VTT aims to become a global key player in the bioeconomy and environmental technologies. By developing various technologies and process management, we contribute to the sustainable use of key natural resources in Finland. We generate solutions for the bio and circular economy and the cleantech sector in particular – the Finnish Government regards these as major growth sectors of the future.
Sustainable development themes are highlighted in our research. We are supporting the development of the business sector in a time of structural change. In particular, we are helping the forest industry to thrive in the midst of a major transition. We provide our customers with research, development and piloting services. Biotechnology, thermochemical processes and chemical technology research form the basis of our services. We also engage in the assessment and modelling of processes and production concepts for various phases of the development path, from drawing board to industrial demo.
Examples of research results
Paptic Ltd's new patented technology enables the manufacturing of a revolutionary new fibre product
with plastic-like properties. Paptic uses a new technology platform developed at VTT based on long-
term research in fibre products and processes. The material can replace plastic, for example, in carrier bags and packaging.
Wood-based plastic bag company Paptic attracted more than a million in seed round
Worn-out cotton clothing can be turned into new fibres for the fashion industry using a cellulose dissolution technique developed by VTT. A group of Finnish organisations launched a project to try out the new production technique in practice at all stages of the value chain.
Turning waste cotton into new fibre for the fashion industry
Cellulose is a supermaterial of the future. This is the view of the
VTT and the other collaboration partners who received a EUR 4.9 million grant to seek new design-driven applications for cellulose and
develop related technology. These new materials and innovations can replace fossil-based raw materials
in textile products, interior decoration elements and car
Cellulose turning into a supermaterial of the future
AARRE research consortium focuses on user centric business models of circular economy (CE). The goal is
to solve how to transform the invisible global value of the CE into successful business boost of existing companies and new business of emerging companies.
User-driven Business Models in the Emerging Circular Economy
VTT has demonstrated that lignocellulosic biomass can be successfully converted into pure BTX chemicals: benzene, toluene and xylene. The aim of this research is to enable the use of wood-based chemicals to replace crude oil in, for example, plastics, fuels, medicine and paints.
Pure industrial chemicals by gasifying lignocellulosic biomass
Connected to security of food supply, protein self-sufficiency is a common concern in Finland. VTT coordinated the roadmap work aiming to strengthening of protein self-sufficiency. Means considered included increasing the production
of protein-rich plants, more efficient exploitation of agro-food and fish chain by-products and side-streams, growing use of plant-based proteins in food, and new potential protein sources for food and feed.
Roadmap for improving protein
self-sufficiency of Finland
For centuries the same few yeast strains have been used in the production of lager beer, in contrast to ale, whisky, wine and cider, for which there is a wide range of yeast strains available to produce different nuances of flavour. VTT has been developing hybrid lager yeasts
so as to impart new flavour to
the beer and accelerate the production process.
New flavours for lager beer – successful generation of hybrid yeasts
Foam forming technology offers companies major cost saving possibilities in paper and paperboard manufacturing. It also expands the use of natural fibres in the production of recyclable and lightweight products. Some products can even be lightened by
VTT accelerates commercialisation of foam forming technology