Research and development
The main tasks of research, development and innovation (RDI) activities at Fingrid are:
We promote the changing of company culture towards a more innovative working community and better preparedness for future changes.
We carry out research and development in cooperation with stakeholders, and adopt new solutions applicable to the company's targets.
RDI activities are coordinated by iTiimi, whose tasks are divided into four areas:
At Fingrid, the best ideas are refined either directly or via R&D projects into improved operating models, new methods or services. In addition to ideas from our personnel, we are also happy to hear proposals and suggestions for development from outside Fingrid.
The annual volume of research and development projects has been between two and four million euros. Only a third of the projects are carried out by us; external work is divided between universities, research institutions, consultants and other operators. Our R&D portfolio contains around 50–70 projects among our R&D focus areas. Current R&D focus areas, grouped according to the headings, are presented here.
R&D activities also have a significant role in maintaining and developing industry expertise.
Synergy benefits from cooperation
Customers and stakeholders are important partners for Fingrid as the enablers of various pilot and demonstration projects. They also give us valuable ideas for operational development. Furthermore, cooperation with different service providers and start-up companies creates the best kind of synergy: for companies, the opportunity for generating new business and piloting their innovations in a real environment and with real data, and for Fingrid, the opportunity to acquire the methods and services it needs on the strongest possible market basis.
We receive numerous ideas each year from our service providers for grid construction and maintenance development. With the help of ideas and research projects, we strive to continuously improve things like occupational safety and cost efficiency.
Universities, research institutions and other educational establishments have an important role as research experts for the industry and developers of expertise in general. Furthermore, R&D activities with their present level and extent would not be possible without the resources they provide.
R&D cooperation with Nordic transmission system operators enables joint-Nordic research projects into solutions to shared challenges. Coordination for Nordic R&D activities is the responsibility of the Nordic R&D group with representatives from all Nordic countries. We participate in European research cooperation through ENTSO-E's Research and Development Committee. Joint-European research needs for the next ten-year period have been collected in ENTSO-E's R&D roadmap.