​Finland is ranked the world’s 2nd most innovative cleantech country

​Finland is ranked the world’s 2nd most innovative cleantech country

Jun 13, 2017
Energy & resource efficiency
Renewables & smart grid
Bioenergy & biofuels

Finland is ranked as a world leading cleantech country in the 2017 Global Innovation Index. Finland retains 2nd place from 2014 in Cleantech Group and WWF's prestigious ranking of the most innovative cleantech countries. Overall Nordic countries dominate the 2017 Index, with Finland landing in between the leader Denmark and 3rd placed Sweden. 

Time and again Finland has proven to be one of the most innovative countries in the world. Finland was ranked 5th in the 2016 Global Innovation Index and 3rd in 2016 European Innovation Scoreboard while the new Global Innovation Index shows that Finland truly is a world leader in cleantech innovation. Finland was also selected as the greenest coutry in the world in 2016

Finland scores high in cleantech R&D and funding

One of Finland’s innovation cornerstones has been the country’s focus on R&D, which is also highlighted among key factors in the 2017 Index. Other Finnish strong points in the Index include Finland’s booming cleantech startup scene, the availability of funding, amount of renewable energy jobs, and M&A activity. 

Conversely, Finland has still ground to cover in attracting renewable energy investments while also cleantech imports and exports have a relatively low score.

2017 Global Innovation Index top 10 (2014 ranking)

1. Denmark (5)
2. Finland (2)
3. Sweden (4)
4. Canada (7)
5. USA (3)
6. Israel (1)
7. UK (6)
8. Germany (9)
9. Norway (14)
10. Switzerland (8) 

Source: Cleantech Group

Companies in the sector


Funding opportunities in the developing markets

Funding opportunities in the developing markets

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Many small and medium-sized companies have the potential to expand their operations in the developing markets, but they might lack the knowledge of the funding opportunities available for them. Nordic Development Fund, Finpro and Sitra invite you to hear more about different funding mechanisms that are offered to Finnish companies who provide green, sustainable solutions and products for the developing markets.

The four-hour event will take place at the Team Finland house in Helsinki on 17 August. During the event, you will have the chance to learn about the funding instruments as well as have one-on-one talks with the representatives of the funding organizations.

Draft agenda:

8:45-9:00             Registration

9:00-9:15             Welcoming words

Pasi Hellman, Nordic Development Fund & Helena Sarén, Finpro

9:15-9:30             Introducing the participants

9:30-10:00          The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra

Introduction to the topic. Sitra is a future fund that collaborates with partners from different sectors to research, trial and implement bold new ideas that shape the future. Our aim is a Finland that succeeds as a pioneer in sustainable well-being.

10:00-10:15        Nordic Climate Facility by Nordic Development Fund

Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) is a challenge fund that finances innovative climate change projects in developing markets. NCF's 7th call for proposals with the theme "Climate as Business" will open soon.
NCF is financed and administered by the Nordic Development Fund, a development and climate finance institution established by the Nordic countries.

10:15-10:30        Nordic Project Fund – Nopef

Nordic Project Fund (Nopef) finances feasibility studies related to green growth and sustainable development in countries outside EU/Efta for Nordic small and medium-sized companies.

10:30-10:45        Finnpartnership and Finnfund

Finnpartnership provides financial support for the planning, development and training phases of projects aiming at establishing commercial activity in the developing countries. Finnfund provides long-term risk capital for profitable and sustainable projects in the developing countries.

10:45-11:00        Finnvera

Finnvera offers financing such as loans and guarantees to support exports.

11:00-11:15       Coffee break

11:15-11:30        Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Project Investment Facility (PIF) supports public sector investments with significant development impacts.

11:30-12:00        Tekes/Finpro – Smart Energy funding program and Energy Growth Program

Smart Energy is a national Team Finland program managed by Tekes and Finpro. It supports the role of Finland as forerunner and testbed of smart energy solutions.

Energy Growth Program helps the Finnish companies to seize the identified business opportunities in the energy sector around the world.

12:00-13:00        One-on-one talks with the representatives

We encourage especially SMEs to utilize this opportunity to learn more and connect with the relevant funding organizations.

The participation for the event is free of charge, but due to the limited seats available, you need to sign up for the event via this link.

The event will be held both in Finnish and in English.

More information about the event:

Johanna Zilliacus

johanna.zilliacus@ndf.fi

Tel. +358 10 618 0457 (direct)

Mobile +358 50 413 8608

Taru Suojaranta

taru.suojaranta@finpro.fi

Mobile +358 50 351 9722

Aug 17th, 2017

Team Finland house

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Elozo

Elozo® develops clean technology products and solutions, for professional, public and home usage, to satisfy our ever-growing demand for safer and healthier surroundings.

We utilise our innovative systems such as enhanced Active Oxygen, Multi Negative Ionisation, and various other technologies to assist individuals, businesses and organisations in improving health and comfort within their immediate and daily environment, at the same time reducing unnecessary expenses and with emissions.

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Clients

More than 100 European Theatres and Operas, Law Enforcement, Hospitals, Fire and Rescue, Food industry, Cruise Ships, Hotels and TV

Main markets

Europe, expanding in Asia and North America

Key figures

Turnover: 2017 expected EUR 500 k
Growth: 150% from previous year
Share of exports: 80 %
Employees: 60
 


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Merus Power secured the operational reliability of two of the UK’s leading food processing plants

Merus Power secured the operational reliability of two of the UK’s leading food processing plants

Jun 27, 2017
Energy & resource efficiency
Energy production & distribution

The successful commissioning of Merus active harmonic filters has been completed in two of the leading food and beverage plants in UK. The first deliveries of Merus active harmonic filters were installed in a large sugar manufacturing facility and the second delivery was made to a whisky manufacturing plant.

"Food and Beverage plants seek to avoid the unexpected breakdown of machinery, achieve higher process reliability and provide a longer service lifetime for equipment as well as a simultaneous improvement in power quality. This is precisely what our active harmonic filters have been employed for in these two food processing plants. The post-commissioning reports from both plants confirms that performance of our active harmonic filters has successfully met the customer requirements," says Adnan Zia, Area Sales Manager, Merus Power.

The food and beverage industry currently faces several challenges, including fluctuating consumer demand, rising operational costs and tightening environmental regulations. To address these challenges, the industry has evolved to incorporate a greater use of power electronics, automation and information management systems. However, the use of modern technology demands excellent power quality in order to ensure reliable plant operations.

Merus Power can fulfil that need through the delivery of active harmonic filters or Uninterrupted Power Quality (UPQ) solutions that reliably address power quality problems. These solutions are capable of solving a number of power quality issues – for example power outages, voltage sags, harmonic distortions and load unbalancing – leading to improved operational reliability.

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Source: Merus Power

Companies in the sector


Ecomation

ECOMATION Oy is an innovative company that have recycling solutions for E-waste recovering principally plastics and metals. Their latest innovation is a drier distillation system, based on pyrolysis, where organic material is summit to high temperatures without oxygen to provoke a chemical reaction that separates the original material components; making possible to produce gas, carbon and oil from rubber, plastics and different types of bio-materials. The team have more than 15 years of experience in environmental technology. They have built eco-efficient and sustainable plants in Finland.
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Clients

Waste treatment, e-waste collectors, wastewater treatment, bioenergy sector, municipalities, process industry, food industry, agriculture industry, Oil and Gas, petrochemicals, energy production, wood processing.

Main markets

Europe and the rest of the world. 


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Dust Shelter

DSS helps you to be the proactive player in construction fields and to achieve in long-term higher return on investment (ROI) with Eco-Friendly methods. Whether you’ll be applying analytics for a new construction project or as part of controls upgrade, you have to keep the end-game and sustainability in mind at every stage of the design process.

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Key figures

Turnover: EUR 15.000 
Growth: 100%
Employees: 3


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Waste Management Fact Finding trip to Moscow 21.9.2017

Waste Management Fact Finding trip to Moscow 21.9.2017

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The Finnish Russian Chamber of Commerce and the Embassy of Finland organize a fact finding trip to Moscow on 21.9.2017.


The Focus of the trip is in waste management. The fact finding trip offers possibilities to understand the business opportunity
and to network with city officials and local companies.


More information (in Finnish) and contacts as well as registration here http://www.svkk.fi/tapahtumat/cleantech-fact-finding-matka-moskovaan-21-9-2017-2/

Sep 21st - Sep 21st, 2017

Moscow

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Vaisala strikes lightning data deal to protect wind energy farms in North America

Vaisala strikes lightning data deal to protect wind energy farms in North America

Apr 5, 2016
Cleanweb & IoT
Renewables & smart grid
Wind energy

Vaisala, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, has signed a 3-year contract with leading independent power company, Pattern Energy Group Inc. (Pattern Energy), to supply access to historical and real-time lightning data for ten wind farms in North America. 

The data will be used by Pattern Energy, which operates an expanding portfolio of wind energy projects in the lightning-prone central U.S. and Canada between Texas and Ontario, to optimise blade inspection and repair programs and combat one of the most common causes of turbine downtime in the wind energy industry.

During the 3-year contract signed with Vaisala, Pattern Energy will benefit from access to the Fault Analysis Lightning Location System (FALLS), a unique tool that allows utilities and project operators to overlay the locations of project infrastructure with correlating lightning activity on an interactive map.

The system, which makes use of real-time data from Vaisala's unmatched North American Lightning Detection Network (NALDN), will allow Pattern Energy to pinpoint the location of recent and historic lightning strikes at its sites in order to determine exactly which turbines have been affected and the extent of the damage.

In doing so, Pattern Energy will not only be able to spot blade damage early, mitigating the risk of further and more severe damage in the long-term, but also reduce inspection and repair costs, while keeping project downtime to a minimum. Ultimately, this information will also enable Pattern Energy to start modeling and anticipating future damage, with applications for optimising both existing O&M efforts and potentially even site design.

"For Pattern Energy, it's certainly a case of 'looking back to move forward. By conducting a thorough assessment of historic cases using Vaisala's extensive database of lightning activity, Pattern Energy's operations team is setting a new standard for the mitigation of lightning risks," says Remus Zaharescu, Global Manager of Energy Sales at Vaisala.

"While there is no way to eliminate the risk of lightning, FALLS has helped us look back and quickly assess turbine damage, enabling us to determine whether lightning truly caused damage and exactly when that damage occurred. This saves a great deal of time and effort when it comes to blade inspections as well as huge costs," Ben Rice, Operations Engineering Manager at Pattern Energy, says.

"The repair cost for a blade is tens of thousands of dollars, while replacement is in the hundreds of thousands. By comparison, the annual cost for Vaisala's data across our entire wind fleet is a small fraction of what we would spend to replace a single blade replacement so it clearly pays for itself and is well worth the investment."

Vaisala FALLS is used by 80% of the top revenue-generating utilities in the United States. It is also incorporated into the operations of electric utilities in 15 countries worldwide. The NALDN lightning network in the United States and Canada is complemented by Vaisala's GLD360 Global Lightning Dataset, a service that provides real-time lightning data for accurate and early detection of severe weather worldwide.

Image: Vaisala
Source: Vaisala

Companies in the sector

Vaisala

Wind energy