Regional Energy System – Vision 2040 Challenge

4 March 2024

The 2024 Students Week, hosted by the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences (FHV), will feature five Short Advanced Programme Challenges.

The ‘Regional Energy System – Vision 2040 Challenge’ is jointly organised by FHV and the Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK).

Energy autonomy or energy self-sufficiency? This is a central question for the future energy system, especially in rural regions of Europe.

In this SAP Challenge, we will take a look at the difference between the two terms and show, using the example of Vorarlberg, that only energy autonomy, but not energy self-sufficiency, can lead to a sustainable energy system.

In short impulse lectures, the students will learn important basics, which they will deepen in a playful approach in group work.

This programme aims to develop a vision for the energy system of Vorarlberg in 2040 and to reflect on its transferability to the regions of the other RUN-EU partners.

Participation is not only open to students from technical courses but also to students from all other disciplines with an interest in energy systems of the future.

The Students Week will allow all RUN-EU students to participate in four more SAP Challenges:

From 2 to 6 September 2024

Face-to-face week
Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences, Dornbirn, Austria

Mode of delivery

Language of instruction

ECTS credits

Academic recognition
To be defined by each Home Institution.
In general terms, most students will have this RUN-EU SAP certified in their diploma supplement, as a minimal condition.

Eligible participants
All RUN-EU students.
Priority is given to the members of the Student Councils in each RUN-EU member university.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this Short Advanced Programme, students will be able to:

  • Identify the necessary building blocks of an energy system.
  • Evaluate supply and demand in regional energy systems.
  • Propose solutions for integrating various technical solutions effectively.
  • Recognise the importance of incorporating non-technical aspects into energy system considerations.

How to apply
Fill in the application form

Deadline for applications
1 April 2024

Selection criteria
Background and motivation (based on 2 questions in the application process).
A maximum of 25 students will be selected for this programme.
The selection team will steps to ensure a diverse group of students.


FHV, Austria
HAMK, Finland

Contact Markus Preißinger at if you have any questions.


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