Salad grown in a vertical farm.
 Salads grown in iFarm’s vertical farms will be sold under the Moomin brand. Image: iFarm
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DAILY BRIEF: Moomin salads, wind power, edtech, elevators and COVID-19 vaccine production

All the daily Finnish business news that works: iFarm, Moomin Characters, Gasum, New Nordic School KONE and VTT make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki


Gasum enters into a long-term wind power deal, New Nordic School starts an edtech partnership, KONE wins an order in Dubai, iFarm teams up with Moomin Characters, and VTT gives COVID-19 vaccine production a boost. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

Gasum enters into wind power deal with ABO Wind

Four wind turbines on a field.

Finnish energy company Gasum has entered into a long-term wind power purchase agreement with the Finnish subsidiary of ABO Wind, which is building a nine-turbine wind farm with a total output capacity of 40 megawatts in the North Ostrobothnia region of Finland. The deal provides a solid financial basis for the project. Under the 10-year agreement, Gasum will acquire 100 gigawatt hours of energy a year from the wind farm and start to sell the energy to its customers in 2023. Image: Tomi Parkkonen

New Nordic School partners with Kinteract

Girl sitting in classroom holding a tablet.

Finland’s New Nordic School has partnered with Kinteract to co-develop personalised lesson planning and student assessment tools as part of its Smart Learning Platform. The tools will help teachers to plan personalised lessons for their students by minimising the time spent on planning, tracking and organising. The partnership also supports teachers with the shift towards digital education. Image: Unsplash

KONE to equip new luxury residential tower in Dubai

Man working in an elevator shaft.

KONE will supply 17 elevators to B4 Grande, a new high-end residential tower in Opera Downtown District of Dubai, the UAE. The 287-metre and 72-storey high skyscraper will have 882 luxury apartments, as well as amenities and retail space on the promenade level. The apartments will range from one- to four-bedroom units to large penthouses on the top floors, offering residents panoramic views over the Persian Gulf and surrounding areas. Image: KONE

iFarm starts to sell Moomin salads and herbs

Man holding salad packaging with images of Moominmamma.

Finland-based agricultural technology startup iFarm has started collaboration with Moomin Characters that will see salads and herbs grown in its vertical farms sold under the Moomin-Mama Greenhouse brand. The 12 different types of greens, radishes and carrots grown environmentally friendly and without pesticides making up the assortment will appear on the shelves of S-Group and Kesko supermarkets. Image: iFarm

Production of COVID-19 vaccine gets boost from Finland

Laboratory equipment

Biotech company Dyadic International and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have reported making strides in developing a production platform for therapeutic proteins in a fungal strain that has the potential to deliver medicines – including a coronavirus vaccine – to the public sooner and more affordably. Read the full article by clicking the headline. Image: VTT

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