News

Fortum and Aalto University tighten their cooperation

3-year Memorandum of Understanding aims to promote bioeconomy and circular economy.
Aalto-yliopiston rehtori Ilkka Niemelä ja Fortumin toimitusjohtaja Pekka Lundmark allekirjoittavat aiesopimuksen yhteistyöstä 5.4.2019

On 5 April 2019, Ilkka Niemelä, President of Aalto University, and Pekka Lundmark, CEO of Fortum, signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation that will open up new opportunities to promote resource-efficiency and the sustainable use of natural resources.

Research and teaching related to climate change and new solutions for environmental issues play a central role in Aalto University. Aalto has multidisciplinary expertise and world-class research infrastructure for solving research challenges touching renewable biomass as well as inorganic materials and minerals.

"We already cooperate with Fortum in field of bioeconomy and circular economy", says Kristiina Kruus, Dean of the Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering. "Fortum is involved in, for example, the BATCircle consortium led by Aalto, which is a joint project of research organisations and companies and financed by Business Finland. It aims to increase the efficiency in recycling of lithium-ion batteries, improve manufacturing processes of mining and battery industry, and create new business worth at least 5 billion euros in Finland in industrial sectors that produce battery metals and related chemicals", Kruus continues.

Aalto University has committed to promoting sustainable development as part of its research and teaching activities. Solving the grand challenges of sustainable development calls for pioneering multidisciplinary research. To this end, researchers at Aalto are studying new energy solutions and wood-based biomass and products. This includes ecological textiles made by Ioncell technology, microcrystalline cellulose suitable for feed, food and pharmaceutical applications, and various nanocellulose products. Another research topic is the utilisation of digitalisation for improving energy efficiency.

Aalto University sees cooperation with industry as essential. Closer cooperation with Fortum promotes the development of energy-efficient technologies and concepts. It also furthers the quest to find solutions for the recovery, recycling and development of materials, thus decreasing dependency on fossil raw materials. Cooperation can also open new opportunities for students in the form of thesis projects.

"We need to find quick solutions for climate and environmental challenges. Multidisciplinary cooperation is best equipped for that", says Kristiina Kruus.

Further information:

Anne Kosola, Manager, Corporate Relations
Aalto University
[email protected]
Tel. +358 50 596 9395

  • Published:
  • Updated:

Read more news

A group of people walking along the linden alley in summer
Cooperation, Research & Art, University Published:

Strong overall result: 27.5 million euros from the Research Council of Finland

A total of 52 Aalto researchers received Academy Research Fellowship and Academy Project funding. The total funding awarded to Aalto University amounts to 27.5 million euros
A logo. Photo: Mikko Raskinen
Appointments, Cooperation Published:

Introducing three new professors at the School of Electrical Engineering

Assistant Professors Gopika Premsankar and Johannes Arend and Associate Professor (tenured) Marko Kosunen were appointed to the career path of professors during January-June 2024.
Opiskelija Aallossa lukemassa kirjaa
Press releases Published:

Aalto University adds steps to reduce emissions

Aalto University has mapped key measures for reducing climate emissions in all areas of its operations. The greatest reductions will be in energy use and procurement.
Dark-haired woman in dark dress standing outdoors with Otaniemi campus on a summer day
Research & Art Published:

Satu Lähteenoja: ‘Futures thinking and co-design are needed for advancing sustainability transformations'

In the I claim series Satu Lähteenoja shows that the transition arena method increases the understanding of systemic change among civil servants and decision-makers and helps them to think further into the future.