Disruptive technologies challenge the current energy system. Improved energy efficiency and the replacement of fossil fuels with increasingly cheaper renewable energy change the ways in which energy is produced, distributed and used in all sectors. For example, in the electricity system, an increasing share of intermittent production creates the need for new market models, products and services: demand response, storage and flexible production. The energy disruption can create new opportunities for Finland’s expected spearheads of growth: the bioeconomy, cleantech and digitalization. The Smart Energy Transition consortium investigates how Finland could benefit from this disruption.

We investigate the timing of the disruption and the changes cascading from it, as well as their impacts on different sectors. We examine what new business models the disruption creates in Finland and what competencies are needed to benefit from it. We analyse the institutional conditions for benefiting from the disruption and investigate the policy implications and challenges. We also study what are the best ways to facilitate the management of the energy transition. The project works in close collaboration with knowledge users – the public sector, companies and citizens.

The project consists of six work packages, which are led by Lappeenranta University of Technology (WP1), Aalto University School of Business (WP2), University of Sussex, Science Policy Research Unit SPRU (WP3), Consumer Society Research Centre, University of Helsinki (WP4), Finnish Environment Institute, Syke (WP5) and Aalto University School of Art and Design (WP6).

Smart Energy Transition is a consortium led by Aalto University School of Business, which includes seven other universities/research institutes and four other organizations.

More information: Consortium Leader, Professor Armi Temmes, armi.temmes(at) or Stakeholder Relations Director Karoliina Auvinen, karoliina.auvinen(at)

The project is funded by the Academy of Finland’s Strategic Research Council.


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