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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 .

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Savosolar MPE AI Absorber

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MPE AI Absorber is a new type of direct-flow absorber of a solar collector. In brief, the absorber is a construction inside the collector that absorbs solar radiation and is heated by its influence, whereas the direct flow refers to a structure where liquid flows directly inside the structure absorbs heat instead of separate tubes attached to heat absorbing plates.

Savosolar Ltd is was established only in 2009 and it has already become a significant innovator in the solar energy area. The company produces innovative high efficiency flat plate collectors  and absorbers. The collectors are based on a combination of a direct flow technology, vacuum deposited selective nano-structured multilayer absorption coating. The company's processes and quality systems meet the ISO 9000 standard. Savosolar aims at becoming world technology leader in Solar Thermal Technology in commercial and industrial markets and wishes to contribute to the climate change challenge by using sustainable solar energy.

Savosolar MPE AI Absorber solar collector is a full-aluminium direct-flow absorber with a new type of coating technique (MEMO coating) that gives the product three layers of coating: two made with reactive magnetron sputtering and one with Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapour Deposition technique.  The coating has 96% absorption and 5% emissivity rate, and it can endure as high temperatures as 550 °C remaining stable without the degradation of the optical and mechanical properties.  The absorber is a construction inside the collector that absorbs solar radiation and heats the collector, whereas the direct flow refers to a structure where liquid flows directly inside the structure absorb heat instead of separate tubes attached to heat absorbing plates.

Barriers and Drivers

Drivers: Direct flow absorbers made from copper or aluminium with MEMO coating improve significantly the eiffciency compared to the traditional collectors in the markets. The improved energy production through the lifetime due to the MEMO coating stability in higher temperatures. Also, the Savosolar MEMO  coating works as well on Cu- as on Al-substrate, which opens new opportunities to fully utilize the features of the material and gives customers new choices for the whole system design. Savo-Solar is also well networked as the product development is done together with top class raw material producers and with universities.
Barrier: Continuous challenge for Savosolar is to produce applications that have lower costs but better energy efficiency.

Economic Performance

The Savosolar solar collectors are price-competitive.

Social Performance

The products are very user-friendly: easy to assemble; and they are applicaple and easy on the eye as there is a good selection of applications (also in colours). Also, solar radiation is free and thus the expenses are mainly investments in the equipment.

Environmental Impact

Absorber design and coating are improving heat transfer 20% compared with traditional desing and the product is economical through out its lifecycle. It can help to battle climate change by finding a more sustainable yet effective ways to solve energy shortage problems.

Further Information

www.savosolar.fi

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