Tallinn University of Technology

Research areas

  • Electrical machines
  • Power systems
  • Fundamentals of electrical engineering
  • Energy economics
  • Power electronics
  • High voltage
  • Mechatronics and autonomous systems
  • Microgrids and metrology, incl. lighting technology

Some R&D Projects

Autonomous driving is no longer just an idea of technology vision, instead a real technical trend all over the world. The continuing development to a further level of autonomy requires more from energy optimization. The optimization of electric propulsion drive systems of self-driving electric vehicles by using autonomous and monitoring sensors are not often discussed. The goal of the proposal is to develop a specialized unsupervised prognosis and control platform for such energy system performance estimation. This goal requires the development of several test platforms and digital twins. A digital twin is composed of three components – the physical entities in the real world, their virtual models, and the connected data/view that ties the two worlds together.
Duration: 01.10.2020 – 31.12.2023


EduFest2023 /11.May 2023

Digital Twin for Propulsion Drive System of Autonomous Electric Vehicle


The objective of this project is to form a Nordic-Baltic cooperation and simulation platform for information exchange and system analysis and provide mobility support for perspective MSc and PhD students, and researchers to increase the knowledge on future power system development and control. The results of the project will be beneficial to researchers, utility and industry engineers, for management persons and for policy makers. The topics covered in the project, but not limited to, are related to transmission system expansion planning, flexible operation of grid-connected microgrids using energy storage option, wide-area control and protection possibilities, real-time modelling and control, system island operation, system synchronization, cyber-physical energy systems, power system stability, integration of wind energy resources, an information exchange platform for enabling ancillary services from distributed energy resources, advanced visualization of voltage stability limit and system protection based on the real-time measurement and data-driven methods for real-time voltage stability assessment.



The project is primarily aimed at counteracting the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the academic education process at technical universities. In accordance with the restrictions and with an aim to prevent spread of the virus many universities made a decision to transfer all studies, including practical classes, at fully online from. Due to that fact that practical classes were either not implemented at all or were carried out in a very narrow and simplified (impractical) manner. The goal of the RELABEMA project will be the development of a set of laboratory exercises in mechatronics and electric drive and their integration into a commonly used e-learning tool, which is the Moodle platform.

TalTech is participating in the development of remote laboratories in the field of Mechatronics



Future-looking network of competencies for emerging education in engineering green industry


Emerging education in the fields of electrical engineering, informatics engineering, ICT and cybersecurity is crucial for addressing the challenges of the Green Deal, initiated by the European Commission. The development of new technologies and systems for transitioning to a green industry requires the preparation of the next generation of professionals and leaders with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to address the complex challenges of sustainable development. The aim of this project is to bring sustainability-focused insights into the study programs of the partner institutions for the sharing of experience, knowledge, best teaching-oriented technology-driven education practices, and achievements in electrical engineering and automation, mechatronics, adaptronics, information and communication technologies, informatics engineering, and cybersecurity that correspond to the needs of the green industry. Within this project, the growth of competencies aimed at meeting the demands of the industry in the Baltic and Nordic regions is expected.



Advanced Computer- Oriented Engineering Technologies and Adaptronics


The overall goal of the project and its partnership is to modernize the existing study programs of the partner institutions following the modern demands for the best mastering of these programs by the students and to fit the needs of the industry. The professional area of all the partner institutions is advanced computer control of electrical technologies, and the neighboring regions apply this knowledge. The critical collaboration activity of the project is the development of a project-oriented learning methodology that is comparatively novel for the study programs of all the partners. For the achievement of this goal, a unique set of existing study courses will be selected for modification. As a fundamental methodology, the project-oriented approach to the studies is selected and integrated into the existing way of learning.



Advanced Approach for Computer Control of Electrical Technologies


Controlling modern industrial systems is exceedingly complex, covering challenges, tasks and creative sides in electrical engineering and automation, information and communication technologies, informatics engineering, digitization, control and security of cyber-physical systems to ensure continuous and sustainable operation of manufacturing industry and beyond. The project will bring opportunities to use the capacity of the best technical universities in Baltic region and allow for joint use of equipment and sharing of expertise and cross-domain ability for students training, professors, and other academic staff visits, development of training material, etc.



Advances in Information, Automation and Electrical Engineering


Industrial revolution encompasses the critical areas for functioning of society where management of information and control of systems depends on communication technologies and automation processes between industry infrastructures. The development of solutions including cyber-physical systems and it security continue to grow together with collaboration between humans and smart systems. The project will bring opportunities to use of capacity of best technical Universities in region and to allow to common use of equipment as well as sharing of expertise and cross domain capacity. The project has priority to strengthen network of digital engineering experts, and generation of new engineers in the region. The second priority is cooperation in education, and exchange of best practice, as well as to organise regional events, beneficiary for all partners. The regular meetings will enhance the quality and relevance of higher education in the partner countries by bringing together education excellence and best practice in the field of the cybersecurity, intelligent communication, energy efficiency enhancement, energy saving and use of renewable sources of energy (declared field) on the base of creation/ modernisation of study content.


Strategic objective of SMAGRINET is to develop a generation of researchers and engineers who are equipped to develop, improve and deploy new energy technologies in order to meet the challenges of the transition to smart grid. Also to create smart grid competence hub for enhancing the capacities of the European universities in energy research, innovation and education and engage with industry, cities, regions and other key societal actors.


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The project is focused on the area of small-scale residential battery storage, which currently lack flexible energy management systems that can enable their effective coordination and optimal utilisation of their potential.  More info