Research project

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


Project Details

Start date: 01/11/2018

End date: 30/04/2022



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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