Electricity harvesting trees!
Renewable energy innovation is at the heart of this company.
Scientists at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. have produced what is called to be the first artificial electricity harvesting tree. It can generate small-scale power from solar energy, vibrations, and temperature differentials. It takes the shape of a leaf at only 0.2mm thick, which is manufactured by 3D printing and screen printing. You can charge your phone from 200 of these leaves being capable of 10.4 watts and 3.2 amps.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is a state owned and controlled non-profit limited liability company.
VTT provides research and innovation services and information for domestic and international customers and partners, both in private and public sectors. VTT is part of Finland’s innovation system and operates under the mandate of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. VTT Group has three subsidiary companies: VTT Ventures Ltd, VTT International Ltd and VTT Memsfab Ltd.
VTT has several unique R&D facilities, among them Bioruukki, the largest bioeconomy pilot and research facility in the Nordic countries, PrintoCent, the world’s first pilot factory for printed intelligence and electronics industrialisation, and RoViR, Remote Operations and Virtual Reality Centre.
36% of VTT Group’s revenue comes from the public sector in Finland, 32% from the private sector in Finland and 32% from public and private sectors outside Finland.
The transition to a sustainable economy requires society and companies to be able to increase the value production of material flows, extend the life spans of products and materials and replace fossil-based raw materials with renewable alternatives. VTT areas of expertise include industrial biotechnology and innovative food solutions, biomass processes and products, along with sustainable energy solutions and chemical technology.
VTT has for years been the most active Finnish participant in EU-funded research projects. VTT is engaged in over 400 international public research projects each year. VTT plays a key role in national and international innovation partnerships. 96% of VTT’s customer survey respondents reported that their co-operation with VTT in a project promoted their networking. Over 30% of VTT’s revenues come from public and private sector outside Finland.