Energy technology group Wärtsilä has signed a research agreement on strategic power system modelling with a Finnish university.

The collaboration with Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology (LUT) is intended to understand and develop paths towards 100 per cent renewable energy systems.

LUT University’s solar economy research group will support Wärtsilä’s development work, including providing access to its database of power systems data.

The LUT research team, led by solar economy professor Christian Breyer, has carried out world leading research on modelling the energy transition on an hourly level. This research includes not only electricity generation and storage technologies, but also changes in demand by industries, transportation and cities.

The basis of the research is to show an economically viable pathway to a carbon neutral global energy system by 2050, with electricity as the major energy carrier. By combining this work with that of Wärtsilä, the research is expected to reach a new, and even higher, level.

“The energy sector is changing rapidly and with this collaboration we can build the know-how to lead that change,” said Matti Rautkivi, director of Strategy & Business Development at Wärtsilä Energy Business.

Juha-Matti Saksa of LUT University said: “This is a new step for our innovative university in its international challenger’s role. LUT University is proud to be chosen as Wärtsilä’s partner in this strategic modeling project, and we look forward to working together with them.”