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. The THINK City EV has been introduced alongside production partner Valmet Automotive with the first deliveries to green delivery pioneers A2B through a new THINK dealership in Helsinki. 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. The new product offers environmentally conscious consumers and corporate customers a sustainable and easy solution for reducing traffic-borne emissions.

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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. Finland has vast biomass resources, plenty of potential partner companies and an extremely progressive biofuels policy. China-based Kaidi plans to build a €1-billion (US$1.1-billion) biofuel refinery in Kemi.

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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. But Tesla has discussed plans for at least one additional gigafactory, presumably to meet demand for battery cells related to large-scale electric-car production outside the U.S. One Finnish city is now making an official bid.

Finland’s oldest ferry goes all electric with Visedo

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The oldest operating ferry in Finland will on Saturday become the nation’s first all-electric passenger vessel after being fitted with Visedo power.

Sales of Neste MY Renewable Diesel expands to Neste Truck stations for heavy vehicles in Finland

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The distribution of Neste MY Renewable Diesel, produced entirely from waste and residues, has expanded to the Neste Truck network for heavy vehicles in Finland. In addition, the changing temperatures in Finland have also been taken into account in the product, and motorists do not need to worry about any engine failures, even in extremely cold conditions.

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. they sell 100% compressed biogas (CBG). All are automatic stations that are always open (but for two of them a cash option is only available during office hours).

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. Companies such as Google and UPS in the United States and DB Schenker and Lassila & Tikanoja in Finland have also decided to reduce their carbon footprint with Neste MY Renewable Diesel.

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? A few cities encourageresidents to eschew car use for public transit, cycling, or car-sharing services--but now one is trying to eliminate privately-owned cars altogether.

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. A pledge to use this facility was one factor in the successful bid for Fisker by Wanxiang, China's largest. 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. The growing volume of waste-based and residue-based ethanol production also supports Finland’s climate strategy and reduces dependence on imported fossil fuels.

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. The news came as executives of Wanxiang, China''s largest auto parts maker and now the owner of both Fisker and its

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. European production of the THINK City continues in Finland with manufacturing partner Valmet Automotive.

THINK Restarts Production of EVs in Finland

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THINK, the Scandinavian electric vehicle (EV) maker, has re-started production of the THINK City—one of the first urban EVs—at a new facility with manufacturing partner Valmet Automotive in Uusikaupunki, Finland.

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. UPM and WWF Finland support new generation biofuels, which considerably reduce greenhouse gas emissions when compared to fossil fuels while meeting credible sustainability criteria.

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. It delivers fuels to major Nordic service station chains—ABC, St1 and Shell—with a total of 1,500 service stations in Finland, Sweden and Norway.

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

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Rolls-Royce and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd have formed a strategic partnership to design, to test and to validate the first generation of remote and autonomous ships. VTT has the first 5G test network in Finland.

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. Using the fuel resulted in a 22 ton reduction in emissions, equivalent in emission terms to nearly three round-the-world flights.

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

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DRIVE C2X , a 3.5-year, €18.6-million (US$25.6-million) European research project assessing vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications through field tests ( earlier post ), wrapped up its testing program with winter tests in Tampere, Finland in which they were testing the Weather Warning (WW) function providing drivers with a warning on slippery road conditions ahead.

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. In December 2012, the Ajos BtL project, Finland, was selected to receive counterpart funding of €88.5 The project will produce and sell renewable diesel and bionaphta in the Baltic Sea area, with a focus on Finland and Sweden.

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. Plans have already been made to triple both production capacity and the number of employees.

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

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This year’s Balex Delta oil spill response exercise, which is held annually under the Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area, is taking place today in the sea area outside Helsinki, Finland.

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. Think's backlog of

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

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BIOFOREVER consortium partners include: API Europe, Greece; Avantium Chemicals BV, Netherlands; Bioprocess Pilot Facility BV, Netherlands; Borregaard AS, Norway; Bio Refinery Development BV, Netherlands; DSM, Netherlands; Elkem Carbon AS, Norway; Green Biologics Ltd, UK; MetGen Oy, Finland; Nova Institute, Germany; Novasep Process SAS, France; Phytowelt, Green Technologies GmbH, Germany; Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands; and SUEZ Groupe, France.

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. Finland has targeted that 38% of its energy use be generated from renewable sources by 2020.

Vattenfall may provide hydrogen for Preem large-scale biofuel project

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Vattenfall is a Swedish, state-owned energy company with around 20,000 employees with operations in Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, UK and Finland. Preem, the largest fuel company in Sweden, and Vattenfall have concluded an agreement to investigate the potential Vattenfall’s providing of hydrogen gas in the large scale production of biofuel for the Swedish market.

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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. The vehicles will fill up with 100% NExBTL renewable diesel at the Neste Oil Truck station at the distribution terminal adjacent to the company’s Porvoo refinery.

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. The research programme aims at generating innovations that can either be implemented as a part of existing industry operations, or which open up entirely new wood-based value chains.

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. The tiny country of 1.2

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.

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. Researchers in Sweden and Spain have devised a three-step process for the conversion of precipitated kraft lignin from black liquor into green diesel. Their paper appears in the journal ChemSusChem.

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

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Kalmar continues to test and verify the solution at the Tampere Technology and Competence Center in Finland, with plans to bring the solution to the market during 2016. Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will introduce the first fast charging solution for electric powered shuttle and straddle carriers.

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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.

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. The company also recently announced that it was powering the new all-electric bus, manufactured by Linkker, that has entered into service in Helsinki, Finland.

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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. This refinery, located in Lappeenranta, Finland, will be completed this year.

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 , a Swedish company specializing in heat transfer media products, has started using Neste Renewable Isoalkane to produce the next generation, high-performance and more environmentally friendly heat transfer media.

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. According to the letter of intent signed by Valmet and Think, the manufacturing of Think electric vehicle will be transferred from Norway to Valmet Automotive’s factory in Uusikaupunki, Finland, this year. Lithium-ion battery manufacturer Ener1, Inc.

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. Engine experiments were conducted by the University of Vaasa (UV) at the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) laboratory of the Technobothnia Research Centre in Vaasa, Finland.

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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. The financing consists of an equity investment of €13.5 million, an EFSI loan of €5 million and €1.5 million in funding from other sources.

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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 [.]. At least a third of a car’s fuel consumption is spent overcoming friction, according to new research, and reducing friction could play an important role in improving fuel efficiency.