About NERC

The New Energy Research Center Turku (NERC) belongs to the Engineering and Business, A Chemical Industry Unit of Turku University Applied Sciences (TUAS). Our main objective is to develop and evaluate solutions for optimal use of renewable energy sources and energy distribution.

The research activities of NERC focus on e.g. distributed energy production (solar photovoltaic, wind power and bio energy), RES grid integration, new converter technology, electrical energy storage, energy management systems and e-mobility.

Our research group is multidisciplinary and international, and active in both, research and teaching. In our team competences in photovoltaics, wind energy, electrochemical energy storage, power electronics, energy measurement, sustainable mobility and data management come together.  Our members’ different backgrounds are the best ground for creativity and innovation, while many years of experience help us to be agile, reliable and accurate. The wide spectrum of knowledge is a disposal of our students and we also regularly have students working in our projects as assistants, providing them with valuable experience.

Thanks to the support from the management of the engineering and business unit of TUAS, our team is constantly growing. We can also rely on valuable collaboration with other entities of TUAS in technical domains, like ICT, Electrochemistry and Mechanics.


Mr. Samuli Ranta

M.Sc., Research LeaderPhotovoltaic and Control Systems

Ms. Hongyan Liu

Dr. Sc. (Economics & Business Administration) ResearcherClean Energy Transition, Electricity Retail Market, Data Analytics, AI, Agent-based Modeling, Information Systems, Industrial Safety & Environmental Engineering
Miikka Säteri3

Mr. Miikka Säteri

Project EngineerSoftware and Electronics

Mr. Dominique Roggo

M.Sc. ResearcherPower Electronics, Power Quality
Ville Lavonen

Mr. Ville Lavonen

M. Eng. Project EngineerQuality engineering and automation systems
Kaisa Ahonen

Ms. Kaisa Ahonen

Project AssistantElectrical Design and Build
Elina Lundén

Ms. Elina Lundén

Project AssistantDesign and Communication

Mr. Aleksi Heinonen

B.Eng., Project EngineerPhotovoltaic Systems

Mr. Osmo Huhtala

M.Sc., Senior lecturerPower Engineering and Distributed Energy Systems
jori koskinen

Mr. Jori Koskinen

Project AssistantMechanical Engineering
Sami Tuomi

Mr. Sami Tuomi

Project Assistant

Ms. Annika Kunnasvirta

M.Soc.Sc., Project ManagerSustainable Mobility

Mr. Hugo Huerta

M.Sc., Project EngineerData Analysis

Ms. Noora Salmela

M. Sc. Project ManagerSustainable Mobility
Mihkel Majas

Mr. Mihkel Majas

Project AssistantDigital development