Kobelco Eco-Solutions (KES) and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT)
have signed an agreement on cooperation to develop new environmental solutions
which are especially related to water and waste issues. The agreement was
signed in December 2012 and will be valid for five years.
One of the partners’ objectives is to develop cost-effective and ecological
technologies for exploiting waste materials in order to produce new raw
materials. Certain waste waters, for example, may contain small amounts of
precious metals or other scarce materials. In the case of noteworthy total
volumes of waste water, capturing of these materials may be profitable.
Another example of the research targets is a project for recovering phosphorus
from sludge or waste water.
The technologies developed by the partners will best serve infrastructures
with high population density and large amounts of waste water.
Kobelco Eco-Solutions Co., Ltd brings proven technical skills,
expertise, and development capability in advanced technology to
environment-related fields such as water purification, waste water treatment,
waste disposal and recycling. As a core Group company of Kobe Steel Ltd, it
addresses a wide range of needs in line with moves to create a recycling-based
society. FY2011’s sales are 71billion yen (approx. 646 million euros). Kobelco
Eco Solutions Co., Ltd 4-78, 1-choume, Wakinohama-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe,
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is a leading
multitechnological applied research organization in Northern Europe. VTT
creates new technology and science-based innovations in co-operation with
domestic and foreign partners. VTT’s turnover is EUR 290 million and its
personnel totals 3100. www.vtt.fi