The demand and supply of solar energy is growing at a brisk pace in Finland, with many new solar energy construction projects underway. Many new companies and jobs are expected in the sector in the near future.
“We are close to a breakthrough, very large scale solar energy solutions are breaking through globally. Many major markets are close to the moment when they are managing on market terms,” said Wim Sinke, chairman of the Energy research Centre of the Netherland, at a recent seminar organised by Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation.
Cencorp, a Finnish company producing laser and industrial automation solutions, will start supplying photovoltaic modules and their circuit boards and production automation equipment following its acquisition of Sunweb Solar’s photovoltaic module business. Cencorp is also planning to establish a photovoltaic module factory in Finland that is expected to start production in 2014. At full capacity the factory’s turnover will exceed EUR 50 million and Cencorp believes that it will already get its first orders in 2013, according to Cencorp’s CEO Iikka Savisalo.
Solar energy innovations
Many new solar energy solutions have been developed as part of Tekes’ Functional Materials Programme, such as solar heat collectors for different applications and protective surfaces for solar panels. The Finnish companies Savosolar and Polarsol specialize in solar heat collectors and have already started industrial production in Finland.
The Finnish company Beneq has developed innovations in coating technologies, including roll-to-roll atomic layer deposition (ALD) and high-yield atmospheric aerosol coating, which make it possible produce protective coatings for solar panels and flexible electronics both efficiently and cost-effectively. Aurubis Finland has introduced a solution where solar heat collectors can be placed as an architectonic part of a building’s copper façade.
The City of Espoo is introducing solar energy in the Espoo hospital, campuses, daycare buildings and schools. It has also created an Internet application for people to examine the solar energy potential of their homes and other existing roof surfaces.
Source: Tekniikka & Talous