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 Smart Energy Transition consortium investigates how Finland could benefit from the energy transition.
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 consortium includes seven universities or research institutes and four other organizations. The project consists of six work packages, which are led by LUT, Aalto University, Science Policy Research Unit SPRU of the University of Sussex, Consumer Society Research Centre of the University of Helsinki and Finnish Environment Institute Syke.
Smart Energy Transition is a consortium led by Aalto University. More information: Consortium Leader, Professor Armi Temmes, armi.temmes(at)aalto.fi.
The project is funded by the Academy of Finland’s Strategic Research Council.