Lappeenranta-Lathi University of Technology (LUT)


LUT University is an innovative university in Finland and organised in three schools: LUT School of Energy Systems, LUT School of Engineering Sciences, LUT School of Business and Management. Education and research at the Department of Electrical Engineering at LUT School of Energy Systems cover the conversion, use and transmission and transport of all forms of energy, the control of energy systems and energy markets. The operations aim at sustainable development, energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources. Electrical engineering issues are resolved by experts from the electricity market, electricity application engineering, digital and control system engineering, and applied electronics. The LUT University strategy sets energy transition at its core (link).

The LUT Solar Economy team, led by Prof. Dr. Christian Breyer, is specialised in energy system modelling on transitions towards highly sustainable energy systems on a local, national, regional, such as European, and global scale. The research covers all energy sectors, such as power, heat, transport, industry, and desalination. Within the industry sector the major energy-intensive industries are considered in more detail. Carbon dioxide removal options are an emerging field in the team’s research. The Solar Economy team published leading edge research on highly renewable energy systems for all major regions in the world, including Europe and various country studies, in the recent years and is gathering broad international attention. The team members are from more than 10 different countries (as of December 2021) from Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. LUT Solar Economy is focused on research on sustainable energy system transitions covering all energy sectors and respective technologies, and related techno-economic analyses.
The scope of the submitted research project is beyond the present activities of LUT, as no net-negative CO₂ emission systems have been studied so far, pathway studies below 1.5°C haven been never studied, timeframes beyond 2050 have not yet been considered in energy system analyses and not a single net-negative CO₂ emission options is implemented in the LUT Energy System Transition Model. The proposed research project is substantially beyond the present activities of LUT.

Prof. Dr. Ing. Christian Breyer

Head of Team

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