Searching for energy alternatives
Helsinki – The Academy of Finland started its Sustainable Energy Research Programme (SusEn) in January. Running until 2011, the programme aims to generate new and innovative scientific knowledge in energy technology, energy systems and energy efficiency as well as aiding in the development of sustainable solutions and know-how in identifying future energy system alternatives.
In total, the Academy provides EUR9.5 m to more than 20 projects in a wide range of topics, including exploring new ways for biomass-based energy and decomposition of wood, incentive strategies for the bioenergy market, and research into solar and nuclear energy systems. The majority of the projects have a national focus, but some are transnational collaborations with extra funding from other agencies.
A consortium headed by Researcher Timo Tamminen from Finland’s enviromental administration, for example, is committed to researching the optimisation of lipid production by algae for bio-diesel production (ALGISEL). Within the team are Finish reseachers from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, as well as colleagues from the University of Oslo, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the Ludwig Maximilians University in Germany and the Icelandic Energy Research Institute.