Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Creating a new renewable biomaterial research environment of global significance

18.08.2008
KCL, Helsinki University of Technology and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland will start to share their renewable biomaterial processing research systems.

This will create a globally significant comprehensive entity comprised of a couple of dozen pilot systems and hundreds of laboratory-scale research devices.

The device cooperation will promote the R&D projects of the research parties and other forestry sector parties. The objective is to improve profitability of operations and obtain investment savings as well as improve the competitive ability of the forest industry in the future.

KCL, Helsinki University of Technology and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have made an agreement on creating a shared research environment. The research environment will include laboratory and pilot plant scale devices starting from the treatment of wood and other renewable biomaterials and extending all the way to end product applications and special analysis devices. The research environment will be of global significance, since it will be comprised of approximately thirty pilot systems and more than 400 laboratory systems to support the research of materials in line with sustainable development as well as the development of new end products. The research environment will employ a little over a hundred experts with technical training and more than 400 researchers.

The shared research environment will promote the opportunities of the research cooperation parties and other forest industry cluster parties to flexibly and cost-efficiently use the devices in research projects. The cooperation will also avoid overlapping investments.

The first programme of Forestcluster Ltd, a top-level research and innovation network established by leading forestry sector companies, VTT, the Finnish Forest Research Institute Metla and four universities, will start several projects utilising the research environment. In addition, Forestcluster Ltd will offer major contributions in basic research cooperation projects and also research environments, one example of which is the further development of VTT’s paper manufacture research environment.

Forestcluster Ltd will be the leader of the research projects of this concentration of strategic forest industry top expertise. With Forestcluster Ltd in the lead, the concentration of strategic top expertise will become the best innovation environment of the sector.

In October 2006, forest cluster defined its most important research focus points, aiming at doubling the value of the sector’s products and services by the year 2030. Once the research strategy objectives are reached, Finland will be able to retain its successful forest industry cluster – the worlds most profitable – also in the future. The cluster operates based on the principles of sustainable development, and the cluster and its client industries manufacture the most desirable products in the world. The task of Forestcluster Ltd is to start research and innovation programmes and allocate research funding to the selected focus areas.

For further information, please contact:

KCL
Ulla Forsström, PhD, Technology
Tel. +358 (0)20 747 7485
ulla.forsstrom@kcl.fi
Forestcluster Ltd
CEO Christine Hagström-Näsi
Tel. +358 50 322 2401
christine.hagstrom-nasi@forestcluster.fi
Helsinki University of Technology
Professor Jouni Paltakari
Tel. +358 400 818 244
jouni.paltakari@tkk.fi
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Terhi Saari, Customer Manager
Tel. +358 400 615 396
terhi.saari@vtt.fi
Corporate presentations
KCL is the leading research company for the global paper and pulp industry. KCL is a privately owned company based in Otaniemi, Finland. KCL has the equipment and competence required for the whole process, from raw materials to the final printed end products. Its business concept is to merge and cross-discipline all aspects of KCL’s research and knowledge in an innovative manner. With its pilot- and laboratory-scale infrastructure and scientific competence, KCL serves the global paper and related forest cluster industries, as well as the end-users of paper and board products.

Forestcluster Ltd was established in March 2007 and granted the status of a strategic centre for science, technology and innovation in May 2007 by the Science and Technology Policy Council of Finland. The company is responsible for initiating research programmes associated with the strategic centre as well as for the channelling of private and public funding for these programmes.

Helsinki University of Technology TKK is the second-oldest university in Finland, and the country’s leading university for technology and architecture. Located at Otaniemi, its teaching and research activities cover virtually all aspects of technology and architecture.

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is the largest contract research organisation in Northern Europe. VTT provides high-end technology solutions and innovation services. From its wide knowledge base, VTT can combine different technologies, create new innovations and a substantial range of world class technologies and applied research services to improve its clients’ competitiveness and competence. Through its international scientific and technology network, VTT can produce information and upgrade technology knowledge, as well as create business intelligence and added value to its stakeholders.

Terhi Saari | VTT Technical Research Centre of
Further information:
http://www.vtt.fi

Further reports about: Finland Forestcluster KCL VTT forest industry renewable biomaterial

More articles from Ecology, The Environment and Conservation:

nachricht Dune ecosystem modelling
23.06.2017 | Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau

nachricht Understanding animal social networks can aid wildlife conservation
23.06.2017 | Leibniz-Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei (IGB)

All articles from Ecology, The Environment and Conservation >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Can we see monkeys from space? Emerging technologies to map biodiversity

An international team of scientists has proposed a new multi-disciplinary approach in which an array of new technologies will allow us to map biodiversity and the risks that wildlife is facing at the scale of whole landscapes. The findings are published in Nature Ecology and Evolution. This international research is led by the Kunming Institute of Zoology from China, University of East Anglia, University of Leicester and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research.

Using a combination of satellite and ground data, the team proposes that it is now possible to map biodiversity with an accuracy that has not been previously...

Im Focus: Climate satellite: Tracking methane with robust laser technology

Heatwaves in the Arctic, longer periods of vegetation in Europe, severe floods in West Africa – starting in 2021, scientists want to explore the emissions of the greenhouse gas methane with the German-French satellite MERLIN. This is made possible by a new robust laser system of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen, which achieves unprecedented measurement accuracy.

Methane is primarily the result of the decomposition of organic matter. The gas has a 25 times greater warming potential than carbon dioxide, but is not as...

Im Focus: How protons move through a fuel cell

Hydrogen is regarded as the energy source of the future: It is produced with solar power and can be used to generate heat and electricity in fuel cells. Empa researchers have now succeeded in decoding the movement of hydrogen ions in crystals – a key step towards more efficient energy conversion in the hydrogen industry of tomorrow.

As charge carriers, electrons and ions play the leading role in electrochemical energy storage devices and converters such as batteries and fuel cells. Proton...

Im Focus: A unique data centre for cosmological simulations

Scientists from the Excellence Cluster Universe at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich have establised "Cosmowebportal", a unique data centre for cosmological simulations located at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. The complete results of a series of large hydrodynamical cosmological simulations are available, with data volumes typically exceeding several hundred terabytes. Scientists worldwide can interactively explore these complex simulations via a web interface and directly access the results.

With current telescopes, scientists can observe our Universe’s galaxies and galaxy clusters and their distribution along an invisible cosmic web. From the...

Im Focus: Scientists develop molecular thermometer for contactless measurement using infrared light

Temperature measurements possible even on the smallest scale / Molecular ruby for use in material sciences, biology, and medicine

Chemists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in cooperation with researchers of the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM)...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Plants are networkers

19.06.2017 | Event News

Digital Survival Training for Executives

13.06.2017 | Event News

Global Learning Council Summit 2017

13.06.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Equipping form with function

23.06.2017 | Information Technology

New design improves performance of flexible wearable electronics

23.06.2017 | Materials Sciences

Individualized fiber components for the world market

23.06.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>