Aurelia's FUTURBINE -project

EU’s Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme that has ever been introduced. It is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.

Horizon 2020 funding is highly competitive – typically less than 10 % of the applicants receive funding. The process to receive an invitation includes an application, a review and an interview of the submission team. Aurelia’s ability to get this far in the funding process proves that Aurelia’s cutting-edge technology can greatly benefit Europe by providing a unique solution.

EU grant for Aurelia Turbines

Aurelia Turbines has been granted funding by the EU’s Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase 2. The FUTURBINE project started 1.9.2019 and the duration of the project is 2 years.

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The most efficient small gas turbines in the world

Aurelia® A400 is a highly innovative 400 kW gas turbine with 40.2 % electric efficiency, offering the most efficient solution in the market for small-scale processes and the SME industry. In Europe it could result in potential annual energy savings of €18 bn.

Small-scale processes and SME factories are a key part of Europe’s economy and employment, with over 20 million companies, such as dairies, breweries, small chemical facilities and building materials factories. Typically located in small towns or remote areas, they consume over 20 % of the total energy in the EU.

Currently there is no economically feasible decentralised solution in the market for their capacity range (less than 2, 000 kW) and need for high-temperature steam. So, 90 % of these SME factories use inefficient energy systems with high emissions: A400 fills this market gap.

Aurelia’s technology can be used globally in many different applications. Aurelia’s main target markets are commercial and industrial end users who require both electrical power and heat for their processes, as well as those who require steam and/or cooling. Aurelia’s turbines can run on renewable fuels as well as on nonstandard fuels.

What is the aim of the FUTURBINE project?

The aim of the FUTURBINE project is to support Aurelia’s growth strategy by demonstrating and validating the fuel flexibility performance of Aurelia® A400 in an operational environment, by optimizing the company’s value chain and integrator partner model and by continuing commercialization activities for global market entry.

The six work packages

The project is divided into six different work packages and each package is then divided into more detailed task activities. This brings focus, efficiency and deliverables for each work package.

  • WP1: Industrial validation of Aurelia® A400
  • WP2: Aurelia® A400 serial production readiness
  • WP3: Integrator partner model implementation
  • WP4: Commercial readiness
  • WP5: Communication and dissemination
  • WP6: Project management

Project Management Team

  • Legal Entity Appointed Representative: CEO Matti Malkamäki
  • Project coordination, reporting & contact point to EC: Project Manager Maija Mäkinen
  • Financial monitoring and reporting: CFO Janne Pottonen
  • Work package leaders:
    • WP1: Production Operations Manager Lauri Hiltunen
    • WP2: Production Operations Manager Lauri Hiltunen
    • WP3: Commercial Director Tony Hynes
    • WP4: Commercial Director Tony Hynes
    • WP5: Commercial Director TonyHynes
    • WP6: Project Manager Maija Mäkinen

NEWS about the project

October 2019

The project website is opened.

September 2019 Press release of the start of the project.


Aurelia in nutshell


Aurelia Turbines Oy established in 2013 in Lappeenranta, Finland, where the head office and assembly facility are now located.
In the same year we developed the new IRG2-process (Intercooled and Recuperated, Generator on 2 spools) gas turbine cycle in collaboration with Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT).


First investors committed to Aurelia in early 2014.
Prototype development of A400 turbine starts.


Turbine testing well advanced -business development activities were started.
This grew the team in Lappeenranta.
Subsidiary was established in Berlin: Aurelia Turbines GmbH.
Team was enhanced with a commercial department based in the UK.


Aurelia has received its first orders and the first deliveries will follow in 2019.


Aurelia initial geographic focus is in Europe, Russia and North America with plans to expand thereafter.

CEO Matti Malkamäki, Aurelia Turbines

Project Manager Maija Mäkinen, FUTURBINE -project at Aurelia Turbines