Energy efficiency and renewable energy in road transport
The programme serves as a platform for integrated evaluation and development of energy and emission control solutions for the road transport sector. The programme will further strengthen VTT’s position in the research, development and deployment of new energy solutions for the transport sector. In this work, VTT is actively cooperating with both domestic and international research organisations.
From VTT’s viewpoint, the programme functions on four levels. On the upper level, the programme provides the public sector with tools for strategic decision making. On the system level, the programme strengthens VTT’s position as one of the key players in research on, e.g., renewable energy and transport systems. As for interface technologies, the programme combines, among other things, knowledge in information technology as well as materials sciences with energy savings in transport. On the technology and component level, the programme develops information technology for the transport sector, biofuels optimised for Finnish conditions and technology for reducing vehicles’ fuel consumption. Development of heavy-duty hybrid vehicles is one example of vehicle technology-related activities. The focus of the research programme is on applied research and demonstrations.
The programme provides a tool for adapting the Finnish road transport system to national and EU level climate and energy targets in a cost-effective way. The data generated within the programme will be used as input in the process of drafting and implementing EU directives, for the selection and implementation of the energy pathways most suitable for Finland, and for supporting technology exportation. On the technical level, the key targets are energy savings in transport, implementation of CO2 neutral energy and increasing self-sufficiency in transport energy supply. The programme is being extensively supported by the public sector (ministries and agencies) as well as by industry.
Research Professor, Programme Manager
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