Topic outline

  • Advanced Energy Project (AEP) Course 2022  

    This course runs in Periods 1 & 2 (September- December 2022) 
    The course is designated for students in 2nd year of AAE, Innoenergy MSc programmes, Joint energy programmes & doctoral students 

    Course gala photos

    (Above photos by Glen Forde & Katja Reinikka)

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

    The outline list of company projects and project topics are listed in the table below. 

    Students will be assigned to the projects based on their own project preferences. Registered students are asked to identify their 3 preference projects, and submit that by 12.00 on 5th September.   

    A the first session for the course introduction will exceptionally be held on Fri 2.9 at 9-10 am (as the 6th September is Aalto Day One celebrations), but slides will be offered for those who can not join that session.

    Here is the list of projects for this year, please find summary slides for these in the section "Company/partner projects".  Please scroll right to see full project titles in the table.




    To study and map electricity market design across different jurisdictions


    Electrification of road traffic in Finland – power system implications


    Deep decarbonisation of industrial sector in Europe (Chemical Industry decarbonisation, focussed to plastics)


    Effect of wind power in various locations on the Finnish energy system and market


    CO2 market and Direct Air Capture (DAC) future perspectives

    Aalto Sustainability Team / Aalto Campus & Real Estate (ACRE)

    An alternate path for Aalto's green energy strategy (inc. footprint analysis., etc)


    Carbon footprint of district heating SMR

    Workshop dates are on Tuesday afternoons from 1400-1700. There can be also few extended sessions which we announce at the start of course. Students are expected to attend all workshop dates. 
    The course has a Final Gala on Tuesday 13th December where the projects are presented to the companies.
    If you need more information about the course, please contact Markus (

    Sam, Annukka and Markus