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Development of materials for emerging energy technologies

Competence

VTT possesses a wide range expertise on different energy conversion processes and applications including biomass, wind, nuclear and fuel cells.VTT materials know-how comprises tailoring of nanostructured materials, functional materials and coatings, materials for harsh environments, biomaterials, natural fibre-based materials as well as monitoring and modelling of material performance in different applications.
Our strength is the combination of basic material science with the application know-how to add value to the customer products and processes.

Challenges

  • Sustainable energy production (and efficient end use) to mitigate climate change
  • Efficiency and durability improvement of renewable energy technologies like biofuels, wind and solar by the application of material science.
  • Energy storage and smart grids for distributed production of development of processes and equipment with improved efficiency.
  • Carbon capture and storage (CCS) for fossil power plants.
  • High temperatures and neutron fluxes in generation 4 fission and nuclear fusion reactors.
  • Durability and cost of efficient end-use technologies, e.g. insulation, heat pumps, heat exchangers
  • Production, transmission, storage and conversion of hydrogen, the ultimate clean fuel.
  • Durability and cost of efficient end use technologies, e.g. insulation, heat pumps, heat exchangers
  • Production, transmission, storage and conversion of hydrogen, the ultimate clean fuel.

Solutions

  • Tailored materials and coatings for biomass and oxyfuel combustion, gasification and pyrolysis.
  • Light weight and adaptable structures and components for arctic and off shore wind power.
  • Nanomaterials for batteries and fuel cells.
  • High strength and low activation steels for light weight structures and nuclear applications.
  • Roll-to-roll processing of photovoltaics, batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells and thermoelectrics.
  • Modelling, monitoring and evaluation of material performance (e.g. corrosion, creep, fatigue, activation) in all the applications.


Additional information

Tarja Laitinen
Principal Scientist
+358 20 722 6482

Tommi Vuorinen
Senior Scientist
+358 20 722 3002

Additional information

Tarja Laitinen
Principal Scientist
+358 20 722 6482

Tommi Vuorinen
Senior Scientist
+358 20 722 3002

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