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Research on new energy technologies at Otaniemi Campus was originally initiated at the Department of Engineering Physics (Helsinki University of Technology) in 1979. Early work included solar energy and energy storage. At present, the interest of the New Energy Technologies Group is on advanced and renewable energy systems, in particular nanomaterials for energy devices, systems issues with large-scale renewable energy use, and multidisciplinary energy science.

The current research focus is on solar cells and fuel cells (materials and devices), and sustainable energy innovations and policy (systems). Specific topics include flexible nano-solar cells, nano-composites for low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells, energy-sustainable communities, energy frugality, technology diffusion.

The group is lead by Professor Peter D. Lund. Key people in the group include University Lecturer (Mr.) Janne Halme (solar cells), Research Fellow (Mrs.) Kati Miettunen (solar cells), Research Coordinator (Mr.) Imran Asghar (fuel cells, support), Post-Doc (Mr.) Ghufran Hashmi (solar cells), Visiting Post-Doc (Mrs.) Sonia Patricio (fuel cells), Post-Doc (Mr.) Farid Karimi (sustainable energy technologies and policy). In addition, 8 doctoral students (+4 at VTT) and several B.Sc. and M.Sc-level research assistants are enrolled in the group. International visiting researchers are hosted on regular basis. Docents (adjunct) are Dr. Hannele Holttinen (VTT, wind power) and Dr. Janne Halme (Aalto U, solar energy).

The group is responsible for advanced and renewable energy teaching both on undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels within the PHYS-Programme in Engineering Physics. A specialization package in new energy technologies is provided. The group is also coordinating the Multidisciplinary Energy Sciences M.Sc. minor offered to all Aalto U students.

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Kerttu Aitola

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Imran Asghar

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Farid Elsehrawy

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Research Output

Adhesion of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Thin Films with Different Materials

M Rajanna, P., Luchkin, S., Larionov, K. V., Grebenko, A., Popov, Z. I., Sorokin, P. B., Danilson, M., Bereznev, S., Lund, P. D. & Nasibulin, A. G., 16 Jan 2020, In : The journal of physical chemistry letters. 11, 2, p. 504-509 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Analysis of single-layer and three-layer nanocomposite fuel cells

    Jouttijärvi, S., 2020, Aalto University. 182 p.

    Research output: ThesisDoctoral ThesisCollection of Articles

    Open Access
  • Analyzing the effects of uncertainties on the modelling of low-carbon energy system pathways

    Pilpola, S. & Lund, P., 2020, In : Energy, The International Journal. 201, 117652.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
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    JIangsu Friendship Award and Medal

    Peter Lund (Recipient), 9 Jan 2020

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

    Poster Recognition Award (Nanoenergy 2017)

    Peter Lund (Supervising professor), 21 Jul 2017

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work


    Importance of multidisciplinary thinking in energy transition research

    Peter Lund (Keynote speaker)
    14 May 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote or plenary lecture

    Systemic issues with the energy transition towards carbon neutrality

    Peter Lund (Keynote speaker)
    13 May 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote or plenary lecture


    Peter Lund (Advisor)
    1 May 20201 Jun 2021

    Activity: Consultancy typesAcademic advising