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Description: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is a globally networked multi-technological contract research organization. VTT provides high-end technology solutions and innovation services that enhance the customers’ competitiveness, thereby creating prerequisites for society’s sustainable development, employment, and wellbeing.
The ICT and 5G testing facilities at VTT have been improved in 2018-2019 by commissioning a 5G test environment at the MultiPower laboratory including several test networks and communication emulators, remote interconnection to the Oulu smart grid laboratory and automated remote control of distant 300 kW loads. Additionally, DC grid interface for residential customers, weather station adjacent to the PV station and continuously controlled load bank have been commissioned at MultiPower. The control system is based on IEC61850 with GOOSE communication and other standard features. Time synchronization has been enhanced by installing a fiber connection to the atomic clocks at VTT MIKES, the National Metrology Institute of Finland, providing the UTC maintained by Finland.

Technology Focus Areas:

  • Applied material
  • Bio- and chemical processes
  • Energy
  • Industrial systems management
  • Information and communication technologies
  • Microtechnologies and electronics
  • Services and the built environment
  • Business and innovation research
Facilities
Electric vehicle and battery laboratory

Description: VTT has increased the operations in its vehicle laboratory in Espoo, Finland, to meet the development needs of electric vehicles. The new power supply unit mounted is capable of both simulating the battery system of a heavy electric vehicle and performing full-scale battery chargedischarge cycles. In addition, a totally new battery laboratory was opened in September 2012. It concentrates on measuring the performance of battery cells, modules, and complete energy storage systems for electric vehicles in a repeatable manner under variable controlled circumstances for different standardised and application-specific duty cycles. Electric vehicles and their powertrain can be studied in both laboratories jointly as an entity, including electric motors, electronics and batteries.

Static Equipment
Battery testing equipment

Description: Equipment for various testing of batteries. Circumstances like temperatures and charging profiles can be adjusted.

MultiPower

Description: MultiPower is a national empirical research environment where new technical solutions and products for distributed energy system can be tested in a multifunctional environment. There are several independent testing facilities connected together so that the environment may cover production, control and loading concepts. Research infrastructure for DER and other testing activities at VTT is called MultiPower system. The unit fromm MultiPower 100 kVA can be connected in parallel with a 1,6 MVA diesel generator and up to 1,7 MW resistor load into an internal island network. Connection to 20 kV network is possible, loading up to 200 kVA. The 1,6 MVA generator will act as a rigid network to which the other generating or consuming e. g. 100 kVA units can be synchronized.
Technical specifications (PDF)

Static Equipment
Controllable loads

Description: 200 kW resistive loads, 55 kVAr inductive load.

Converter drive with diesel engine

Description: 755 kVA converter drive with diesel engine as primary energy resource. IGBT converter with wide control possibilities. Connected at laboratory LV grid or public MV grid via dedicated trasnformer. Suitable for emulating wind power or other form of energy based on measurements.

Diesel generator

Description: 60 kW

Comap Laboratory SCADA

Description: Laboratory control system for measurements and controls of MultiPower laboratory.

Micro turbine

Description: 100 kVA, connection and control by a frequency converter, the heat energy is conducted into the district heating system.

Mobile Equipment
Measurement devices

Description: Various devices for measurements and data reading within Multipower infrastructure. Movable according to the test needed.

Polymer solar cell processing facility

Description: VTT has invested and developed several roll-to-roll (R2R) pilot production machines for processing of organic photovoltaics (OPV) in form of polymer solar cells.
Technical specifications (PDF)

Static Equipment
Inert atmosphere pilot production machine

Description: Developed in FACESS-project (FP7-ICT-2007-1-215271). Machine includes 3 printing units (2 gravure, rotary screen) for material deposition, hot air dryers and laminator. Machine can be operated under nitrogen or argon gas.

Laboratory scale table top printing machines

Description: Available for material and substrate testing before entering to pilot machines. Characterization equipments include white light and mechanical profilometers and SEM. IV and PCE measurements can be done under AM1.5 reference.

PICO pilot production machine

Description: Includes 2 gravure printing units for thin film printing, R2R thermal nanoimprinting unit for nano structuring of polymer layers. For drying purposes the machine has thermal, UV and IR drying units. Substrate post treatment can be post processed using corona treatment. For encapsulation machine has laminator.

ROKO pilot production machine

Description: Has four replaceable printing units. A desired combination of printing units can be built up using forward- or reverse gravure, flexography and rotary screen units. Material drying is done using thermal or UV drying. A corona unit exists for substrate post treatment. The machine has also etching process for metals and ITO.

Quality Management

All laboratories are certified according to ISO9001:2008

last updated: 30.10.2019

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