Research and innovations for a cleaner world
We want to drive the transformation towards a low-emissions energy system and optimal resource efficiency. Our mission is to engage our customers and society to drive the change towards a cleaner world. Our role is to accelerate this change by reshaping the energy system improving resource efficiency and providing smart solutions. This way we can deliver excellent shareholder value.
The purpose of our research and development (R&D) is to improve Fortum's competitiveness and to create a basis for new profitable business. Each new development activity is assessed against the criteria of emission reduction and resource-efficiency. Fortum's main research and innovation activities cover technologies for the current energy system as well as technologies and solutions required for the future solar economy. The ultimate goal is to produce energy in the most efficient way and bring environmentally friendly solutions for our end customers.
NURES is an innovation used to clean radioactive liquids and in this way to minimize the amount of radioactive waste. NURES was first developed to be used in Fortum's Loviisa nuclear power plant. So far NURES products have had some 50 to 60 customers worldwide, mostly nuclear power plants. We continue to develop the product further.
Together with our partners, Fortum Bio2X has innovated a way to transform biomass, such as birch, bamboo or straw, into fully sustainable and natural consumer textiles, bio-plastics, biofuels and other valuable end products.
Bio-oil to replace fossil fuels
Fortum Otso bio-oil is produced from wood-based raw materials like forest residues, wood chips and sawdust. Bio-oil is produced using fast pyrolysis technology. Bio-oil replace heavy or light fuel e.g. at heat plants and industrial steam production. A bio-oil plant integrated with Fortum's CHP plant in Joensuu, Finland, was commissioned in autumn 2013.
Developed together with Futurice in cooperation with Boond, and Indian micro grid companies, Solar2Go is expected to offer local solar/micro grid companies an innovative and affordable solution enabling faster and cost effective development, operations, and scaling up of solar energy micro-grids.
Pilot planned to start in March 2018.
In 2017 the Nordic countries' biggest lithium-ion battery storage was installed in conjunction with Fortum's biomass-fired biopower plant in Järvenpää. Electricity production forms that are condition-dependent, such as wind and solar energy, will require more flexibility from the electricity grid in the future. In addition to hydropower, also electricity storage brings flexible regulating power to the electricity system. The flexibility brought by a battery storage enables growth in the use of renewable energy sources. The battery project complements Fortum's research on other future solutions, such as demand response and virtual power plants.
ForEnergy blog: World's oldest and newest energy storage side by side
Digitalization in Nuclear
Rapid development of digitalization boosts efficiency of power plant maintenance, engineering and personnel training. Our goal is to better utilize the opportunities, new technologies and internal innovations presented by digitalization. The rapid development of digitalization also enables improvement to power plant operating and maintenance processes.