The challenges faced by energy research include, in particular, harmonisation of environmental effects and economic edge conditions as well as the optimal use of renewable natural resources for raw materials and energy. Energy solutions are key issues in terms of the present and future well-being of all mankind. Indeed, future energy solutions are significantly affected by their possible effects on human health and well-being.
The Academy of Finland funded the Sustainable Energy (SusEn) Research Programme with 19,3 million euros.
The other national funding agencies of the programme are Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation, Fortum Oyj, UPM-Kymmene Oyj and Neste Oil Oyj.
September 16, 2013: A summary of the Sustainable Energy SusEn -research programme is available.
Aims of the research programme were
- to generate new and innovative scientific knowledge in energy technology, the operation of energy systems and energy efficiency
- to direct research to developing sustainable solutions in energy technology and energy systems, taking into account the environment and health issues
- to develop expertise in energy production, transfer and use; and to develop know-how in identifying future energy systems alternatives and to curbing of climate change
- to create new multidisciplinary research teams and national and international networks in research
- to increase the mobility of doctoral students and researchers
- to improve international competitiveness of research and industry
- to bring Finnish energy research up to international top level in certain research sectors
- to generate visible social impacts
The SusEn programme consisted of the following core themes
- New technologies for energy production
- Effective energy system
- Energy use efficiency
Other national funders were
Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation, Fortum Oyj, UPM-Kymmene Oyj and Neste Oil Oyj.
Internatinal funding partners were
Brasil: Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) Chile: Chilean National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) Iceland: Orkustofnun China: National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Luxemburg: The National Research Fund (FNR) Norway: The Research Council of Norway (RCN) Poland: Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MSHE) Sweden: Swedish Energy Agency (STEM) Germany: Forschungszentrum Jülich (PTJ) Denmark: The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (DASTI) Nordic Energy Research (NER)
The programme was coordinated by Programme Manager Saila Seppo, Academy of Finland