Tag: Finland

Shrimp weapon inspires unbreakable dental crown material

Shrimp weapon inspires unbreakable dental crown material

September 6, 2021 |

In Finland, researchers at VTT Technical Research Center of Finland have created a cellulose-based nanocomposite inspired by the ultra-strong clubs shrimp use to pulverize prey such as clams.  VTT says the material, made from a mixture of birch-cellulose and genetically engineered proteins, can be used to make dental implant crowns. Being stronger but much lighter […]

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The North Face taps Spinnova for wood-based textiles

The North Face taps Spinnova for wood-based textiles

August 23, 2021 |

In Finland, renewable textile firm Spinnova has partnered with The North Face to improve the sustainability profile of outdoor apparel. Spinnova’s fiber is made from wood pulp and boasts lower water and carbon dioxide emissions than other renewable and synthetic textile materials.  “It’s our over-arching goal to build more circular products, constantly develop innovative materials […]

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Stora Enso begins piloting wood-based anode materials

Stora Enso begins piloting wood-based anode materials

July 26, 2021 |

In Finland, forest products maker Stora Enso says its pilot plant for lignin-based battery materials is now online.  Dubbed Lignode, the material is a wood-based carbon that could be used in electric vehicles, consumer electronics, and large-scale energy storage systems. The global battery market is set to grow ten-fold over the next decade.  “With our […]

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Horse world saying “neigh” to cow leather as VTT trots out mushroom alternative 

Horse world saying “neigh” to cow leather as VTT trots out mushroom alternative 

July 12, 2021 |

In Finland, the equestrian industry can barely rein in their excitement as advances in the production of alternative leather made of mushroom could mean greener tack in their future.   Currently, most equestrian gear, such as halters, reins, and saddles, is made from cow hide leather. Work at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland could provide a similarly durable […]

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Fintoil secures green bonds to complete funding for biorefinery project

Fintoil secures green bonds to complete funding for biorefinery project

June 23, 2021 |

In Finland, Fintoil successfully completed the issuance of EUR70 million Senior Secured Green Bond, rated Medium Green by Cicero, combined with a committed EUR10 million Super Senior Revolving Credit Facility. Fintoil has now secured the financing comprising ca. EUR130 million of equity and debt for its biorefinery investment in Hamina, Finland. The investment is now […]

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Valio and St1 create JV to produce biogas from agricultural waste

Valio and St1 create JV to produce biogas from agricultural waste

June 17, 2021 |

In Finland, food company Valio and energy company St1 are establishing a joint venture to produce renewable biogas from dairy farm manure and other agricultural by-products mainly as fuel for heavy-duty transport. The company to be established is targeting up to 1,000 GWh (1 terawatt-hour) of biogas production by 2030; this amount is one third […]

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Wärtsilä to develop synthetic methane project for Vantaa Energy

Wärtsilä to develop synthetic methane project for Vantaa Energy

June 17, 2021 |

In Finland, the technology group Wärtsilä and Finnish utility, Vantaa Energy Ltd, have signed a co-operation agreement for pre-engineering and development of a Power-to-Gas (P2G) plant for Vantaa Energy. The plant planned to be commissioned in 2025 would be the largest in Finland and also the first to produce carbon-neutral, synthetic methane on a commercial […]

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Adidas invests in wood-based textile fiber maker’s IPO

Adidas invests in wood-based textile fiber maker’s IPO

June 14, 2021 |

In Finland, adidas has invested €3 million ($3.65 million) in the initial public offering of Spinnova, a company using wood and agricultural waste to make textile fibers.  Spinnova raised €58 million, and says Adidas has indicated it wants “significant volumes” of the fiber when available. It is building its first facility in Finland with forestry […]

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Treating injury and old age gets greener with biobased orthotics

Treating injury and old age gets greener with biobased orthotics

May 10, 2021 |

In Finland, an orthotics company is producing biodegradable splints made from wood and biopolymers. Onbone, based in Espoo, has 9 patents and 12 pending for its material, trade named Woodcast.  Company CEO Jimmy Takki says the material is particularly well-suited for orthotics. “Only a hairdryer or heat gun is needed to shape the splint so […]

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St1’s Swedish arm acquires E.ON’s biogas company Biofor

St1’s Swedish arm acquires E.ON’s biogas company Biofor

May 4, 2021 |

In Finland, St1 Nordic Oy’s subsidiary St1 Sverige AB has signed a Share Purchase Agreement with E.ON Energilösningar AB to acquire 100% of the shares in E.ON Biofor Sverige AB. The transaction, which is subject to the fulfillment of customary closing conditions and regulatory approval, is expected to be closed by the end of June […]

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