Electric power systems and Smart Grids
Research activities cover technical, economical and legislative issues related to electricity energy production, grids and utilization. The research is linked to the progress of Smart Grids which are under active research and development worldwide. One essential objective of Smart Grids is to support the mitigation of climate change and enable e.g. to fulfill targets of Paris agreement. The main aims of Smart Grids is to enable energy and resource efficient and sustainable electricity energy system and market e.g. by integrating distributed intermittent renewable electricity energy production, energy storages, electric vehicles and demand response as part the whole power system, and to operate reliable as being one of the main critical infrastructures of the whole society. The most substantial changes in electric power systems are the transition to wind and solar power based electricity energy production, energy storages and electric transportation.
In the laboratory of Electrical Energy Engineer research activities cover topics of
- renewable electricity production, especially solar power systems,
- planning, condition monitoring and active management of electricity networks,
- power quality and disturbances management,
- energy storages, especially battery storage systems,
- electric transportation,
- demand response, virtual power plants and microgrids, and
- ICT solutions for the management of electric power systems, and data security.
The advancement of electricity market is closely linked to the development of Smart Grids. In the laboratory the research issues relating to electricity market contain e.g. issues of end-user pricing and novel power-based network tariff structures, regulation of network business and quality of supply, novel measures and business models for customer gateway, aggregator, virtual power plant, microgrid and prosumer concepts.
The research activities are supported by advanced research laboratories and equipment including e.g. laboratory of solar power systems, versatile measuring equipment for power quality and condition monitoring also to be used in field conditions, and Smart Grid –laboratory consisting of Real-time Digital Simulator (RTDS) for hardware and software-in-the-loop testing as a testbed. The Smart Grid laboratory consists of RTDS, distribution automation devices and software, physical microgrid, communication systems and tools for cyber security tests to be run as interacting functionalities.
The research is done in close co-operation and interaction with various stakeholders and companies. The research results and new knowledge enable advancement of national energy system and development of new products and competitiveness of companies operating in global market. We do active co-operation with national and international partners including universities and other research organizations.
In the laboratory of Electrical Energy Engineer the research is done in research groups leaded by professors Pertti Järventausta, Sami Repo, Pekka Verho, Seppo Valkealahti ja Enrique Acha. Furthermore the research activities of power electronics are closely linked to the research of Smart Grids.
Contact: Pertti Järventausta, email@example.com