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TUT participates in the Academy of Finland’s strategic research projects

The Academy of Finland’s Strategic Research Council (SRC) has awarded 52.5 million euros for the first research projects under its strategic research programme. TUT is a member in two research consortia that explore climate neutral electricity systems, and robots and welfare services, respectively.

Funding was awarded to 16 research consortia. They received a total of 52.5 million euros over a period running from 1 May 2015 to 31 December 2017.

The projects funded by SRC bring together a broad range of partners to explore questions that have a direct bearing on public policy-making.

Transition to resource efficient and carbon-neutral electricity systems (EL-TRAN)

The Energy and Ecoeffectiveness Group, which has participated in planning the research collaboration between the Tampere3 partners, namely Tampere University of Technology, the University of Tampere, and Tampere University of Applied Sciences, is one of the members in a consortium titled “Transition to resource efficient and carbon-neutral electricity systems”  (EL-TRAN).

The initial phase of the transition to a resource efficient and climate neutral electricity system is currently underway in Finland. The aim of the project is to help resolve policy problems concerning the transition and outline requirements for relevant stakeholders in a bid to promote the transition and provide a roadmap for the public sector to support the process.

The consortium is made up of the three higher education institutions from Tampere, the University of Turku, the University of Eastern Finland, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and multiple stakeholders. The share of funding secured by the Tampere3 partners totals 2.2 million euros.

Robots and the Future of Welfare Services (ROSE)

In post-industrial societies, such as Finland, the demand for welfare services is growing rapidly. Welfare services and healthcare are the largest items in the state budget. The researchers involved in the ROSE project investigate how the advances in service robotics pave the way for the development of innovative new products and services and for the reformation of welfare services. Service robots are believed to increase productivity, improve the quality of services, and open up new business opportunities.

In addition to TUT, the consortium comprises Aalto University (coordinator), the University of Tampere, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Laurea University of Applied Sciences and Lappeenranta University of Technology.

Further information:

Transition to resource efficient and climate neutral electricity systems: Pertti Järventausta, firstname.lastname@tut.fi, tel. +358 40 549 2384

Robots and the Future of Welfare Services: Joni Kämäräinen, firstname.lastname@tut.fi. tel. +358 50 300 1851

For more information on strategic research programmes, please go to: http://www.aka.fi/en/about-us/SRC/

 

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