VTT to start harvesting precious metals from waste water with Japanese partner
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 10:30
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Kobelco Eco-Solutions, a Japanese water and waste management company, have started a five-year cooperation to develop technologies for exploiting waste materials in order to produce new, rare raw materials.
The Finnish-Japanese cooperation aims to develop eco-effective technologies for harvesting rare raw materials from waste materials. Certain waste waters, for example, may contain small amounts of precious metals or other scarce materia...
Greenlux Finland goes from strength to strength in Swedish LED market
Monday, March 18, 2013 - 12:45
The Finnish LED lighting manufacturer Greenlux Finland continues to strengthen its position in Sweden. The company has won a contract to deliver 1300 LED luminaries to the parking garage of Tele2 Arena in Stockholm. The deal for the newly-built stadium, situated close to Globen Arena, was highly contested due to the arena’s size and central location.
“This shows that Greenlux’s luminaries have kept their place among the top general LED lighting solutions. In Sweden we have bee...
Gaia’s remittances platform makes renewable energy products available to households in Bolivia
Monday, March 18, 2013 - 12:30
Gaia has established a new business platform in Bolivia that connects remittances, money sent home by emigrants, to affordable renewable energy. The remittance service provides a safe and smart option for emigrants to support their families back home.
Gaia’s new platform combines innovative financing, locally assembled RE goods and results in a major innovative solution for sustainability. Through the service the company can help families in Bolivia to purchase a solar water heate...
Wärtsilä signs five-year maintenance agreement for world’s largest LNG-fuelled passenger ferry
Friday, March 15, 2013 - 16:15
Wärtsilä has signed a five-year maintenance agreement with Finnish ship owner Viking Line for maintaining and servicing the recently launched Viking Grace, the largest passenger ferry ever to operate on liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel.
The agreement covers the four Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel main engines, the Wärtsilä LNGPac gas system's safety valves, and a broad range of other services. The overall target is to extend the intervals between maintenance, to optimize the logistic...
UPM wins Sustainable Biofuels Award for innovative production process
Friday, March 15, 2013 - 15:15
UPM won the Sustainability Award 2013 for Breakthrough Innovation in Technology in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The award was presented by the World Biofuels Markets Congress & Exhibition, which is the largest congress and exhibition focused on biofuels in Europe.
UPM Biofuels received the Sustainable Biofuels Award for developing an innovative, eco-friendly production process for an advanced renewable diesel, UPM BioVerno.
UPM BioVerno is a high-quality transport fuel produce...
Researchers put forward proposals to enhance preconditions for green growth
Friday, March 15, 2013 - 12:15
Green growth is an opportunity for Finland. There are opportunities for green growth in all sectors of society. Successful future actors will be more material- and energy-efficient than their competitors, and they will be able to provide services and products flexibly for a low-carbon society.
According to Prime Minister Katainen's Government Programme, this Government strives for a Finland that is among the world's front runners in environmentally friendly, resource and material-ef...
KONE to equip redeveloped multi-use Kuntsevo Center in Moscow
Friday, March 15, 2013 - 11:45
KONE will provide the new Kuntsevo Center in Moscow, Russia, with 101 pieces of equipment, including elevators, escalators and autowalks.
The redeveloped multi-use complex will rise to a height of up to 75 meters and feature 38 KONE MonoSpace® Special elevators, a KONE TranSys(TM) elevator, 47 KONE TravelMaster(TM) escalators and 14 KONE Travel Master(TM) 115 autowalks. A dumbwaiter with an unusually rapid speed of 0.63 meters per second (compared to a more common 0.3 m/s) will als...
Ruukki launches world's first single-family home solar roof
Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 13:00
Ruukki is the first company in the world to launch a flexibly designed roof for a single-family home to harness solar energy.
Ruukki Classic Solar Thermal Roof improves buildings' energy efficiency by generating energy for domestic hot water and heating. The new product therefore makes a significant cut in home owners' energy bill since domestic hot water accounts for most of the electricity consumption in small-family homes.
"A roof that takes advantage of solar thermal ener...
World’s largest biomass gasification plant inaugurated in Finland
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 12:00
Vaskiluodon Voima Oy has inaugurated the world’s largest biomass gasification plant in Vaasa, Finland. The biomass plant was supplied by Metso.
The Metso-supplied plant is ground-breaking in many ways as this is the first time that biomass gasification is being adopted on such a large scale for replacement of fossil fuels. The bio-gasification plant was constructed as part of the existing coal-fired power plant, and the produced gas will be combusted along with coal in the existin...
VTT has developed biodegradable nappies from recycled cardboard
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 11:00
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a process that enables recycled paper and cardboard to be used as a raw material for nonwovens.
Hygiene and home care products, such as nappies, sanitary towels and cleaning cloths, are among the many items that can be manufactured from the biodegradable nonwovens. The manufacturing costs of cardboard-based nonwovens are around 20% lower than for nonwovens produced from wood raw materials. The forest industry will be among those...