PRESS RELEASE 26 September 2012
Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) will establish a solar economy
professorship, which is the first in its research field in Finland. Fortum will
support the start-up of operations with a 75% share for a period of five years,
from 2013 to 2017. The professorship will strengthen LUT’s curriculum in
electricity, energy and environmental technology.
The way Fortum sees it, the energy sector is moving towards a solar economy
that is based on a flexible and efficient energy system and emissions-free
The new professorship will focus on the research and functioning of market
mechanisms related to a solar economy. The goal is to produce knowledge that
enables the increased use of new sustainable energy production forms that
utilises sun's energy directly or indirectly in the most economically viable
”In the development of energy systems, there must be a balanced approach to the
realisation of the EU’s three objectives – competitive, sustainable and secure
energy. The transition to a solar economy requires significant changes also in
energy transmission and distribution, in storage, and in energy use. In
Germany, for example, the 29,000 MW of solar power brought online quickly is a
significant producer of clean electricity, but, at the same time, it is also a
challenge to manage the entire electricity system,” says Professor Olli
Pyrhönen from Lappeenranta University of Technology.
”The new professorship supports our vision towards a solar economy. We need to
move from the traditional energy system into a new for the future. The amount
of renewable energy production is continuously increasing and that creates
challenges to the way the current energy market operates. So we see a need for
education, research and development that takes into account the overall energy
system including also the customers and energy market,” says Fortum’s Per
Langer, Executive Vice President, Fortum.
The long-term goal of Fortum’s research and development efforts is to enable a
sustainable, carbon dioxide-free future for the company. Collaboration with
universities and research facilities is an integral part of Fortum’s research
and development work. The company collaborates with several universities and
colleges in the countries where it has operations.
Jarmo Partanen, Professor, Lappeenranta University of Technology,
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Jouni Keronen, Vice President, Innovation Development and Partnering, Fortum
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generations. We provide sustainable solutions that fulfil the needs for low
emissions, resource efficiency and energy security, and deliver excellent value
to our shareholders. Our activities cover the generation, distribution and
sales of electricity and heat as well as related expert services.
Fortum's operations focus on the Nordic countries, Russia, Poland and the
Baltics. In the future, the integrating European and fast-growing Asian energy
markets provide additional growth opportunities. In 2011, Fortum’s sales
totalled EUR 6.2 billion and comparable operating profit was EUR 1.8 billion.
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