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Energy Cluster North Savo

North Savo region is witnessing the establishment of an extensive energy cluster in support of machine and metal industry, the key industrial sector and a major smart specialization focus in the region, with the objective to improve the international growth potential of businesses in the energy sector through innovation, services of research institutions and product development.

The cluster will be established during 2020 -2021 in a project aimed at building an RDI ecosystem for North Savo Energy Technology funded by the Regional Council of North Savo.

Main actors in the project are:

  • Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Varkaus Energy Technology Unit
  • University of Eastern Finland, Fine Particle and Aerosol Technology Laboratory
  • Navitas Business Services, Varkaus
  • Approximately 20 businesses in energy sector (also new companies are accepted to the project)


Savonia University of Applied Sciences

Savonia is a multi-disciplinary university of applied sciences with campuses in Iisalmi, Kuopio and Varkaus. Savonia’s main duties comprise education, research, development and innovation (RDI) activities as well as business activities.

Savonia’s energy technology education and RDI activities have been concentrated in the Varkaus campus, where engineers are educated in a Finnish language programme. In addition, Varkaus educates Masters of Energy Engineering in an English language programme.

The Energy Research Centre in Savonia’s Varkaus campus provides a range of services for businesses, for example RDI relating to environmentally friendly combustion.

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University of Eastern Finland

Established in 2010 out of a merger of universities of Kuopio and Joensuu, the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) has campuses in Kuopio and Joensuu. With its approximately 15.500 students and 2.500 staff, the university collaborates closely with research institutions and businesses. Builders of open innovation ecosystems, we are dedicated to generating business particularly in Eastern Finland.

Energy technology is part of the research and education profile area of the university; environmental change and sustainable use of natural resources. Key RDI themes include emissions of energy technology, battery technologies and circular economy.

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Navitas Business Services

Navitas Business Services provides a comprehensive range of services from a single location for entrepreneurs throughout the lifespan of their business. Our services are intended for businesses already operating in the Varkaus region as well as for those planning to locate here.

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