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VTT evaluates the climate impacts of peat diesel

The climate impacts of the production and utilisation of peat diesel can be 10–80% lower compared with fossil diesel

According to VTT’s analysis, production of peat diesel can be steered towards supply chains with a 10–80% lower climate impacts compared with fossil diesel, provided the peat is obtained from forestry-drained or cultivated peatland (cropland) using certified supply chains. Based on a life cycle analysis, VTT has calculated the greenhouse impact of different peat diesel supply chains in Finnish conditions. Compared with fossil diesel, the position of peat diesel is more ambiguous in terms of climate impacts, depending on analysis limits and baseline, the after-treatment of peatland and the method used for generating the electricity required for the process.

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PlexPress commercialises VTT's method for gene expression analysis

Business activities in Silicon Valley under way

PlexPress Oy, a Finnish spin-off company of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, will commercialise a method developed by VTT for high-throughput, high-content gene expression analysis. The technology is especially suitable for medical research and clinical diagnostics where there is a need to accurately analyze a focused set of genes from large number of samples in a rapid and cost-effective way. PlexPress is starting business activities in Silicon Valley together with a local entrepreneur.

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Research programme for foods and services promoting well-being

VTT and the University of Kuopio are starting a joint interdisciplinary research programme Solutions for Intelligent Nutrition

One of the challenges facing the food industry is how to create tasty, convenient and experiential products made from health promoting ingredients. Various services assisting and motivating food choices for well-being are also anticipated. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the University of Kuopio are contributing to this development by starting the Solutions for Intelligent Nutrition (NUTRITECH) research programme with the aim of combining the development of enabling technologies with consumer and health sciences for the initiation of new food and nutrition solutions.

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