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Electric vehicles move into Finland

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NK electric vehicles Finland helsinki Think Think City Think City EV Valmet Automotive It seems the Finnish people are thinking electric – as Scandinavian electric vehicle maker THINK begins sales in the country. It is expected that further dealerships will [.].

Neste to begin selling 100% renewable diesel in Finland

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Neste plans to start selling diesel produced entirely from renewable raw materials at selected stations in Finland around the turn of the year. In Finland, Neste Renewable Diesel was used for producing low-emission energy for the Flow festival and Weekend Festival. It is easy to adopt, as it does not require any vehicle modifications.

China’s Kaidi to build €1B BTL biofuel refinery in Finland

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The second-generation biomass plant will use energy wood as the main feedstock and it will be the first of its kind, not only in Finland but globally. We find Finland the most interesting country to invest in for biofuels production in the Northern hemisphere. Kaidi will make the final investment decision by the end of the year.

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Why one Finnish city thinks it's ideal for next Tesla Gigafactory

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Europe Batteries lithium-ion Finland Tesla Motors plug-in cars gigafactoryThe Tesla "gigafactory" near Reno, Nevada, is already billed as the largest lithium-ion battery cell plant in the world. One Finnish city is now making an official bid.

2011 Fisker Karma Production Begins In Finland, U.S. Deliveries In April

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Fisker's Karma extended-range EV entered production at Valmet's plant in Finland today. The best-looking (for now, anyway) electric-powered vehicle on the market is finally, well, on the market--or nearly so. deliveries of the car are expected to begin next month. That jibes surprisingly well with the information leaked from a dealer meetin

Neste launches Neste MY Renewable Diesel made 100% from waste and residues in Finland; initial customers

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Sales of Neste MY will begin at Neste service stations in Finland, namely Espoo Piispanmäki, Vantaa Ilmakehä, Helsinki Konala, Espoo Otaniemi, Espoo Olari and Vantaa Varisto. During January, sales of Neste MY will also expand to select Neste Truck stations for heavy traffic in Finland. Bio-hydrocarbons Diesel

Map of public biogas filling stations in Finland

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Finland now has 21 CBG100 public biogas filling stations—i.e. Screenshot of Finland biogas station map. Click to enlarge. Brief

Which City Wants To Make Privately-Owned Cars Obsolete?

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Helsinki, Finland, is planning an ambitious public ridesharing service that Instead of continually improving the efficiency of cars, might it be better to replace them entirely?

Fisker To Open California Plant, No Date Yet For Electric Car Production To Resume

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While all 2012 Fisker Karma extended-range electric luxury sedans were built in Finland, the company always intended to assemble cars in the U.S. Before its collapse and bankruptcy, Fisker had bought a former General Motors plant in Delaware. Green California Manufacturing Wanxiang plug-in cars

Cellunolix sawdust to ethanol plant to be built in Finland

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North European Bio Tech Oy (NEB) has made an investment decision concerning the construction of a bioethanol plant on the Renforsin Ranta industrial estate in Kajaani, Finland. Sawdust and other wood waste is a substantial potential source for ethanol raw material not just in Finland but in the other Nordic countries too. Brief

Fisker Karma Finnish Production To Resume Following Fixes, New Model Later

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The new owners of the Fisker luxury car brand will resume production of the Karma range-extended electric sedan initially at a contractor''s factory in Finland--but not until the company has fixed "about 250 bugs" in the vehicle.

THINK Begins EV Sales in Finland

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Scandinavian electric vehicle (EV) maker THINK has begun sales of the THINK City EV in Finland with production partner Valmet Automotive. First deliveries of the THINK City in Finland will be to green delivery pioneers A2B, through a new THINK dealership in Helsinki. —Valmet Automotive President, Ilpo Korhonen.

THINK Restarts Production of EVs in Finland

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The THINK City in production at Valmet. Click to enlarge.

UPM and WWF Finland co-operate to promote the sustainability of wood-based liquid biofuels

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Finland-based bio and forest industries company UPM and WWF Finland have engaged in a dialogue on the status of wood-based liquid biofuels in Finland and present a list of joint measures to be carried out to promote sustainability. —Liisa Rohweder, CEO of WWF Finland. Earlier post.). We agree on a number of matters.

Novozymes to supply enzymes to St1 Biofuels in Finland for cellulosic ethanol from sawdust

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Novozymes will supply enzyme technology to a new biorefinery that will be built by St1 Biofuels in Kajaani, Finland. The construction of the biorefinery supports Finland’s climate and energy strategy. Softwood comes from trees like pine that have needles instead of leaves. The plant will initially produce 10 million liters (2.7 Brief

Rolls-Royce and VTT Technical Research Centre partner to develop remote and autonomous ships

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VTT has the first 5G test network in Finland. Earlier post.). —Karno Tenovuo, Rolls-Royce, Vice President Ship Intelligence.

Neste Oil’s renewable diesel used to generate elecricity at two events in Finland

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Neste Oil’s NEXBTL renewable diesel was used to generate electricity at two major events in Finland this summer: the Flow Festival in Helsinki and the Neste Oil Rally Helsinki Battle street circuit race. NEXBTL diesel generated 45% of the electricity used at the Flow Festival and powered the machinery at the festival site. Brief

DRIVE C2X wraps up V2X test program with winter testing on slippery roads in Finland

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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland was is responsible for the Tampere test site, and also participates in DRIVE C2X project steering, data management, and impact analysis. Three DRIVE C2X vehicles were in use for these tests: Opel Insignia, Volvo V70 and Mercedes 500. —Harri Koskinen, Senior Scientist at VTT. Brief

Technip awarded €5M FEED contract for Ajos BtL biomass-to-liquids plant in Finland

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Forest BtL Oy, owned by Vapo, A Finnish bioenergy, peat and sawmill company, awarded Technip a contract, worth approximately €5 million, for the front-end engineering and design (FEED) of a new biomass-to-liquid (BTL) plant to be built on Ajos island, Finland. Forest BTL process. Click to enlarge. Earlier post. ).

European Batteries Oy Launches Li-ion Battery Plant in Finland

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Finland-based European Batteries Oy held the grand opening of its new lithium-ion battery plant which manufactures large format prismatic 42 Ah, 3.2V LiFePO 4 (LFP) cells, modules, packs and systems earlier this month. The annual production capacity is 100 MWh—enough for 3.000 full-electric cars, the company says.

Largest ever oil spill response exercise on the Baltic Sea being held off the coast of Helsinki, Finland

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The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE is coordinating the exercise. Weekly ship traffic in the Baltic Sea. The most important oil harbors. Brief

European consortium begins demonstration project for conversion of woody biomass to chemicals: BIOFOREVER

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BIOFOREVER (BIO-based products from FORestry via Economically Viable European Routes)—a consortium of 14 European companies—has started a demonstration project for the conversion of woody biomass to value-adding chemical building blocks such as butanol, ethanol, and 2,5–furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) on an industrial scale.

Th!nk Resumes Production at Valmet Automotive Facility in Finland

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Think has finally resumed production of their Think City EV at a new manufacturing facility in Finland. Ener1 supplies Think's battery packs, while Valmet Automotive assembles them at their manufacturing plant in Finland. Recently, both Ener1 and Valmet Automotive recapitalized Think to bring their vehicles back to the market.

Honeywell’s Envergent Technologies and Green Fuel Nordic Oy to collaborate on biomass pyrolysis fuel processing in Finland

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Envergent Technologies LLC, a Honeywell company, signed a memorandum of understanding with Finland’s Green Fuel Nordic Oy under which the two companies would collaborate on projects to. convert biomass to renewable fuel for use in district heating systems in Finland using Envergent’s RTP rapid thermal processing technology.

Fleet of 23 road tanker trucks to trial NExBTL renewable diesel in Finland

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Neste Oil’s NExBTL renewable diesel is to be trialed in day-to-day use in Finland by a fleet of road tanker trucks from the beginning of June onwards. The trial will last around a year and will involve 23 vehicles in Neste Oil livery operated by seven different companies. Other trials have also been carried out in Canada and Germany.

New hybrid electric ferry launches in Taiwan with Visedo electric propulsion system

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Visedo’s head office is located in Lappeenranta, Finland, and the company has a subsidiary in the Netherlands. —Visedo CEO Kimmo Rauma.

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New 3-step process for conversion of kraft lignin from black liquor into green diesel

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Pöyry Forest Industry Oy in Finland, noted that: The magnitude of the recovery process is often not fully appreciated. Since black liquor is derived from wood, it is the most important renewable bio-fuel, particularly in Sweden and Finland. Their paper appears in the journal ChemSusChem. tons of black liquor dry solids. Earlier post.)

UCR researchers discover new method to dissipate heat in electronic devices; modulating the flow of phonons

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The team used semiconductor nanowires from Gallium Arsenide (GaAs), synthesized by researchers in Finland, and an imaging technique called Brillouin-Mandelstam light scattering spectroscopy (BMS) to study the movement of phonons through the crystalline nanostructures. —Alexander Balandin. Resources. Kargar, F. et al. Commun. Brief

New €50M Forest-based Biorefinery Research Project in Finland

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Forestcluster Ltd. and Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, have launched a 5-year, €50 million (US$63 million) research program (Future Biorefinery, or short FuBio) to develop competence in the processing of wood biomass. —Christine Hagström-Näsi, CEO, Forestcluster Ltd. Forestcluster Ltd.

One DC Quick-Charge Station For Every Four Electric Cars! But, Where?

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million people, nestled on the Gulf of Finland between Latvia and Russia Imagine a paradise for electric-car drivers, where half the car's cost is subsidized and there's a nationwide network of DC quick-charging stations so plentiful that there's one for every four cars. Such a place exists, actually. It's called Estonia.

Neste Oil Begins Trials of 100% Renewable Diesel in Passenger Cars; Planning Retail Rollout in Finland

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Neste Oil has begun trials of Neste Green 100 diesel—a renewable drop-in hydrocarbon replacement for diesel, not biodiesel (fatty acid methyl esters)—in cars in Finland. The majority of Neste Oil stations in Finland already offer Neste Green diesel, which contains a minimum of 10% renewable diesel blended with conventional diesel fuel.

Kalmar to introduce industry first fast charging solution for electric powered shuttle and straddle carriers

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will introduce the first fast charging solution for electric powered shuttle and straddle carriers. —Dr. Brief

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Neste Renewable Isoalkane to be used for Avantherm’s renewable products for transferring heat and cold

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Neste Renewable Isoalkane is one of the outputs of the company’s proprietary NEXBTL technology at its refineries in Singapore, The Netherlands and Finland. Avantherm thus becomes one of the first companies to market Heat Transfer Media produced from renewable raw materials. —Stefan Dufva, CEO of Avantherm. Brief

Fleet testing shows UPM renewable diesel from wood biomass performs as well as petroleum diesel

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The fleet tests, conducted by the VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, were started in May last year and ran until early 2014.

Study shows renewable diesel from crude tall oil is a high quality drop-in fuel for off-road engines

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A team from the University of Vaasa (Finland) and UPM-Kymmene Corporation has examined how the blends of fossil and renewable diesel produced from crude tall oil (CTO) affect the performance and exhaust emissions of the modern common-rail off-road diesel engine. UPM BioVerno renewable diesel is produced from wood-based tall oil. Resources.

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Ener1 to Take 31% Stake in EV Maker Think Global; Think City Production Moves to Valmet in Finland

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Finland-based Valmet Automotive, which signed a letter of intent under which Valmet Automotive will be a production and engineering partner for the Think City electric vehicle, will also become a minor shareholder in Think. Lithium-ion battery manufacturer Ener1, Inc. Ener1, Inc. Earlier post.). Ener1, Inc. Earlier post.). Valmet Automotive.

Finnish electric powertrain company Visedo raises €20M to support global expansion; SRPM technology

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Visedo’s head office is located in Lappeenranta, Finland, and the company has a subsidiary in the Netherlands. Visedo, a Finnish manufacturer specializing in electric powertrains and components, has secured a financing package of €20 million (US$21 million) to support its international growth plans. million, an EFSI loan of €5 million and €1.5

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One third of a car’s fuel lost through friction

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A joint study by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) in USA, suggests that new technology could reduce friction by up [.]. Green credentials Argonne National Laboratory engine friction fuel consumption research VTT Technical Research

New Management, Structure, Cash For Electric-Car Maker Think?

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out of kits shipped from the manufacturing facilitiy in Finland that built the cars for other Back in January, we toured the Think electric-car assembly facility in Elkhart, Indiana, "the RV capital of the world."

Helsinki Electric Car Owners Test Cold-Weather Capabilities

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That's what a bunch of Finnish electric car owners decided to find out, led by Finland's Electric Traffic program. We've all heard stories about woefully low range from electric cars in icy climates, but just how suited are EVs to very cold conditions?