December 2, 2015

Top 5 Finnish climate change solutions

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21 is being held from November 30 to December 11 in Paris. The conference’s objective is to achieve a system of national pledges to reduce emissions.
The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21 is being held from 30 November to 11 December in Paris. The conference’s objective is to achieve a system of national pledges to reduce emissions.
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Solving problems comes as second nature to Finns. This skill with finding a way to resolve some of the world’s most pressing problems is a real asset during the United Nations’ Climate Change conference in Paris this week. Here we have gathered some groundbreaking Finnish ideas and innovations to reduce energy consumption and harness renewable energy sources.

Entocube

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AALTO UNIVERSITY

Fancy a crispy cricket? Finnish startup Entocube’s technology farms insects for insect producers and as insect protein ingredient for food industry. At full capacity, the Cube can house half a million European house crickets in various stages of development. The end goal for Entocube is eliminating world hunger.

Flexible solar panels

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Solar energy can be now harvested from one’s work desk, as researchers at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have developed a mass production method for flexible organic solar panels. The new method allows the creation of various interior design elements using organic photovoltaics. These panels can harvest the energy from sunlight as well as energy from indoor lights.

Lumine

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MARKKU OJALA / COMPIC

Works like a charm! Lumine Lighting Solutions’ intelligent street lighting innovation, based on presence detection, reduces energy consumption by approximately 70 per cent. The wireless interlinked system works by illuminating all nearby units to a brighter level once movement is detected.

Nanomaji

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Nanomaji

Nanomaji, deriving from the words ‘nano’and ‘maji’, the Swahili word for water, was born in Aalto University as part of  a school project. The crucial difference that sets the Nanomaji water filter apart from other water filters is that instead of membrane, the filter uses nanomaterial. No additional resources or devices are necessary to push the water through the filter. All that is needed is gravity.

Wave technology

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Wello

Wave energy makes a splash. Finnish wave energy companies AW-Energy and Wello are harnessing the power of waves to generate electricity. While Wello’s vessel floats on the surface of the water to convert the rocking and rolling motion to energy, AW-Energy’s WaveRoller is installed on the ocean floor below the surface and its fin-like panel converts the back and forth movement of water to electricity.

Text: Sara Vihavainen

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