VTT Newsletter

01 | 2009
Dear recipient, VTT´s electronic newsletter has been revised. It consists of the latest news releases concerning research, science, technology and business applications. In addition to these, we inform you about the newest publications and other current topics. The links will take you to VTT's website.

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 Science - effectiveness - potential of technology
The Finnish technology research facing the most challenging fusion energy project
Fusion is a promising option for a large scale energy production for the second half of this century and beyond. Fusion has practically unlimited fuel resources, and it is safe and environmentally sound. The global ITER-test power plant project can be seen as one of the most challenging energy projects of mankind and Europe has a significant role in it. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Tampere University of Technology (TUT) are responsible for developing the maintenance of the critical parts of the fusion plant that is been built in Europe (France). A full-scale research platform to develop and test the maintenance robot and remote handling operations for ITER has been taken into use in Finland.
New friction technology translates into major energy and cost savings
Friction gives rise to both costs and emissions. It has been estimated that as much 30 per cent of production in the industrialised countries goes to replacing worn-out parts. More than one third of the world’s energy is used to overcome friction. Energy savings equalling the annual production of one nuclear power plant could be reached in Finland alone by utilising the latest friction technology.
VTT and the University of Kuopio draw up a roadmap for food and nutrition solutions
NUTRITECH, a joint research programme between VTT and the University of Kuopio, has produced a roadmap for new food and nutrition solutions and evaluated the effects of change needs on product concepts and business opportunities. The results of the roadmap will challenge the players in the food and nutrition industry to collaborate with new industries and technology sectors.
New Philips and VTT development centre in Finland will boost innovation
  Philips Applied Technologies and VTT will launch InnoHub for breakthrough innovations in healthcare, life-style and well-being. The InnoHub is a one-stop shop for the entire innovation process, from generating ideas, to concept development, prototyping and testing of products and services. The real-life setting enables testing of products between various locations and stakeholders. Both multinational companies and SMEs can engage with InnoHub’s experts and support services. All Nordic and Baltic companies are able to tap into Philips’ and VTT’s innovation experience for entire innovation projects as well as additional specialist support in certain phases of a project that has already started.
Emission regulation in industrial sectors a start in reducing emissions in the developing countries
According to a survey conducted by VTT, the developing countries can contribute to global emission reductions by agreeing on industrial sectoral limitations. Their correctly planned sectoral commitments would also reduce the impact of the emission reductions of the industrialised countries on competitiveness. It is absolutely essential to have a Kyoto-type climate agreement limiting the carbon dioxide emissions of the whole economy, though it is a complex, administratively heavy system. This is one of the reasons why the developing countries find it difficult to commit themselves to emission reduction agreements.
The physical and digital world merging into an intelligent environment
The next major change in ICT since the Internet and Web has already begun. According to VTT, the change will introduce a new type of connection between the physical and digital world. One can talk about real intelligent interaction between man and information technology equipment, which will change our use of time, actions, and even the way we think. Its effects should be seen already in 2015, though it has been estimated that the actual breakthrough will take place in 2020-2025. This will offer major new major business opportunities to companies.
 VTT topical news
VTT and KCL sign a letter of intent to integrate the research and laboratory operations of KCL to VTT
VTT and KCL (Oy Keskuslaboratorio - Centrallaboratorium Ab) have signed a letter of intent to combine their research and laboratory operations. The letter of intent includes a review of the possibilities of integrating the research and laboratory functions of KCL into VTT's research and service operations. For KCL, the letter of intent applies to approximately 160 employees, 110 of which work in research and development and 50 in laboratory operations. The objective is that the personnel transfer to VTT as existing employees. The final agreement will be signed in May 2009.
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