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Anssi Laukkanen becomes VTT’s first research professor in computational materials science– materials modelling improves the competitive edge of industrial operators and boosts circular economy

Materials are everywhere, and even small materials-related developments almost always have great significance – not to mention completely new materials and solutions.



Dedicated photonics pilot-line for medical diagnostics

The European Commission decided to expand the existing photonics pilot-line offering by funding the establishment of MedPhab pilot-line under Horizon 2020, the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.



VTT has developed a tool to support astronauts in complex repair tasks with the assistance of augmented reality, AR

The European Space Agency (ESA) has been testing a tool developed by VTT as part of its training and operations system. The tool, using augmented reality, has been developed to support astronauts in training and operations during a space flight.



New ecosystem launched to boost photo and radiation detector hardware development

VTT, together with Aalto University and industrial partners, has started a joint effort to accelerate the development and commercialization of tailored high-performance detectors and systems for different application areas.



Improved comfort and safety for future firefighters and rescue workers with smart clothing

Researchers and companies jointly developed a wearable technology solution for firefighters. It allows real-time monitoring of heat stress, thus improving the occupational health and safety in challenging temperatures.



The need for demand-side management of electricity increases – piloted marketplace would enhance the use of demand-side resources

VTT and the University of Vaasa are collaborating to develop a new real-time marketplace for demand-side management of electricity.



Motorcycles to be made smarter and safer with digitalisation

VTT and KTM Nordic Oy (KTM) have started cooperation to equip the KTM motorcycle with similar technical data transmission and environment perception systems as VTT’s automated vehicles.



VTT developed an optical fibre made of cellulose

Optical fibre made of cellulose is best suited for sensors that benefit from the biodegradability of the material. In the future, optical cellulose fibre may allow detecting changes in the moisture level of buildings.



Electronics developers start extensive co-operation to advance circular economy

Companies and research institutes involved in the development of electronics and optics will begin co-operation under the leadership of VTT.



VTT solved challenges of emission-free hydrogen technology: Movable fuel cell electrolyser produces hydrogen and electricity from hydrogen in an emission-free manner with excellent efficiency

Hydrogen technology is playing an increasingly important role in mitigating climate change. Hydrogen, which is widely used in industrial processes, is also suitable for fuel and energy storage and can be produced from water without emissions.



New VTT innovations boost food production– plant “breathalyzer” wins research pitching at Slush

Climate change, population growth and urbanisation cause challenges to food production. In the future, it must be possible to produce increasing amounts of food with smaller resources.



VTT develops alternative leather from fungi – aims at industrial-scale production

Animal skin is an excellent material, but the tanning process of leather causes significant chromium emissions that are damaging to the environment and human health.



IT and forest companies to start close cooperation - plants as innovation platform

Headed by VTT, a group of Finnish forest companies, companies in the digital sector and research institutes will start a two-year SEED project that will generate new type of innovation activity originating from the needs of business operations.



VTT’s deep-tech incubator teams come up with two solutions to meet the need for new sustainable fish feed

Food shortages are a major global issue. Population growth is increasing the need for food, and growing wealth is driving demand for animal protein foods.



New solutions for engine power plant noise – increased engine power and renewable energy require investments in noise management

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the technology group Wärtsilä have completed a three-year project funded by Business Finland, which created new solutions for power plant noise emissions.



Wood-based yarn captures hormones from wastewater

VTT and Aalto University have developed a wood-based cellulose fibre yarn that is an affordable solution for capturing pharmaceutical substances – especially ethinylestradiol in contraceptive pills – that would otherwise end up in bodies of water.



VTT founds a subsidiary to offer innovations for autonomous mobility

Finland is a forerunner in autonomous and remotely controlled solutions that are renewing the industrial sector, logistics and the way people move.



VTT’s snack machine prepares a healthy Scoothie according to the user’s wishes

VTT developed a snack machine that nimbly prepares a product with high fibre or protein content – a Scoothie – in accordance with the consumer’s wishes and needs.



The SmartTram ecosystem brings attractive solutions to sustainable mobility while fostering competitiveness

The SmartTram ecosystem brings together the Finnish research and business sectors to work with cities to create the world’s finest tram transport solutions in order to reinforce exports of Finnish expertise.



Valuable product from steel industry slag– components created as a result of piloting tested in Finland and Spain

VTT and Renotech Oy developed a method for the partial replacement of refractory ceramic raw material with slag from the steel industry.