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  • Better use of entire biomass of willow

    Etiketter: Woodfuels
    VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto University investigated how willow biomass can be utilised more efficiently. When processed correctly, willow is eminently suitable as a source of sugar in the production of ethanol. The lignin fraction formed as a by-product of the ethanol process and the fibres and compounds of willow bark are suitable for the manufacture of environmentally friendly chemicals and bio-based materials. / VTT
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  • Sustainable and cost-efficient lignin-based concrete plasticiser

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a technique that can be used to convert lignin – a by-product of pulp mills and biorefineries – into a concrete plasticiser that is competitive against the synthetic and lignosulphonate-based admixtures currently on the market. In its water-soluble form, lignin can also be used as an additive in paints, printing inks, coatings and manufacture of gypsum products. / VTT
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  • Producing clean energy from Italian waste water with Finnish fuel cell expertise

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    In the European DEMOSOFC project, Convion Ltd and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd will demonstrate fuel cell systems for high-efficiency cogeneration of heat and power from biogas produced in connection with waste water treatment in Italy. Fuel cell systems enable the generation of electricity from biogas that would otherwise remain unused or be burned for heat. The fuel cell plant will be the first of its kind in Europe in terms of size and technology, and the fuel cells at the core of the operation are made by the Finnish company Convion.
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  • Emissions rising too high despite the reduction targets set before the Paris negotiations

    Etiketter: Environment
    Nearly all of the world's countries have announced targets for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. However, more ambitious emission reductions are needed in order to limit global warming to two degrees. This is shown by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland in their analysis of the emission targets from 159 countries. / VTT
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  • Cellulose turning into a supermaterial of the future

    Etiketter: Forestry
    Cellulose is a supermaterial of the future. This is the view of the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Aalto University, Tampere University of Technology and the University of Vaasa, the collaboration partners who received a EUR 4.9 million strategic research opening granted by Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation. The researchers are working together to develop new biomaterial applications within the Design Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulose (DWoC) 2.0 project coordinated by VTT. / VTT
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  • Tapio translates research into best practice services to forest professionals

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    The Finnish organisation Tapio became the limited company Tapio Oy at the start of 2015." The different Nordic countries have approached their forest extension programmes and communication in a variety of ways, often split between many organisations. Tapio is an exception, being almost the sole knowledge transfer organisation in Finland. A description of Tapio is, therefore, of interest to other Nordic countries. / SNS
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  • Finnish forest industry’s exports stumble momentarily

    Etiketter: Forestry
    Weak economic growth will slow down exports of the Finnish forest industry. Never-theless, investments on production capacity will increase export volumes of pulp, paper board and sawmilling industries already this year. Exports will grow stronger next year. The production capacity of the largest business area according to export value, paper industry, will fall substantially both years. / PTT
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  • OrganoWood signs general agreement with Finnish S-group

    Etiketter: Wood
    OrganoClick’s daughter company OrganoWood markets and supplies eco-labeled fire protected and durable wood and wood treatment products. During 2014, initial test sales were performed in Finland through 6 units within Kodin Terra, a Finnish building supplier chain which is part of the larger S-group. OrganoWood and the S-group now enter into a general agreement under which OrganoWood’s products will be supplied through the S-groups 27 units throughout Finland. / OrganoWood
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  • PTT: Removals and roundwood trade at a" "high level"

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    The rise in roundwood removals earlier this year calmed down by the beginning of summer and the outlook for this autumn will balance the year’s accrual, making them a little higher than last year. However, there are considerable differences between the development of different timber varieties and trading methods. Next year the good economic situation continues if the uncertainties regarding global economy do not change the favorable development of forest products’ demand. / PTT
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  • Deforestation in the North?!

    Etiketter: Forestry
    A recent EPI (Environmental Performance Index) report from the Yale University ranks countries according to the ecosystem vitality of their forests which was estimated based on the change in tree cover between the years 2000 and 2012. Countries get ranked according to a scoring system. The best score is 100 (countries where tree cover was not reduced). The worst is 0. The Nordic and Baltic countries scored as follows: Denmark 19; Estonia 9; Finland 12; Latvia 3; Lithuania 24; Norway 32; Sweden 14. Iceland got no score. The other high latitude countries are Canada (score 17) and Russia (score 35). Thus, the message from EPI seems to be that there is deforestation and unsustainable forestry in the north! / NBforest.info
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