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The Rise of the Drone: Using drones for biomass emissions tracing in Finland

Bioenergy – a renewable energy derived from biomass – is playing a vital role in many geographical areas. Currently, it is estimated to provide around 10% of the world’s primary energy supply.
In accordance with a global trend, Finland is acknowledged for its long and successful history in bioenergy, especially in forest biomass-based solutions. The high performance in turn has been enabled by innovative technology and engineering solutions as well as strong supporting research sector.

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Spinverse coordinates Kaidi’s plans for a significant foreign investment to Finland: one billion euro for a new biofuel refinery

Spinverse advises Kaidi, one of China’s leading renewable energy producers, to plan a biofuel refinery investment project, an investment of one billion euros to Finland. The second generation biofuel refinery is planned to be built in Ajos, Kemi. The technology used in the biorefinery is globally unique and the planned facility will prove that high-quality biodiesel can be produced from woody biomass.

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IP4Plasma e-learning courses now open online for everyone interested in plasma technology

The IP4Plasma project, funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme, aims to enable industrial innovations based on unique IP assets in plasma technology. During the project two e-learning courses have been designed and developed. One course is on “Basic facts on the fourth state of matter and its technical use” and the other on “Atmospheric pressure plasma surface treatment processes – facts and aspects interesting for managers”.

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FIMECC’S Industry-led Doctoral School Digitalizes Material Science

FIMECC’s Breakthrough Materials Doctoral School presented its latest results at the Manufacturing Performance Days (MPD) event in Tampere on June 10. This intensive research collaboration which already involves 37 doctoral works sets special focus on multiscale modelling and so called integrated computational materials engineering (ICME). New digital tools are used to build comprehensive understanding and to control material properties from microstructure to product design. This will speed up the product development and greatly improve the predictability of product endurance in demanding industrial applications.

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Printed Intelligence in Finland – From Roll to Business

Printed intelligence in Finland focuses on cost and energy efficient roll-to-roll manufacturing, advanced scalable materials and creation of new business.
The key is to combine materials and processing know-how with applications such as smart packaging, diagnostics, organic electronics, organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), lighting and solar cells. These provide important enablers for the critical needs of flexible and organic electronics – already today.

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Two Finnish SME’s to receive funding from EU SME Instrument

The October 2014 round of the SME instrument funding saw two Phase 2 grants being given to Finnish companies. The SME instrument, launched under the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union, aims to support innovative Small- or Medium-sized Enterprises to gain competitive edge in their aspirations to accelerate the exploitation of their innovations, and to expand their business. According to the EU, the SME instrument is a simpler and more easily accessible funding scheme for SMEs in the Horizon 2020 programme. However, the competition is tight: less than 15 % of all the proposals get funded. “A successful application requires a strong focus on the business opportunity, high level of innovation, and a well written application”, says Dr. Pirjo Pasanen, a certified EU consultant from Spinverse.

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Two top product developers to receive CTO of the Year 2015 award

Helsinki - February the 4th, 2015. Juha Inberg from Ponsse Plc and Jussi Pyörre from Eniram Oy have been chosen as the recipients of the CTO of the Year 2015 award. The award recognises chief technology officers who through their work have added value to their companies’ technological expertise and growth potential, are inspiring leaders and have an active role in societal networks. This is the fifth time that Technology Academy Finland (TAF), Sitra and Spinverse Oy are giving the CTO of the Year award.

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Verkotan Oy to continue the wireless performance testing laboratory business in Oulu, Finland

(Helsinki, 23rd January 2015, 9:00 AM) – Microsoft Mobile Oy and Verkotan Oy have agreed to continue the operations of the mobile equipment testing laboratories in Oulu, Finland as an independent company that offers outsourced testing services to mobile equipment manufacturers and network operators. Verkotan Oy starts the business with funding from Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, in the framework of the Innovation Mill program.

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Indicatorium to commercialise UPM's food freshness indicator innovation

(UPM, Helsinki, 18.12.2014 at 11:30) - UPM and Indicatorium Oy have entered into an agreement for the international commercialisation of the food freshness indicator technology developed by UPM. Food freshness indicator is a smart label that reacts to certain chemicals and helps to determine whether a food product is still fresh and safe to eat. Indicatorium is aiming to introduce food freshness indicator to the global markets. Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation will finance the initial stage of the project.

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FIMECC DEMAPP programme managed by Spinverse - Effective industry-driven PPP achieved great results with high impact

The industry-driven PPP, public-private partnership programme, FIMECC DEMAPP has created a unique competence platform and a variety of concrete energy, materials and cost-effective solutions boosting the competitiveness of the metals, engineering and cleantech industries. Focusing on need-based, application-driven R&D of advanced materials for extreme service conditions the programme has provided great results, both in terms of scientific novelty and high industrial impact, which were presented in the final seminar in September 30, 2014 at Kino Tapiola, Espoo, Finland.

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