University of Vaasa is a multidisciplinary University with approximately 5000 students. The teaching and research activities of the University focus on accounting and finance, management, technology and innovation, as well as marketing and communication.
VEBIC (Vaasa Energy Business Innovation Center) is a multidisciplinary research platform at 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.
FREESI is one of the laboratories operated by VEBIC and it is utilized for various research activities related to Smart Grids and flexible energy resources. The focus is on grid integration of inverter based DER and protection of power systems utilizing also the facilities at the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) laboratory of VEBIC.
The smart grid laboratory FREESI is a collection of related facilities at the Technobothnia joint laboratory hosted by three collaborating higher education institute. The name FREESI comes from the words Future, Reliable, Electricity and Energy Systems Integration, which indicate well the main scope of the active research areas in the laboratory.
The research group has twenty years expertise on power system simulations and the core facilities of the laboratory has been recently upgraded to enable real time HIL simulations. The CHIL facilities support especially the studies of relay protection systems. There is also unique setup of protection, automation and communication (PAC) equipment enabling the training and testing of IEC 61850 based systems. The power electronic facilities allow studies of the control of inverter based DER. The high voltage laboratory have the capability to perform the dielectric insulation breakdown tests, partial discharge investigations, and impulse testing.