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MetGen's Matti Heikkilä & Spinverse's Laura Koponen on Finnish national tv Huomenta Suomi: wood to replace oil

MetGen's CTO, Matti Heikkilä, and Laura Koponen, Managing Director of Spinverse were on Finnish national tv, Huomenta Suomi, discussing the grand vision: wood to replace oil. In practice wood will be used to produced products, which are currently made from oil, starting with packaging materials. Moreover, the SWEETWOODS project, a consortium of nice European companies,  has received 21M€  of EU-funding with the aim of producing wood-based biomaterials for the first time on an industrial scale. These wood-based materials can be used to replace plastic in various everyday applications.

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Unique bioeconomy project raises 21 million in funding. ”We produce with wood what used to be made with oil”

SWEETWOODS is a 43-million-euro joint pilot project that was recently granted 21 million euros in funding under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme’s Bio-Based Industries financial instrument. Horizon 2020 is the biggest research and innovation programme in the world, supporting the development and introduction of new technologies. SWEETWOODS represented the only flagship project in the bioeconomy sector. The project is implemented through collaborative efforts of nine partner companies.

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LuxTurrim5G helps establish Espoo in the world's top 7 Intelligent Communities of 2018

LuxTurrim5G, the Nokia Bell Labs driven collaborative ecosystem project coordinated by Spinverse, enabled Espoo City to reach the finals of the Intelligent Community of 2018 contest. The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) announced the seven finalists on the 8th of February in New York. The think tank describes the finalists as cities that have done the leap from Smart Cities to Intelligent Communities.

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Customer success-story: Optomed secured 1,97 M€ EU funding for Smartscope-X - affordable, accessible and automatic screening for diabetic retinopathy

In May, the Finnish medical technology company Optomed was granted 1,97 M€ from Horizon 2020 SME Phase 2 instrument under the topic Accelerating market introduction of ICT solutions for Health, Well-Being and Ageing Well. The funding will help Optomed make their product Smartscope-X the leading solution for diabetic retinopathy screening, supporting the company’s vision to provide affordable eye screenings to everyone.

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Finland to become a leader in digital health technology: CleverHealth Network takes off

There is a growing need worldwide for digital health solutions. A new innovation ecosystem coordinated by HUS (The Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa) called CleverHealth Network, brings together the health technology knowhow, healthcare professionals and the precise healthcare data of HUS. The aim of the CleverHealth Network is a turnover of 11 billion euro and export earnings of 7,7 billion euro for the companies in the ecosystem.

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Digitalising forest industry with Siemens and VTT

Does your company have a great product, service or technology that can radically transform the forest industry? Can you spot patterns in data that allow you to draw insights that others are not able to? Would you like to work with a global technology powerhouse, a leading European research and technology organisation, as well as the Nordic leader in open innovation management? Join the Digital Fiber Initiative today!

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The world’s first industrial scale biorefinery plant for producing new 100% bio-based plastic to be built

Vast amounts of plastics are used on a daily basis resulting in heavy impacts on the environment. The groundbreaking PEFerence project provides relief to the situation: applications such as packing materials, plastic bottles, personal and home care products and foil pouches can be produced from bio-based plastic, polyethylenefuranoate (PEF). Specifically, PEF can replace the most commonly used plastic, PET, in e.g. soda bottles and other packaging materials. The world's first industrial scale biorefinery plant, which will be built by the PEFerence project, can also produce other bio-based plastics for e.g. Lego bricks and industrial applications.  The products made of PEF will significantly help to replace fossil-based packaging materials and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Spinverse leads the project management of PEFerence, which has been awarded with 25M€ from European Joint Undertaking on Bio-Based Industries (BBI).

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The results of the IP4Plasma project: plasma technology innovations for medical products

The EU project IP4Plasma reached its finish line in the beginning of 2017 after three years of research and development. In the project, plasma equipment manufacturers and end-users worked with leading experts in research and technology innovation to bring cutting-edge IPR-protected innovations from the laboratory scale to industrial implementation for advanced surface treatment of materials. The project results are remarkable and include an advanced tuberculosis test, the development of a HIV detection test. new types of wound dressings with antibacterial properties and an improved sealing method for medical packaging.

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In the news: Spinverse's client to power Viking Line Cruise Ferry with wind

Kauppalehti - a leading Finnish language commerce-oriented newspaper - had just covered major development of one of the Spinverse's clients - Norsepower Oy Ltd. The company announced its agreement to install a rotor sail solution onboard of a Viking Line’s cruise ferry. This deal heralds the world’s first liquefied natural gas/wind electric propulsion hybrid passenger traffic ship.

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Spinverse's client Elastopoli scales up the production in Rauma

Elastopoli is breaking ground with its tougher-than-plastic biocomposite solution. The first production line for the AqvaComp biocomposite is already being manufactured at the company's headquarters in Sastamala. From there the line will be transferred next to Metsä Fibre's new pulp factory at Rauma. The production at the plant is planned to start in the beginning of 2017.

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The latest success story: Finnish SME is making indoor worlds discoverable with EU funding

Spinverse is delighted to make known yet another customer success story: Finnish company IndoorAtlas secured Horizon2020 SME Instrument financing to scale-up and expand the disruptive geomagnetic indoor positioning technology delivered as a scalable cloud platform.

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The latest success story: Using wind to save fuel in the global maritime industry. Finnish SME secures European funding

Shipping companies are actively looking for solutions to reduce fuel consumption and environmental emissions of vessels, particularly due to the recent fuel price instability as well as the forthcoming environmental regulations. Spinverse customer Norsepower is ready to address this challenge utilising new technology, advanced materials and leading-edge control system.

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In the news: Pekka Koponen and Carl Haglund are building a billion-euro biorefinery in Kemi. Despite the skeptics

Talouselämä - a Finnish language weekly financial and business magazine - has just published a multi-page article (in Finnish) covering recent developments on the Kaidi Finland's biorefinery large scale investment project.

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Kaidi Finland receives nearly 90 M€ of EU funding for Kemi biofuel refinery

The European Commission has decided to grant EUR 88,5 million of NER 300 investment subsidies for the biofuel refinery planned by Kaidi in Ajos, Kemi. NER 300 is one of the world's largest funding programmes for innovative low-carbon energy demonstration projects. The application was prepared by Spinverse.

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Connected by the Baltic Sea: bringing Helsinki and Tallinn closer with EU funding

FinEst Smart Mobility project strengthens links between Helsinki and Tallinn with the funding from Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020. By piloting smart solutions that will reduce the travel time between the two capitals, as well as by contributing to open data and open source enablers, the project aims to drive towards sustainable innovations in the Baltic Sea region.

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