Moventas certified by Achilles

Moventas certified by Achilles

Mar 27, 2017
Renewables & smart grid
Wind energy

Moventas has been certified for wind turbine gearbox supply and repairs in Europe by Achilles. Achilles is a leading provider of supplier risk management services and it aims to identify, evaluate and pre-qualify suppliers on behalf of the main players in the wind industry.

Certification audit was carried out independently by Achilles South Europe and it provides stringent assurances especially focused on demonstrable compliance with requirements concerning safety, health, quality and the environment. The certification allows Moventas to demonstrate its ability to meet the requirements for the wind turbine gearbox supply and repairs.

“Moventas underwent a rigorous pre-qualification exercise before being awarded Achilles supplier status. We are pleased to announce that Moventas continues being certified by Achilles”, says Pedro Figueiras, Moventas Senior Vice President.

 

Achilles certification is valid until January 2018.


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Moventas

Wind energy


Finns team up with Chinese in winter sports

Finns team up with Chinese in winter sports

Oct 26, 2016
Energy & resource efficiency
Air quality
High-performance buildings

Finnish expertise helps China to unfold all its potential in the snowy fields of winter sports.

In China, following the nomination of Beijing as the host city of the 2022 Winter Olympics, the icy and snowy elements of sports have gained a serious boost in popularity. For example, the Chinese government is hoping for 300 million Chinese citizens to have a hobby in winter sports, before the Olympic torch arrives in Beijing. In addition, there is an official target to build up to 2000 new ice hockey arenas and halls within the same schedule.

As the plans in China are somewhat ambitious, the Finpro-managed Team Finland growth program Beautiful Beijing is connecting Finnish knowledge with Chinese aspirations.

"I believe in these opportunities around winter sports. We have various solutions, technologies and knowledge to entrench the Chinese footing in winter sports," says Mika Finska, Program Director of Beautiful Beijing growth program.

Historically, Finland is one of the most distinguished powerhouses in winter sports, but the Nordic winter-expertise is not only limited to sports performance, as multitude of Finnish companies offer various technologies and solutions for winter sports usage: Among others, the likes of ice hockey rinks, indoor ski tunnels and multipurpose arenas demonstrate the Finnish world-class know-how in the sports related business.

Hockey, of course

Complementing the Finnish winter sports competences is obviously ice hockey. In Finland, there hardly is a sport as popular as the one with ice, skates and a puck.

While Finns have lately had their fair share of ice hockey success, the beauty of hockey is also gaining popularity in China. Just recently, the 2016–2017 Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) season started with the addition of a Beijing-based club Kunlun Red Star.

Finns are actively helping China to further its expertise in terms of hockey. For instance, Helsinki-based KHL team Jokerit has been arranging ice hockey coaching and training services for Chinese players, teams and coaches. Moreover, Jokerit sent its own juniors to showcase their talent in China during the last summer.

The positive results of the collaboration are already cooking up.

"We build bridges between Finnish companies and international partners. So far, the cooperation has opened new business opportunities for our collaborates," comments Jukka Kohonen, CEO of Jokerit.

Next steps: business opportunities and business events with Beijing Winter Olympics and ice hockey

There are various lucrative business opportunities for Finnish cleantech companies in Chinese winter sports markets. Finpro managed Cleantech Finland program organizes various activities in Beijing for Finnish companies in collaboration with Jokerit HC and Helsinki Business Hub in January 2017. Also, 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games is looking for a Finnish architect company to design a Winter Sports Center in the Zhangjiakou area.

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Ledistys

Ledistys is a Finnish cleantech company specialized in manufacturing cost-efficient and long-term LED-lighting solutions for various industries. Our own manufacturing process started in 2015 and today we have 100% focus on manufacturing and developing our own luminaires. Due to domestic production, we are able to design and optimize perfect lighting solutions for each individual customer. We already have hundreds of satisfied customers all over Finland and also in Sweden, Estonia and Mexico.

Essentials

Clients

Agriculture, Construction, Logistics, Engineering companies, Electrical contractors, Retailers/Distributors, real-estates. Basically any industry that requires indoor lighting in spaces with the heights between 2 and 20 meters.

Main markets 

Finland/Domestic, Sweden, Estonia, in the future Central Europe.

Key figures

Turnover : 06/2016: 800 000€  
Growth:  38% from previous year (2015/2016)
Share of exports : Less than 5% of turnover
Employees: 14 (12/2016)


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Ceraheat

Ceraheat Oy is a Finnish high-tech company specialised in development, manufacture, and marketing of high-quality products based on the unique Ceraheat® technology. Ceraheat Oy was founded in 2006; we make use of the owner s three decades-long research work and experience.

The company s philosophy is centered on manufacture of progressive, ecological, safe, and energy- saving products. The product s life cycle and environmental aspects are considered already at the development stage. Ceraheat Oy closely co-operates with Finnish universities and professional associations. Ceraheat Oy is a member of Photonics Finland association.

Essentials

Clients

Building contractors and individual people 

Main markets

Finland and Canada (USA)

Key figures

Turnover: EUR 20 000

Growth: goal (one year 650 %) up to EUR 150.000; (two year ) up to EUR 600.000

Personnel: 2


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New record for renewable energy production in Finland

New record for renewable energy production in Finland

Mar 14, 2017
Energy & resource efficiency
Renewables & smart grid
Bioenergy & biofuels

Finland’s renewable energy production is estimated to have reached over 130 terawatt-hours last year. The biggest increase was in the amount of energy produced from forest industry black liquor and by-products, which made up over 60 percent of total renewable energy.

According to estimates by the Finland’s Energy Authority, renewable energy sources produced more than 130 terawatt-hours of electricity, heat and biofuel for traffic in 2016. Irrespective of the calculation method used, the share of renewable energy of total end consumption is set to exceed 40 percent. This would be a new production record and about five percent more than in the previous year. The biggest increase in renewable energy production came from energy produced from forest industry black liquor and by-products, which made up over 60 percent of total renewable energy.

2020 target is 5.3 terawatt-hours of electricity from forest chips

In Finland, industrial scale use of renewable energy is promoted by the feed-in tariff administered by the Energy Authority. The target is that by the year 2020 forest chips will be used to produce 5.3 terawatt-hours and wind power 6 terawatt-hours of electricity. In 2016, the plants in the feed-in tariff system produced about 2 terawatt-hours of electricity with forest chips and almost 3 terawatt-hours using wind power.

“Our electricity system can cope with this amount of variable production as well as the additional 2 terawatt-hours of production proposed in the climate strategy. Maintaining the security of supply requires some measures, however, both in terms of technological development and market rules. The Energy Authority has increased the peak load capacity, demand-side management is under constant development, and transmission links between Finland and Sweden will be increased,” says Simo Nurmi, Director General of the Energy Authority.

The feed-in tariff system came into force in March 2011. Since then 161 power plants have been accepted in the system, of which 53 are forest chip plants and 103 wind power plants. The system has no specific quota for the number of forest chip plants.

“Finland has become a global leader in the utilization of wood-based biomass for energy production, thanks to our exceptionally strong forest sector and extensive investments in bioenergy R&D&I since the 1980s. We have here a unique platform for bio-based production and partnering,” says Jari Tielinen, Senior Advisor at Finpro’s Invest in Finland unit.

In 2016, a total of EUR 172 million was paid out in feed-in tariff subsidies, of which EUR 34 million went to forest chip plants, EUR 136 million to wind power plants, and the remaining EUR 2 million to firewood and biogas plants.

Source: Invest in Finland

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Norsepower to pilot sail technology on product tankers, taking lead position in competition

Norsepower to pilot sail technology on product tankers, taking lead position in competition

Mar 16, 2017
Energy & resource efficiency
Renewables & smart grid
Marine & shipping

Norsepower’s fuel-efficient technology expected to save approximately 10% in fuel consumption and associated emissions on Maersk tankers.

Norsepower Oy in partnership with Maersk Tankers, The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), and Shell Shipping & Maritime will install and trial Flettner rotor sails onboard a Maersk vessel.

The project will be the first installation of wind-powered energy technology on a product tanker vessel, and will provide insights into fuel savings and operational experience.

Marsk product tanker vessel will be retrofitted with two 30m tall by 5m diameter Norsepower Rotor Sails. Each Rotor Sail is manufactured by applying the latest intelligent lightweight composite sandwich materials offering a simple yet robust hi-tech solution. When wind conditions are favourable, the main engines can be throttled back, providing a net fuel cost and emission savings, while not impacting scheduling.

 

“Together with our partners, we have the opportunity to deploy an innovative technology that can improve fuel efficiency on our LR2 product tanker vessels and help to reduce their environmental impact,” tells Tommy Thomassen, Chief Technical Officer, Maersk Tankers.

Main part of the funding is by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) of UK, with contributions from Maersk Tankers and Norsepower. Shell will be acting as project coordinator, providing operational and terminal / port consultancy and Maersk Tankers will provide technical and operational insight.

“We are privileged and excited to be collaborating with Maersk Tankers, Shell, and the ETI on this project. We are optimistic that support for this trial from these industry leading organisations will open up the market for our technology to a larger number of long-range product tanker vessels,” says Tuomas Riski, CEO, Norsepower.

“At Shell, we believe that innovation and technology are key elements to improving the efficiency and environmental performance of shipping operations. We look forward to using our shipping and technical expertise to support this trial,” comments Karrie Trauth, General Manager, Technology & Innovation, Shell Shipping & Maritime.

The Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution is a modernised version of the Flettner rotor – a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind power to propel a ship.

“Flettner rotors have the potential to reduce ship fuel consumption substantially, especially on tankers and dry bulk carriers. It is one of the few fuel saving technologies that could offer double digit percentage improvements. To date, there has been insufficient full scale demonstration on a suitable ocean going marine vessel to prove the technology benefits and operational impact,” adds Andrew Scott, Programme Manager HDV marine and offshore renewable energy, The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).

The rotor sails will be fitted during the first half of 2018, before undergoing testing and data analysis at sea until the end of 2019. Independent experts will be analysing the data gathered from the project before publishing technical and operational insights, and performance studies.

Norsepower has won Innovation of the Year Award in 2016 Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards.

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Source: Norsepower

 

Companies in the sector

Norsepower Oy Ltd

Marine & shipping


High-Performance Buildings B2B event in Stockholm

High-Performance Buildings B2B event in Stockholm

Energy & resource efficiency
Renewables & smart grid
High-performance buildings
Sweden
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Finpro Organizes a High-Performance Buildings B2B event in Stockholm on 4th May

The Swedish property markets are growing very strong. Construction is back at levels of the 1970’s. There is a shortage of materials and technologies as well as personnel, which creates business opportunities for new entrants to the market.

In cities all over Sweden, large scale urban development projects are being developed. In most of these, ambitious performance requirements have been set up for the building developers in areas such as sustainability, energy efficiency and transport. With 12 000 new homes and 35 000 workplaces, Stockholm Royal Seaport is the largest urban development area in Sweden and one of the largest in Europe.

To meet the important players of Swedish construction and real estate market and to get to know the market opportunities in Sweden, Finpro invites the interested companies to join the B2B event in the Embassy of Finland in Stockholm on Thursday, 04 May 2017.

By attending the event, the companies will have a chance to present their solutions to Swedish property developers, property owners, designers and architects, and have one-on-one discussions with them.

The participation is free of charge, and requires the membership in Finpro's Energy Program. Read more information about the Energy Program from here.

Please indicate your non-binding interest in participating the Stockholm B2B event by using the link below or in the green box next to. We will then contact you for more information about the event and the Energy Program.

Please sign in here

By any questions and inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact:

Petri Lintumäki
Program Manager, High Performance Buildings
Mobile: +358 40 343 3299
petri.lintumaki@finpro.fi

Jonas Granqvist
Advisor, Finpro Sweden
Mobile: +46 76 806 4676
jonas.granqvist@finpro.fi

May 4th - May 4th, 2017

Embassy of Finland, Stockholm

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WE Tech equips Ektanks chemical tankers with innovative technology and reliable solutions

WE Tech equips Ektanks chemical tankers with innovative technology and reliable solutions

Mar 14, 2017
Energy & resource efficiency
Marine & shipping

WE Tech Solutions, a leading energy efficiency solution provider, has received an order to deliver its Permanent Magnet Shaft Generator solution to two new 18600 dwt chemical tankers with an option for another two. The tankers are built by China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) Chengxi Shipyard for the Swedish ship owner Ektank AB. WE Tech’s equipment delivery to Hudong Heavy Machinery Co., Ltd. will commence in October 2017.


 
“The solution from WE Tech is important for us to build the next generation chemical tankers, in terms of energy efficiency and sustainability. These vessels will meet all known future demands from governments, the industry and from our customers”, says Jörgen Johnsson, Managing Director of Ektank AB.

 

WE Tech’s solution is based on variable frequency drive technology (WE DriveTM) and the direct drive Permanent Magnet Shaft Generator. The solution allows the main engine to run at variable speed while the electrical network is generated by the Shaft Generator. Therefore, there is no need to run the auxiliary engines or generators when sailing. This creates tons of fuel savings and reduces operational and maintenance costs. In case the Main Engine is out of operation, the solution uses the Shaft Generator as motor – a reliable and cost-effective Auxiliary Propulsion Drive (APD) to ensure the vessels’ safe return to port.

 

This solution also brings an efficient method to distribute power to bow thrusters and cargo handling system of the tankers. The method is to connect these large electrical consumers’ inverter units to the common DC link of WE DriveTM. Furthermore, when the tankers are in the harbour, the solution allows the use of cleaner shore power. This versatile and flexible solution will save tons of fuel and reduce emissions both at sea and harbour environment.

 

“WE Tech is proud to be a pioneer to supply the most energy efficient solutions. We, as well as our customers, strongly believe that our innovative technology and reliable solutions are the future for the marine industry”, says Martin Andtfolk, Sales Manager of WE Tech.

 

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Source: We Tech

Companies in the sector

WE Tech Solutions

Marine & shipping