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Vestas Ventures invests in wood technology company Modvion

Leading global wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems invests in Swedish wood technology company Modvion. The intention is to accelerate market adoption and scale-up the production of wooden wind turbine towers. Vestas is interested in using the wooden towers in its product line as part of a more sustainable product offering for customers. Modvion’s wooden…

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Paper Province supports research on cross-laminated timber

Researcher Johan Vessby at Karlstad University has received a grant from Paper Province to investigate areas of use for residual products of cross-laminated timber to develop industrial timber construction. In Sweden, there is plenty of access to wood raw materials and extensive experience of timber construction. Building with wood has many environmental benefits. It is a…

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Biohydrogen created from purification water at the mills

Exciting experiments in progress! Organic pollutants in the wastewater of a pulp and paper mill can be converted into climate-friendly hydrogen gas. “This is a real win-win situation for the mills and the environment. I am proud that we have taken this from lab to pilot scale,” says Sudhanshu Pawar. Sudhanshu Pawar is a researcher…

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Corona helped UMV find new ways

UMV Coating Systems is thriving. The business has grown with new machinery and products, and the company recently won a large order from Stora Enso. UMV’s pilot machine is used by customers from all over the world. In March, however, it did not look as hopeful. UMV Coating Systems in Säffle, Sweden, has a pilot…

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Paper Province wins gold – again

For the second time, Paper Province has succeeded in achieving “gold” level of an internationally recognized certification. The award is the principal quality label that a cluster management can receive and means that Paper Province ranks as one of the best business clusters in the world. The Cluster Organisation Management Excellence Label Gold, “Gold Label”…

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An exciting new way of producing biomass is being scaled up

The innovative London-based company Lixea has a new and revolutionary method of separating different types of biomass. Recently, the European Union has granted Lixea SEK 25 million to build and develop a pilot plant in Bäckhammar, Sweden to scale up the process. “We are very excited about building our pilot plant in Bäckhammar. The synergies with…

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Arboair is the winner of the innovation competition What Wood You Do

On September 24, the final of the international innovation competition “What Wood You Do”, was decided in Karlstad. The winner was Arboair, which uses drones, colour shift analysis and artificial intelligence to scan the forest for infected or stressed trees. Bark beetle infested trees are one of the most costly and fastest growing problems in…

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Competition finalist SilviBio’s seed capsule increases the germination rate of conifers

SilviBio is the sixth finalist in the innovation competition What Wood You Do. They have invented a bio-based survival capsule for tree seedlings that boosts the germination by up to 40 percent. On Thursday, September 24, they will pitch their idea to the jury with a chance to win EUR 25,000. The need to grow…

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Wooden tower set to reduce carbon dioxide footprint from future wind turbines

Vattenfall and Modvion have entered into collaboration on using wooden towers for onshore wind turbines, a venture expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in manufacturing by at least 25 percent. Vattenfall will be assessing Modvion’s wooden tower for potential use in future wind farms. “During their life cycles, Vattenfall’s wind turbines already have very low…

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Competition finalist FineCell turns cosmetics and paint green

FineCell’s innovation can replace fossil-based plastics with cellulose powders and hydrogels in many applications. Now they are one of six young companies that have advanced to the final of the international idea competition What Wood You Do. On September 24th, they will pitch their idea to the jury with a chance to win EUR 25,000….

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