Lapland University of Applied Sciences and Lapland education center REDU accomplish together project DUKE – Digital Twins for Leveraging Renewable Energy. The project promotes usage of renewable energies and business based on it in Lapland. It proactively improves the capacity of the operators in the region to meet the energy efficiency directive.

The Duke project explores the needs and opportunities of companies relying on the production and use of renewable energy to take advantage of digital twins. Digital Twin is a virtual version made of a real device, system or other object. It illustrates the operation of the real devices and the related information that is collected over the network by various sensors connected to the devices.

By adding advanced interaction to digital twin with game- and VR-technologies, it is possible to produce versions of objects and systems that are easily accessible via network and have wide range of benefits for different stakeholders: In the digital version, one can learn to use the original object it represents safely, without physical presence. This can lead to savings in building and energy technology companies as well as better results in training, familiarization, fault response and customer Service.

The total cost of the project is 761 732 euros , of which Regional Council of Lapland has granted European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and state funding 609 385 euros. Project is executed 1.1.2020-31.12.2022.