Finnish water knowledge prepares for global market
The current Finnish competence of the water sector is being gathered into one research center. The goal is to develop unique water knowledge to Finland and to create new business opportunities for companies in the environmental technology sector.
The Center of Water Efficiency Excellence will be established this month. The main partners of the Center are Kemira Oyj, one of the leading water chemistry companies globally, and VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland), the biggest multi-technological applied research organization in Northern Europe.
|”The aim is to develop new technology, which helps to enhance the water usage and recycling, and to create more sustainable and energy-efficient solutions for the water intensive industry,” says Johan Grön, Kemira's Executive Vice President of R&D and Technology.
"When choosing the research sectors, one of the main selection criteria has been the growth of the global markets."
The regions suffering from water scarcity are usually those where the industrial and population growth is the most rapid. This is why the water-intensive industry is constantly looking for solutions to improve their water efficiency.
“Some examples of the research sectors are the cost-efficient cultivation of sea water into drinkable water, the utilization of biomass resulting from the waste water treatment in production processes of energy and bioenergy, and the decomposition of products," Grön says.
“For Kemira, this is a strategic project, in which we are looking for growth based on new products and customer relations. The lack of water and the problems caused by it is a sizable challenge globally for industries and megacities,” Grön concludes.
The total cost of the research, which will be performed at the center, is estimated at EUR120 million including external funding. The investments will be allocated into four years, resulting further investment activities in projects for piloting and proof on concept purposes. The center will employ 200 persons annually.
Sources and more information:
Presentation on the Center
Kemira Water and St. Petersburg waterworks
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