understand the basics of business strategy
  • Utilize one's own capabilities and expertise in project environment
  • Pitch and give group presentation of a project's results
  • Consult a network of peers and company representatives

Credits: 10

Schedule: 14.09.2021 - 14.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Annukka Santasalo-Aarnio, Samuel Cross

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 students solve energy-related problems in interdisciplinary teams concerning the emergence of new innovations. The course requires active communication with companies and adopting an entrepreneurial mindset. In initiating the work, the students need to identify customer needs, the wider value chain and to pitch a project concept to the company. Development targets may include services, business models, technical solutions or prototypes and the final outcome will be a report and an accompanying presentation. Each group is assigned an instructor from the university. The course provides workshops to support the project development incorporating the best Aalto and external guest experts on different entrepreneurial and worklife skills.


Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Students will be assessed on the following criteria:

    - Project plan & Pitching

    - Final project presentation and report

    - Professional development

    - Peer review

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Project supporting workshops:  36 h  

    Team Guidance sessions and company interaction: 28 h 

    Team work: 200 h 

    Final seminar: 4h 


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lecture material, references to be provided, other study material will depend on project undertaken

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    13 Climate Action


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course is recommended to be undertaken by all students on the AAE programme. The student may also take note of the following project courses in the energy field, which share some objectives with the above course:

    CHEM-E6225 Technical Innovation Project (I-II)

    CHEM-E7200 Design Project in Chemical Engineering (I-II / IV-V)

    ELEC-E8002 Project Work A and ELEC-E8003 Project Work B.

    EEN-E4004 Fundamentals of HVAC Design

    EEN-E4006 Advanced HVAC Design


    2020-2021 Autumn I-II

    2021-2022 Autumn I-II

    Kurssin kotisivu:

    Ilmoittautuminen: Lukuvuonna 2021-2022 opetukseen ilmoittaudutaan Sisussa (

    Student selection: From initial student applications, we will select 50 students to take part in the course. In selecting students, we aim at a balanced distribution of students from different backgrounds: students from all the majors of the Advanced Energy Solutions MSc programme, exchange students and double degree students.