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The eco-innovation landscape in Finland has been remaining quite stable over the last years. Importantly, Finland is still ranked as one of the most innovative countries in the world. Finnish eco-innovation continues to benefit from a well-developed innovation system, open economy, and close collaboration between industry, academia and national research organisations.

Energy efficiency and circular economy have been established as key high-level policy priorities, and related national and regional initiatives are manifold. Both start-ups and established companies generate technologies, products and services in several sectors relevant to eco-innovations and the circular economy. Applications range from a mobile app designed to rescue leftover food from restaurants to pioneering energy management solutions and transformative products based on material recycling.

One of the most important policy developments is the inclusion of circular economy as a priority in the Strategic Programme of the Finnish Government from 2016 onwards. The Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy also published the Strategy to Promote Cleantech Business in Finland in 2014, which continues to guide policymaking and business initiatives. Other important strategies and programmes relevant to eco-innovations and the circular economy include the Finnish Bioeconomy Strategy (2014), the Finnish Material Efficiency Programme (2014), and the new Circular Economy focus area (2016) in Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund.

The main challenges for eco-innovation in the country are associated with the weak national economy and decreasing public and private research and development  (R&D) spending .

2015 Eco-innovation Scoreboard ranking and eco-innovation index composites for Finland

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New more efficient and sustainable wind turbine tower

Ruukki has developed a long-lasting and recyclable concept for special steel products that are light and cost-effective. In 2010, the company began to apply its sustainable steel concept on development of wind power farms, and it developed a new type of wind turbine tower solution that enables higher hub heights – available from 100 to 160 metres increasing the energy output by 40-50%.

Ruukki (Rautaruukki Corporation) was established already in 1960, and it has developed a long expertise in construction and engineering solutions with strong know-how in special steels. The company has a wide-range of solutions and services relating to lighter structures, lower energy costs and efficient energy production. The company has operations in around 30 countries, and it has integrated the principles of sustainable development and corporate responsibility as an integral part of  the business.

Ruukki's steel products are high strength and wear resist that are light, recyclable and have short construction times. The R&D activities of the company are concentrated on energy efficiency and productivity, which have resulted in wind turbine towers. The tower is built with open, lattice structure that is light, more energy-efficient and easy to dismantle and re-use.

Barriers and Drivers

Drivers: The wind turbine towers can be benefited also by inland wind conditions due to its variable heights and the higher towers are more efficient . The solution is a non-stop consisting of tower design, foundation, steel structure, erection, tower maintenance and recycling.

Economic Performance

Cost-efficient: long life-cycle, high quality and energy-efficient but reasonably priced.

Social Performance

Lattice structure is easier on the eye as it blends better in environment.

Environmental Impact

The light and recyclable structure contributes to raw material savings through the cradle-to-cradle concept as well as to fuel savings in logistics. It is also more energy-efficient (higher energy output and less energy consuming to produce than heavier structures), and thus produces less CO2 emissions. 

Further Information

http://www.ruukki.com/Products-and-solutions/Infrastructure-solutions/Wind-towers#tab1

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