LUT Green Campus deploys Nokia digital automation technology

Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and Nokia are creating a research LTE network on the LUT campus. Initially, the network will be connected to the research and education environment of the LUT Green Campus and will function as a research and testing platform for Internet of Things applications and smart grids to initiate the journey towards 5G technology.

The objective is to study the use of advanced wireless technology to control future energy systems and transfer data in them. Nokia's network solution enables the wireless monitoring and control of Green Campus system components.

The Green Campus includes wind and solar power plants, energy storage solutions, a hydrogen production unit, and charging stations for electric cars, which will all be connected to the closed network. The system thus further enhances the internationally awarded LUT Green Campus, which tests clean energy technologies in real time.

"The LUT campus is taking a leap into the wireless era. When we connect the Nokia automation cloud to our Green Campus devices, we will help Nokia test the network's applicability to distributed electricity production. A wide range of devices can be connected to the network, and we will be able to determine its reliability, accessibility and security," says Professor Olli Pyrhönen, LUT Electrical Engineering.

Internet of Things in the spotlight

By studying the novel cloud solution, LUT's researchers aim to find out what telecommunications technologies have to offer that's new. In addition, digital automation merges information technology with the control of distributed energy systems.

"Testing the wireless LTE network supports LUT's further specialisation in the Internet of Things or the IoT: we recently hired an associate professor in the field of IoT, Pedro Nardelli," Professor Pyrhönen elaborates.

Distributed energy production increases the need for information transfer. For example, battery storage solutions require real-time control in the real-time maintenance of the efficiency balance and electricity trading. The private network created by Nokia enables the real-time testing of how the Green Campus battery storage can be utilised in the management of the electric grid balance.

The network also allows practicing the demand response in household energy consumption by giving wireless commands to devices. In fact, LUT wants to study the range of possibilities provided by a network with a nearly unlimited capacity and short delay.

"If for instance an electric car is connected to a wireless information transfer network, the car could be instructed when to charge its battery and when not to. Information can be transferred wirelessly even though electric power transfer requires a cable. Also vehicle recognition and invoicing could take place through a wireless network. Systems with wireless technologies are more cost efficient than information transfer solutions based on cables," explains Pyrhönen.

"We welcome initiatives where boundaries are challenged and creative ways of utilising technology are concepted and tested. We embrace digital transformation through ubiquitous connectivity for people and machines to drive agility, collaboration, efficiency, innovation, and customer experience. Our digital automation solution has great potential for accelerating the adoption of green energy," says Stephan Litjens, General Manager, Digital Automation, Nokia.


Additional information:

Olli Pyrhönen, Professor, Electrical Engineering, LUT,, +358 40 516 6411, +358 (0)10 448 4900