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ELMERY

Elmery develops the recovery of precious metals from process and wastewater in low concentrations. At present, these precious metals cannot be recovered economically, even though there are nationally and globally significant amounts of such solutions. The method is electrochemical, environmentally friendly, chemical-free and low in energy consumption. Elmery explores the potential for utilization of the method, the business potential, and produces electrochemical know-how, parameter research, optimization, and equipment engineering research relevant to utilization. Elmery's goal is to develop a method for use in commercial business.

More information: https://elmery.fi

Contact: Janne Raula, Innovation advisor (CHEM)

 

H-CEL

H-Cel is a process technology capable of producing cellulose nanocrystals with a gaseous reagent at a very high (> 95%) consistency. In this way, many problems related to the production and processing of nanocellulose can be solved. Existing technologies are based on the use of a liquid acid, in which case the product obtained from the process is usually at a consistency of 1-10%. As a result of such low consistency, the cost of drying and transporting nanocellulose has risen to unsustainable levels. The purification of nanocellulose in these processes is also cumbersome and the recycling of liquid acid is not made profitable. H-Cel solves all these problems: the product is washed with a simple rinse and the recycling of gaseous acid makes the process environmentally friendly.

Nanocellulose has been advertised in many ways as a savior for the forest industry and as a raw material for new, more environmentally friendly products. At the moment, however, the problem is the high price. For example, the production of biodegradable composites to replace plastic with nanocellulose is far too expensive. H-Cel focuses specifically on the decisive calculation of nanocellulose production costs. The scalability and commercialization of H-Cel technology will increase the competitiveness of Finnish industry in the production and application of nanocellulose to new products. At the same time, it is a statement in favor of new, more environmentally friendly technology.

Contact: Janne Raula, Innovation advisor (CHEM)

 

LIGNOSPHERE

Hardened lignin nanospheres (lignosphere) are a new low-cost and environmentally friendly biomaterial that enables the widespread use of lignin in adhesives, coatings and composites. The lignosphere technology developed at Aalto University combines the functionalization of lignin, the self-assembly of nanospheres by solvent exchange and a water-based curing reaction at pH 7. This produces lignin spheres of about 200 nanometers in size, which are highly resistant to solvents and even acidic conditions. Lignospheres enable new lignin-based product families, making the non-cellulose-based biomass of wood efficient. The Finnish forest industry can maximize its profits by adding lignin-based products primarily to its cellulose-based products. Our spearhead product is ligno-ball adhesives that can replace phenol-based adhesives made from fossil raw materials.

More information: https://www.lignosphere.fi

Contact: Janne Raula, Innovation advisor (CHEM)

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