Research project

Energy-efficient systems based on renewable energy for Arctic conditions (EFREA)


Project Details
Start date: 01/11/2018
End date: 31/10/2021

Other International


The project aims to improve cross-border institutional framework with the aim to
increase the level of knowledge, innovative potential and lifelong learning in
the Arctic technology and develop guidelines, recommendations and educational
materials on implementation of lightweight energy-independent, robust,
environmentally safe and cost-effective structures able to operate in the
extreme temperatures encountered in the Arctic and in other comparable areas.
Lead partner of the project is Lappeenranta University of Technology, and other partners are Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (RUS) and Federal State Unitary Enterprise
Central Research Institute of Structural Materials Prometey (RUS). It is a
common tendency nowadays that technology
for the Arctic is developed in technological clusters, which are located
elsewhere. Examples of this could be South Korea, Singapore and
Norway, these countries are not located in the Arctic, but they have high level
of technology for the Arctic conditions. Our program area is an emerging
cluster for Arctic technology development, which utilizes extensive Finnish and
Russian experience and have high scientific competence and technical knowledge.
To remain competitive in the field of Arctic energy engineering, strong
cross-border cooperation is needed and institutional frameworks should be
established. The project will assess the usability of new high-strength
materials, applicability of advanced welding methods, welding process control
methods, material selection and the suitability of non-destructive and
destructive testing methods. Developments in Arctic technology and structural
engineering will contribute to the safety and reliability of infrastructural
facilities, improve transportation, and reduce the environmental impact of
operations in the Arctic region. Recent technological advances in these areas,
which are part of the cooperation partners’ expertise, may bring considerable
improvements beneficial to Finland, Russia and other Arctic nations. The project plans
to utilize some of the results of previous ENPI project “Arctic Materials
Technology Development” (LUT, FSUE CRISM Prometey). The project specific
objectives are to educate students and company employers in the field of arctic
engineering by using blended learning (interactive online tool, lectures,
academic mobility and seminars); and to increase scientific
knowledge and develop new technology for Arctic structures (wind energy related
and other) by developing guidelines and recommendations for the manufacturing
methods. The results of the project will be incorporated in new educational
curricula, academic publications and knowledge exchange programmes.

Arctic engineering, high-strength steels, welding, underwater welding, structures, testing of materials, NDT and DT tests, renewable energy structures, energy

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