The AEF Research Projects

Nine multidisciplinary research consortia operate under the Aalto Energy Efficiency Research Programme. During 2013-2017, Aalto University supports research that takes place at the intersection of different fields with 12 million euros. The research programme is an investment on a nationally significant theme that needs creative basic research to support the industry.

The nine AEF projects are tackling large-scale research problems with multidisciplinary teams:

How to increase energy-efficient housing in urban areas of Finland? Are town houses attractive to consumers and constructors?
Project: Energy-efficient Townhouse

Is it possible to make energy storage that preserves the heat an infinite period of time? Can nanometer-scale modifications double the efficiency of the current heat-transfer fluids?
Project: EXPECTS - Exploiting scale effects for high efficiency thermal systems

Converting waste heat to electricity by thermoelectrics: Can nanostructures solve the material challenges in thermoelectric conversion? What kind of domestic concepts are accessible for them?
Project: Heat-Harvest - Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting

How much energy can be saved just by adjusting the amount of light to correspond right timing, location and direction? What is the role of  human eye in all this?
Project: Light Energy - Efficient and Safe Traffic Environments

Can hybrid solutions of the novel energy conversion technologies be the key for minimizing energy losses also in the industrial scale? What is being studied with carbon-based electronics?
Project: MOPPI - Molecular and Thin Film Engineering for Building Integrated Photonics and Process Industry

Why should the European energy markets be developed in a decentralized manner and by combining both heat and electricity production? How regulations, technology and market prices affect the preferred investment choices?
Projects: SAGA - Smart Control Architecture for Smart Grids and STEEM - Sustainable Transitions of European Energy Markets

What is needed to predict individual’s traffic choices and under what conditions is one willing to combine private and public transportation?
Project: TrafficSense - Energy Efficient Traffic with Crowdsensing

Can we reduce our energy consumption by 5 % and still maintain the comfort of living by using wooden interiors and improving spatial design?
Project: Wood Life - Energy-efficient living spaces through the use of wooden interior elements

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