Eseia International Online Summer School

Climate Friendly Bioenergy Solutions

Time: 14.—25.9.2020

Mode of teaching: online

BioeconomyThe two week programme arranged by Eastern Finland Universities together with Tanzanian partners and ESEIA network consist of lectures, company presentations, individual assignments, workshops, supervised group tasks and presentation group work results.

The student will receive comprehensive overview of environmentally friendly bioenergy solutions (by lectu-res and company presentations) and they will apply their knowledge for preparation a proposal of adapting European environmental friendly technology in Africa.

Content

  • Introduction
  • Presentation of challenges for students group works
  • Orientation to project works
  • Soil improvement and circular fertilizer products
  • Possibilities to utilize ash as such or purified by proper processing for fertilizers and earth construc-tion materials
  • Environmental friendly combustion technologies, (testing of emission reduction technologies with fluidized bed pilot plant)
  • Regional bioenergy solution (technical solution, biofuel supply chain management)
  • Supervised group works
  • Presentations of group works

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Master's Degree Programme in Energy Engineering starts in January 2021.

Energia ylempi AMK 2021Name of the study programme: Master's Degree Programme in Energy Engineering
Degree title: Master of Engineering
Extent of the study programme: 60 ECTS, 1,5 - 2 years
Mode of teaching: Part time, all studies are online
Language: English
Application period: Joint application 2020 2.9. 8:00 am - 16.9. 15:00

Study objectives

The focus of the Master Degree Programme in Energy Engineering is to educate professionals in engineering and business management in the field of international energy engineering projects. The aim of the programme is to create highly skilled specialists for the following fields of expertise: managing international technology projects and supply chains, developing advanced energy production systems, intercultural communication and language skills, and specialized themes in engineering.

Curriculum of degree programme in energy engineering has been drawn up, so that

  • the degree produces the degree of competence required in work life
  • the education ensures the development of the student’s expertise
  • the education enhances lifelong learning

The student

  • draws up to support his/her studies an individual study plan in which earlier acquired competence is identified is responsible for
  • the progression of his/her studies.

Savonia’s teachers and other personnel facilitate and support in the defining and achieving of individual goals. The student starts the planning of the thesis in during the first semester.

The competence objective is that the student is able to evaluate and make use of national and international networks. In addition, she/he creates multiprofessional partnerships in energy engineering field. She/he is able to direct and develop partnerships and brings one’s expertise in interdisciplinary networks/groups.

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AN ENERGY CLUSTER HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED IN NORTHERN SAVONIA

At the meeting of steering group of the project “North Savo Energy Technology RDI Ecosystem” on 4 June 2020, it was decided to establish the North Savo Energy Cluster to support the development of the machine and energy industry which is the region's most important industrial sector.

Almost 20 companies are already involved in the project: Andritz Oy, FamiFarm Oy, Fescon Oy, Fortum Power & Heat Oy, Fortum Waste Solutions Oy, Freeport Cobalt Oy, Gasmet Technologies Oy, HögforsGST Oy, KPA Unicon Oy, Riikinvoima Oy, Savon Automaatio Oy, Savon Voima Oyj, SMA Mineral Oy, StoraEnso Oyj Varkauden tehtaat, Sumitomo SHI FW Energia Oy and Varkauden Aluelämpö Oy. Savonia University of Applied Sciences, University of Eastern Finland and Navitas Kehitys are the promoters of the ecosystem project. New companies are also welcome to participate in the cluster.

The aim of the North Savo Energy Custer is to improve the opportunities for companies working on energy sector to innovate, take advantage of the services of research institutes, develop products and thereby grow and succeed in international markets as well. In developing and considering the approach between companies and research institutes, the cluster structure was selected based on a pan-European model. The North Savo Energy Cluster will be developed and will operate for the duration of the project “North Savo Energy Technology RDI Ecosystem development” until the end of 2021 within the project. The project will create a strategy, business model and operational process for the cluster and the technical work packages of the project are implemented by the RDI teams.

The establishment of an energy cluster was found to be important and is expected to benefit cooperation between companies, educational institutions, research institutes and other actors in the region and industry, so that all companies can receive the support they need. After the cluster has been established, the North Savo Energy Cluster will be developed as part of the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP).

Marko Luokkanen, Vice President of Andritz Pulp&Paper, Chair of the Steering Group, said at the meeting that the cluster's activities must focus on innovation and the ability to renew and the strength of European networking. Together, we will learn how to make new things, which will increase the attractiveness and image of the region nationally and internationally, and would also attract new experts to employee companies.

CBO Juha Räsänen of Savon Voima Oyj believes that the standard level in the cluster should be set high. Research must be world-class and companies must have the courage to engage in the way in which action is taken. The world is changing all the time, the cluster is a good channel for sharing information, identifying needs, finding solutions and pooling resources. And it is not only about focusing on technological challenges, but also to consider profitability and cost-effectiveness. Markku Huhtinen, Manager of Education and RDI at Savonia University of Applied Sciences, said that companies, especially start-ups, have challenges: How do they go ahead with their own ideas or how to build a pilot facility, for example. Start-ups and SMEs need a network that already has the skills capacity of the sector. In particular, it is important for these companies that there are large companies involved. Companies can also face challenges with energy technology if they do not have the expertise in this in their own company. Joining the energy cluster will also benefit such companies. The newly created North Savo Energy Cluster is led in the early stages by Markku Huhtinen, Manager of Education and RDI at Savonia University of Applied Sciences, coordinator of the project “North Savo Energy Technology RDI Ecosystem Development”.

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The launch of the Energy Cluster North Savo

The decision of the Regional Council of Pohjois-Savo to fund the project with 560.000 euros from the European Regional Development Fund marked the launch of the project on 12 March in Varkaus. Other sponsors include Savonia, University of Eastern Finland, City of Varkaus and the 16 companies engaged in the project.

The key sector in terms of North Savo economy is the machine and energy technology, which is currently undergoing a global transition from centralized fossil energy production to decentralized renewable energy. Therefore, development of environmentally friendly combustion technology, circular economy and production of battery materials, along with RDI services related to the innovation activities in energy technology, are at the core of the project.

The overall goal of the project is to create a research and development body on an industrial scale for the energy sector in the North Savo region. The Energy Cluster North Savo will offer a wide range of services such as measurement, testing, analysis and survey of existing energy transformation processes at different innovation stages in support of businesses in the energy sector. In addition, the project will generate environments for piloting of new product ideas. The operational model and services of the cluster will be developed in collaboration with the participating companies.

Marko Luokkanen, regional manager of Andritz, one of the key actors in the project, considers participation in the development of the ecosystem a significant investment in the future. – By strengthening our development activities, particularly in innovation and collaboration with other actors we ensure our future competence in both energy technology and processes of ecological pulp and power plants, Luokkanen explains. He rates the project as a significant step in boosting collaboration, ensuring continuous high ranking in technology and availability of skilled workforce supplied by the local education institutions. A real win-win opportunity for all participants, Luokkanen rejoices.

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