VEBIC laboratories

Fuel-lab, ICE-lab and FREESI-lab

Within the interdisciplinary research platform of VEBIC, the University of Vaasa has uniquely integrated laboratories for boosting future fuels (fuel-lab), combustion engines (ICE-lab) and research for reliable integration of electrical and energy systems (FREESI-lab).

The fuel-lab performs comprehensive liquid fuel analyses from several basic properties to trace elements and oxidation stability. The ICE-lab comprises a medium-speed Wärtsilä 4L20 engine for marine and power plant applications, loaded by an ABB alternator. The test bench uses a Speedgoat model-based control system. An ABB drive enables engine operation at variable speeds. The exhaust system makes it possible to study various exhaust cleaning systems. The large measurement system covers determination of engine performance, combustion analyses, gaseous and particulate emissions, air and exhaust pressures, temperatures and flow rates. The University of Vaasa has also validated in-house and commercial toolchains for simulation of engine and propulsion systems.

The FREESI-lab consists of Protection & Automation & Control-laboratory (PAC) for testing and training the IEC 61850 based protection systems as well as OPAL-RT OP5600 real-time simulator platform, which at present time, enables control hardware in the loop (CHIL) and microgrid modelling. The FREESI-lab is connected to the Sundom SmartGrid living lab (suburban) environment, with twenty IEC61850 data streams feeding data to the VEBIC FREESI–laboratory. The ongoing and future investments into the FREESI-lab will enable the expansion of research activities and cooperation especially in the area of smart and flexible energy systems.

Polttoaine- ja moottorilaboration käyntiosoite

Yliopistoranta 1, 65200 Vaasa

FREESI-laboratorion käyntiosoite

Puuvillakuja 3, 65200 Vaasa

Internal Combustion Engine & Fuel laboratory (ICE-lab & fuel-lab)

Internal Combustion Engine & Fuel laboratory (ICE-lab & fuel-lab)

  • Wärtsilä 4L20 engine for research use
  • Smaller engines, as well, plus large electric equipment
    • Alternators
    • Frequency converters
    • Transformers
    • Gen-set automation system
    • Data acquisition system
  • Fuel laboratory in close cooperation with engine laboratory and regional chemistry laboratories
    • Unique combination of fuel and engine research
wärtsilä engine

Research focus, ICE-lab & fuel-labl

  • Flexible hybrid power generation
  • Fuel flexibility, renewable fuels and blends, combustion
  • Improvement of energy economy and emissions performance
  • Improved electric equipment and automation of engine-driven power plants
  • Validation of new systems
  • Research services for the academic community, companies and research institutes
Workers in the fuel lab

Contact persons, ICE-lab & fuel-lab

Janne Suomela
Janne Suomela

School of Technology and Innovations

  • +358 29 449 8142
  • VEBIC V110
Katriina Sirviö
Katriina Sirviö
Senior Researcher

School of Technology and Innovations, Energy Technology

  • (normalise scandinavian characters)
  • +358 29 449 8616
  • VEBIC V313

Future Reliable Electricity & Energy System Integration laboratory (FREESI-lab)

Future Reliable Electricity & Energy System Integration laboratory (FREESI-lab)

  • Real time simulator (OPAL-RT)
    • DER integration and microgrid studies
    • Protection system testing (IEC 61850)
  • Power electronics and microgrids
    • Converter control studies
    • Currently under construction
  • PAC (protection, automation and communication) lab
    • IEC61850 based communication testing and training
  • Battery cell testing lab
    • Battery characterisation testing capability
    • Neware BTS8000 cell testing equipment (4 channels, 5V and 300A), Control station and data server, Thermal chamber (-10 ᵒC
      to +90 ᵒC)
freesi lab

Keskeiset tutkimusalueet FREESI-laboratoriossa

  • Advanced ICT based protection, fault management and condition monitoring solutions,
  • Cyber – physical security & resiliency, IEC 61850
  • Control of DER inverter interfaces, energy storage applications,
  • Flexibility services, sector coupling
  • Microgrids / energy communities & new market structures
  • Simulation services provided to the companies
  • Development of battery super capacitor equivalent circuit cell performance models
  • Development of aging models
  • Performance of batteries under original operating conditions (i.e. grid and EV vehicle applications)
freesi lab

freesi lab

Contact persons, FREESI-lab

Kimmo Kauhaniemi
Kimmo Kauhaniemi

School of Technology and Innovations, Electrical Engineering

  • +358 29 449 8287
  • Fabriikki F467
Hannu Laaksonen
Hannu Laaksonen

School of Technology and Innovations, Electrical Engineering

  • +358 29 449 8303
  • Fabriikki F471