VEBIC - Vaasa Energy Business Innovation Centre
VEBIC provides a leading edge international research infrastructure that serves both academic and industrial needs. Internal combustion engine and fuel laboratories are complemented by a multi-disciplinary research platform focused on the wider business and societal impacts of new energy technologies.
Vaasa Energy Business Innovation Centre or VEBIC is a new research and innovation platform hosted by the University of Vaasa. It brings together know how from the research and business communities responding to the global needs of efficient energy production, energy business and sustainable societal development. Energy and sustainable development is one new core focus areas of the University of Vaasa. As an open research infrastructure VEBIC has a central role in realizing the new strategy.
The VEBIC platform includes laboratories and a program for energy and sustainable development research projects. The two laboratories are an internal combustion engine laboratory and a separate but interconnected laboratory for fuel development. Laboratories are located in the new laboratory building in Palosaari campus. The scope of research carried out in VEBIC will cover new energy technology and the impacts of its adoption on business and the wider society. Projects focus, for instance, on renewable fuels, flexible energy production, the electrical systems of engine-driven power plants, on reducing the waste energy and emissions of the energy production, and on the societal and economic issues of the energy sector.
Energy related research that provides solutions for global challenges, national needs and businesses alike
With its VEBIC research infrastructure the University of Vaasa seeks to solidify its position among the international leaders in the field of energy research. The VEBIC serves international and domestic research and education needs of the energy industry and academic institutions. It will also offer a unique open research infrastructure for businesses and other universities.
The Vaasa region is the leading energy technology cluster in the Nordic. In addition to research performers it includes such leading technology firms as ABB, Wärtsilä, Danfoss and some 60 SMEs. One third of Finland's total energy technology export originates from the Vaasa region. The turnover of the energy industry in the region is 4.4 billion Euros out of which the export share is 70 %. Numerous local companies interact actively with VEBIC and they can reap significant advantage from the highly relevant research, development and innovation activities.
VEI specializes in low energy network research related to geoenergy and it offers R&D cooperation and expert services for industrial companies and research institutes. The aim of the research is to use the heat of the Earth, geoenergy, in the most efficient way. To reach this target a geoenergy research and development laboratory will be established next to the University of Vaasa in the near future.
Geoenergy Laboratory & Research
The new laboratory will explore various low energy network technologies (e.g. heat pumps and heat collection pipes) with different heat sources in co-operation with the industry. One of the main tasks of the geoenergy laboratory is to investigate the properties of different heat sources more precisely. Teaching will also be organized at the laboratory.
The low energy network technology of sediment heat was launched successfully at the Vaasa Housing Fair 2008. Utilizing sediment heat with the low energy network technology was developed and demonstrated in Vaasa. The technology has since received interest from within Finland and also abroad. With our research experience and knowledge we aim to improve this renewable energy technology and its economic viability.
Mobile Research Unit & Commissioned Studies
At the moment research is conducted by using a Mobile Research Unit. The unit consists of the following parts: The Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) device and Thermal Response Test (TRT) trailer. The DTS device can be used to measure e.g. the heat transfer in sediment layers and asphalt fields. The TRT trailer tests the thermal conductivity of boreholes. With the help of this equipment, it is possible to conduct commissioned studies anywhere in Finland.
Research Manager Erkki Hiltunen, firstname.lastname@example.org, +358 29 449 8281
Project Researcher Anne Mäkiranta, email@example.com, +358 29 449 8302
Project Researcher Tapio Syrjälä, firstname.lastname@example.org, +358 29 449 8320