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Innovative water management in Singapore

Singapore has historically suffered from freshwater shortages and water insecurity. In the 2000s the Government of Singapore launched new policies to address this, providing grant funding and support to R&D in public sector and industry, investing in infrastructure to improve water cycle management, including water and wastewater treatment, and raising consumer awareness about water conservation through public information and labelling schemes. This helped increase water independence and establish a thriving and innovative water industry.

The FINO3 Offshore Wind Research Platform

The FINO3 research platform in Germany was developed in order to increase knowledge about offshore wind construction in the North Sea. As a result of Regional, National and EU public grant partial funding for R&D, companies are now better informed about the technical requirements for offshore installations, which has stimulated investment in the region. 

Nordic Innovation Accelerator

An open innovation platform for solving environmental challenges and enhancing the cooperation between large corporations and SMEs

Corporate Venture Programme

Three Finnish enterprise groups are lending their expertise and skills to SMEs. They have enormous amounts of strategic know-how and market knowledge, a sharp nose for business, and the motivation to help small businesses to grow.

Lightweight cars reduce climate impact from traffic

The SÅNÄTT project aimed at establishing novel collaborations when designing new ways of manufacturing cars with reduced vehicle weight and carbon footprint. Cooperation between stakeholders in the automobile industry and academia contributed to new knowledge and methods for product development.

Renovating public housing while increasing energy efficiency and living comfort

The project Brogården has demonstrated a successful way of effectively renovating public housing, increasing both energy efficiency and living comfort. Through the use of a business model that includes sustainability dimensions, and a new way of collaboration (procured partnership) the project was able to create added value for everyone involved.

Grant funding from the city of Stockholm to improve the city’s environmental quality

To stimulate sustainable development, the City of Stockholm allocated one billion to the project “Environmental Billion”, to grant funding to projects within municipal departments and companies, that aimed to improve environmental quality in Stockholm. The project contributed to winning the European Green Capital 2010 award.

Decreasing environmental emissions in commercial shipping by introducing fuel cell technology

Converting energy via chemical reaction into electricity – fuel cells – is a technology to produce energy at reduced emissions. Especially when it comes to reduction of emissions from shipping, fuel cells have been shown to be effective. This was successfully done by the Joint Industry Project FellowSHIP coordinated by the Norwegian Det Norske Veritas (DNV). 

More environmentally friendly fish feed

This project investigates the potential to produce single cell proteins from industrial residual streams from the forest industry, to be used as a part in fish feed. The aim is to replace fish meal, which is often used in fish feed, with a substitute that targets environmental impact reduction.

Trials conducted in the Biorefinery Demo Plant have been successful.

Innovative noise barriers in urban development; a novel application for solar panels

The Noisun project is an effort to reduce noise from road and rail traffic in the city center of Lerum in Sweden, including demonstrating the use of solar panels as noise barriers. Integrating solar collectors in noise barriers decreases noise levels, whilst providing solar energy for the local district heating network.

Developing sustainable production methods and tools to optimise resource consumption in the European food production and processing sector

RESFOOD is a European Union funded project to develop innovative technologies for food cultivation and processing in Europe. The project has achieved promising results and developed new technologies for a resource efficient and safe food chain which will be pilot tested in the food growing and processing industry in Europe. 

24/7 heating and cooling from highly efficient solar collectors

Climatewell offers high efficiency solar energy solutions that also address the problem of the solar energy’s intermittency.

Novel solutions for LED lighting through nano-substitution

Ecospark AB provides a planar light source technology that allows for large area white light sources at a lower cost per lumen to the global lighting industry. The technology is based on ZnO nanowires grown with a wet chemical method at low temperature. The technology is a spinout from Linköping university.

NanoPCM: High performance, low cost, nano-insulation foam with improved LCA

A high performance insulating foam has been developed for building applications by the NanoPCM project. The innovation lies in the encapsulation of Phase Change Materials (PCM) within a polymer matrix with addition of nano materials, the encapsulation being carried out via a zero-waste spray-drying process.