May 18, 2018

Five for Friday: Cleantech

The future of this techhub is clean.
The future of this techhub is clean.
Julia Bushueva

Finland is renowned for being a leading tech hub and for having the freshest air in the world. It’s no surprise, then, that the country is also a leader in cleantech innovation.

Clean technology, or cleantech, has taken the mantle of Finland’s biggest industry in recent years, with a range of products and services that boost performance whilst minimising the damage done to the environment.


Energy and resource efficiency is one of the pillars of cleantech. Given the prevalence of cooler months here up north, it’s unsurprising that an innovative approach to heating has emerged from Finland. This local company offers an automated solution for buildings heated by water radiators that helps limit the amount of wasted energy and can be controlled in the palm of your hand.

“With Fourdeg, people can tune their own indoor climate as they wish, within certain safety limits,” CEO Markku Makkonen told us back in 2015. “They control it via the phone or pad app, adjust every room and can make a schedule.”

Altum Technologies

Removing clogged up dirt – known as ‘fouling’ – in industrial processes and heat exchangers has always been a cost- and time-intensive process. But instead of using mechanical tools or hazardous chemicals, Altum has harnessed something less invasive and more efficient for the job.

“With our system, all you need is our externally attached ‘power ultrasound’ device,” explained Altum CEO Matias Tainela. “It emits high-power ultrasonic waves into the machinery, which break up fouling without any production stoppages.”


Cleantech represents a significant market opportunity when it comes to energy, water, waste and mobility challenges. Solved offers a systemic approach to deal with these complex challenges by connecting customers and their stakeholders with a global network of over 1 500 leading multi-disciplinary sustainability experts.

“In order to tackle the issues in an optimal way you need to access the best people and talent around the world and bring them quickly together,” the company’s Santtu Hulkkonen said in 2016. “We have built a big expert network and have a collaborative platform which enables our clients to get the best possible team across company borders.”


Nocart delivers distributed power plants combining solar, wind, bio and other energy sources, as well as energy storage for utility-grade electricity production. The company has had particular success in Africa, with significant deals landed in Kenya, Zambia, Malawi and Nigeria.

“As I have said before, the opportunity for Nocart in Africa is huge and our pipeline has grown to 1.3 billion euros worth of projects,” said Nocart CEO Vesa Korhonen, after a 14 million-US dollar order for a 10MW grid-feed solar plant was received from an independent power-producing company in Kenya.


A consortium of 14 Finnish maritime companies and five research organisations recently pledged 13 million euros to further digitalise the Finnish maritime ecosystem towards a smart and green future.

The purpose of INTENS is to equip the Finnish maritime value chain with digital solutions and build a competitive edge for the Finnish maritime cluster in energy-efficient and low-emission shipping. The project will run from 2018 to 2020.

“The collaboration and funding from INTENS project allow us to create market-leading voyage planning services, with the potential to reduce 30 per cent of yearly shipping CO2 emissions,” Pekka Pakkanen, director of development at NAPA Shipping Solutions, said in May.