Topic outline

  • Advanced Energy Project (AEP) Course 2021  

    This course runs in Periods 1 & 2 (September- December 2021) as part of the Advanced Energy Systems (AAE) MSc programme 

    The course is designated for students in 2nd year of AAE, Innoenergy MSc programmes, Joint energy programmes & doctoral students 

    Unless announced otherwise, the default link for our weekly online sessions is:

    Advanced Energy Program final presentations

    (Above photo by Glen Forde)

    In this course:

    ·         Groups of 4-5 students carry out projects for external companies & other stakeholders (“partners”)

    ·         Student adopt an entrepreneurial mindset to address an identified energy challenge/problem through the development of services, business models, technical solutions or prototypes.

    ·         Groups are guided by a representative of the external partner and a dedicated supervisor from Aalto staff

    ·         The group work is accompanied by parallel lectures/training on marketing, pitching, communication and entrepreneurial thinking, many of these sessions held by guest lecturers or professional trainers. 

    Course teachers are Sam Cross & Professor Annukka Santasalo-Aarnio. Course assistant is Markus Laitinen.

    The outline list of company projects and project topics is in the table below, the full descriptions will be available on 1.9 in Company and Partner Projects section.

    Students will be assigned to the projects based on their own project preferences (registered students will be asked to identify their 3 preference projects by 6th September).   

    An online course introduction session (optional) will be organized exceptionally on Friday 10th September at 14:00, in advance of the official start on the 14th.  All online sessions will be recorded.  We hope to organize at least part of the course physically (dependent on COVID restrictions), however, it will be possible to participate in the course fully online.


    Project theme


    Future Carbon prices under EU Fit for 55 package


    Hydrogen Storage in Finland


    Planning of a local community low-carbon energy system with maximum self-sufficiency


    Modelling of energy transition effects on distribution customer load profiles in 2030 and 2040.


    SmartRiver – hydro plant inflow prediction with level sensors

    Energiateollisuus (Finnish Energy Industry association)

    Flexibility needs in 2035 Finnish electricity system  


    Decarbonization of industry: Replacing gas turbine drives with electric drive trains



    Designing a reliable 100% renewable power system


    Decarbonization of Bauhaus stores as part of overall carbon neutrality strategy (focus on practical solutions for building energy consumption).

    Workshop dates are on Tuesday afternoons, 14-17, unless otherwise stated. Students are expected to attend all workshop dates.
    If you need more information about the course, please contact Markus (

    Annukka, Sam and Markus