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About Energy academy

Energy Academy is a cooperation model between universities and leading companies in the Vaasa region.

It is designed to increase the appeal of the area to students and graduates as well as to create better connections between working life, RDI and young talents.

We bring together all six universities in Vaasa: University of Vaasa, Vaasa University of Applied Sciences, Novia University of Applied Sciences, Hanken School of Economics, University of Helsinki and Åbo Akademi University. Companies and hubs involved are ABB Oy, Danfoss, EnergyVaasa, Hitachi Energy, Merinova, City of Vaasa, Vaasan Sähkö, VASEK and Wärtsilä Finland.

The model is tightly connected to the Nordic Battery Belt, making Vaasa area an essential link in the sustainable value chain in Finland, Sweden and Norway.

Energy Academy insists on healing the planet for future generations – and making Vaasa a better place to live, study and work.


STHEC Innovation Challenge 2023

STHEC – the Sustainable Technology Hub Ecosystem Challenge – is a 2-day innovation challenge where students solve challenges together in smaller teams. The idea is to connect students, companies and professionals together and offer a showcase of how it is to work in an ecosystem of different players.

STHEC offers students the possibility to network and showcase their capabilities to the companies and hiring managers in the Vaasa region. STHEC 2023 is organised by Wärtsilä in collaboration with Vaasan Sähkö, Wasaline, Hitachi Energy, Danfoss and City of Vaasa.

The challenges this year are:

  • Decarbonisation: Decentralised green energy production
  • Rebuild trust in an unstable environment
  • The future of Energy Academy: A competent and prosperous Vaasa

Read more about STHEC and apply:


Mentoring program takes you towards working life

Mentoring program picture from Hitachi Energy

How to move on to working life after studies? What kind of opportunities do companies offer? What skills should I improve? Among other things, these matters are discussed in the mentoring program that supports students in developing their skill set and preparedness for working life. The next mentoring program starts in December 2022.

Further information: Marika Kuusisto,, p. +35850 335 8700

The next program starts in December 2022.

Read (in Finnish) about the experiences of those who have already participated in the mentoring programme:



STHEC – Smart Technology Hub Ecosystem Challenge 2021

STHEC picture from 13.11.2019, photographed at Wasa Innovation Center.

STHEC – the Smart Technology Hub Ecosystem Challenge – is a 2-day innovation challenge where students on bachelor and masters level get to team up and solve real challenges together in smaller teams. The idea is to connect students, companies and professionals together and offer a showcase of how it is to work in an ecosystem of different players and co-create new solutions together. It furthermore offers great possibilities for networking and for students and companies to get to know each other and show one’s potential.
STHEC was first organized in 2019 by Wärtsilä in collaboration with its partners. You can read more about 2019 year’s STHEC here

This year the event is organized virtually under the umbrella of the Energy Academy. Read more about STHEC and sign up for the challenge on



The goals of the Energy Academy include:

  • Supporting students by being approachable and present in their studies
  • Bringing students and companies closer to each other, from an early stage to support recruiting
  • Increasing interdisciplinary cooperation
  • Making connections between education and work life
  • Reaching mutual understanding between schools and companies on the needs and challenges in the industry
  • Achieving local synergies in attracting and retaining talent

Proud partners of Energy Academy

Hanken School of Economics

University of Helsinki

Vaasa University of Applied Sciences

University of Vaasa

Novia University of Applied Sciences

Åbo Akademi University




Hitachi Energy


City of Vaasa

Vaasan Sähkö


Wärtsilä Finland

Henrik Grénman, professor i kemisk processintensifiering, Patrick Jern, professor i tillämpad psykologi, Magdalena Kmak, professor i folkrätt, särskilt migration och minoritetsforskning och Pamela Slotte, professor i religion och rätt installerades som professorer idag! #åakärlek

All good things must come to an end, so does #EnergyWeek. 5 days of speeches by top experts, numerous talks, encounters, and business negotiations.
💙 🧡 Thank you to all the participants, speakers and exhibitors, see you in Vaasa EnergyWeek again in 📆 March 18-22, 2024!

Mission Possible science day inspired the friends of science with the challenges of the future. Thank you everyone for visiting us! 😍 #univaasa
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Lauri Pulkkinen, Business Development Manager, SMR LOAD & HAUL, Batteries and Chargers, Sandvik continues with a headline

How sustainability can be a sales asset in battery industry?

Otto Kivi, Senior Business Development Specialist, @storaensosuomi continues with sustainable, locally sourced anode material from trees. #energyweek

Markku Kivistö, Head of Industry, Cleantech, Invest in, @BusinessFinland about sustainable solutions combating #climatechange. #energystorage #batteryvaluechain #energyweek

Finland as a pioneer in battery industry sustainability
Jyrki Alkio @Jalkio, Chief Specialist, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment #energystorage #energyweek

Energy Storage seminar asks:
How can sustainability be a sales asset in #batteryindustry?
How will #circulareconomy increase sustainability in battery industry?
What impact does #sustainability for an industry? Starting soon in Music Hall! #energyweek

This is the final day of EnergyWeek 😥. See you in the Vaasa City hall!
🤝 The Nordic Energy Storage (NES), an international networking event focusing on energy storage + seminars
😆 The Energy Academy roasting event starts at 9.30.
👉 #energyweek

Market shaping through innovative organising of networks is key for business transactions towards sustainability, reveals a doctoral dissertation by Rumy Narayan at the University of Vaasa.

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Kestävä kehitys haastaa yritykset – innovatiivinen verkostojen organisointi voi auttaa markkinoiden muokkauksessa, sanoo perjantaina 24.3. #strateginen #johtaminen väittelevä Rumy Narayan.

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A balance between theoretical and practical knowledge helps students understand the relevance of what they’re learning, says University Lecturer Sebastian Godenhjelm. His teaching is underpinned by the idea of listening to students.
@Ope_Aka @sockom1943

Tasapaino teorian ja käytännön välillä auttaa ymmärtämään opitun asian merkityksen, sanoo valtio-opin lehtori ja Opettajien akatemian jäsen Sebastian Godenhjelm. Hänen lähtökohtanaan on opiskelijoiden äänen kuuluminen opetuksessa. @Ope_Aka @sockom1943 

The #EnergySampo panel with Antti Hakala-Ranta @ABBSuomi, Olli-Pekka Aalto @danfoss, Timo Keski-Valkama @hitachienergy, Timo Ala-Heikkilä VEO, Jarmo Saaranen VNT Management, Patrik Malka @wartsilacorp #energyweek

Det behövs en balans mellan det teoretiska och praktiska i undervisningen. Det hjälper studenterna att förstå relevansen i det de lär sig, säger universitetslektor Sebastian Godenhjelm, en av Lärarakademins medlemmar. @Ope_Aka @SebastianGodenh @sockom1943

In #EnergySampo event, on #EnergyWeek day 4, Stefan Damlin @vaasansahko opens the discussion by presenting the EnergySampo objectives and key achievements. Next panel discussion!

EnergySampo ecosystem exists to co-create carbon-neutral energy solutions for a sustainable future. ABB, Danfoss, Hitachi Energy, Vaasan Sähkö, VEO, VMT Capital & Wärtsilä, are all innovative companies with global reach. EnergySampo panel discussion starting 12.30 in Meeting hall

Idag på #NordensDagFI med gäster så som @Haavisto, @NicolaClase @SveAmbFI, Dag Strangnes, Jakob Nymann-Lindegren, Harald Aspelund och @ThomasBlomqvis7 🇫🇮🇸🇪🇩🇰🇳🇴🇮🇸

👋 Don't forget to visit Art hall before noon! Come and meet the different country and company delegations in Meet the neighbors business mingle! #EnergyWeek

Vaasa Gas Exchange seminar just started at #EnergyWeek with @VEBIC_UniVaasa 's Research Programme Manager Karita Luokkanen-Rabetino's presentation "Towards flexible and scalable biogas business through digitally connected #biogas hubs".

76 % of Finns believe science can change our lives for the better, and we agree. Science and education bring us hope and solutions to our problems. What good news about science and education have we had recently? Share it using the tags #ResearchMatters and #Siksitiede

🏆🥂😍 A great #EnergyWeek day yesterday!
Today on Thursday we are talking about gas energy! 📈 The Vaasa Gas Exchange is an international networking event for energy experts, focusing on natural gas and renewable gases in all forms for power generation, transport and shipping.

Tiede ja koulutus tuovat meille jatkuvasti toivoa ja ratkaisuja ongelmiimme. Mitä hyviä uutisia tieteestä ja koulutuksesta olemme saaneet viime aikoina? Mitä on saavutettu, ratkaistu tai opittu? Jaa hyvät uutiset tunnisteilla #SiksiTiede #HyvätUutiset

👋 #EnergyWeek day 4, AND don't forget to visit Art hall TODAY at 9-12AM! Come and meet the different country and company delegations in a Meet the neighbors business mingle, see you there!

Professor Harri Jalonen @jalonen has received the University of Vaasa Science Communication Award. The award was given in recognition of his contribution to the popularisation of science and to societal dialogue.

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Yleisöluento alkaa klo 19:30: Kannattaako kestävyys - miten ympäristöystävällisyys vaikuttaa yritysten taloudelliseen menestykseen? - voit osallistua myös verkossa:

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