Finns takes the win

Engineering Tomorrow Award winners 2017 with Niels B. Christiansen Engineering talents Tommi Reinikka and Roni Luhtala from Tampere University of Technology in Finland receive the second Engineering Tomorrow Award and a prize of 10,000 Euros.

- Friday, 30 June 2017 By

To enable Engineering Tomorrow we need talents for the future. And to encourage and support the engineers of tomorrow, the foundation behind Danfoss, the Bitten and Mads Clausen Foundation, presents a scholarship award worth 10,000 Euros to talented engineering students. 

The Engineering Tomorrow Award is given to students who, through their studies, have shown new ways of working within Danfoss’ growth themes: smart cities, energy efficiency, and grid optimization.

This year, nine projects from three different universities - University of Southern Denmark, Aalborg University and Tampere University of Technology - were nominated. 

The winners are…
The 2017 Engineering Tomorrow Award goes to Tommi Reinikka and Roni Luhtala from Tampere University of Technology for their project: Harmonic resonance. They receive the award for developing techniques to identify and mitigate harmonic resonance instability in grid-connected power electronics systems. Mismatches between the grid and the inverter impedances may cause harmonic resonance, which can lead to instability of the grid. Accurate models of these impedances are required for analyzing grid stability, this years’ winner team explains.
And, naturally, the two young “Finngineers” are proud to receive the prize:
“This is amazing and really came as a surprise to us. We did not expect it at all. However, it is good to know that someone outside the academic world see our projects and recognize the research,” says Tommi Reinikka.
Roni Luthala adds that harmonics is a ‘hot topic’ in the industry at the moment and they both continue their studies within the field and as a team.

The jury
Their project was honored by a jury consisting of CEO Niels B. Christiansen, Chairman Jørgen M. Clausen, Senior VP and Head of HR Lene Reitzel, Senior VP and Head of Corporate Communications Mette Refshauge, Senior VP and Head of Corporate M&A Troels Petersen, and Senior VP and CTO Andre Borouchaki. 

The competition
The Engineering Tomorrow Award was founded last year – then, with a prize of 50,000 Danish kroner. The first winners to take the award were Almir Mehanovic and Emil Rømer, software engineering students at University of Southern Denmark, for their project which applied statistical methods and machine learning to better understand and manage energy consumption in buildings.

If you are an engineer of tomorrow – join our next competition.

All projects need to be uploaded to the registration site – which is open from January 2018. For more information go to

See the two winners from last year and hear how their research has developed. Watch the video here


Engineering the world of Tomorrow

Danfoss engineers advanced technologies that enable us to build a better, smarter and more efficient tomorrow. In the world’s growing cities, we ensure the supply of fresh food and optimal comfort in our homes and offices, while meeting the need for energy efficient infrastructure, connected systems and integrated renewable energy. Our solutions are used in areas such as refrigeration, air conditioning, heating, motor control and mobile machinery. Our innovative engineering dates back to 1933 and today Danfoss holds market-leading positions, employing more than 26,000 and serving customers in more than 100 countries. We are privately held by the founding family.


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