April 2013
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Metso’s First Tissue Technology Award Winners for Energy-Saving Innovations Selected

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In line with its ambition to provide sustainable solutions for the tissue making industry, Metso established a Tissue Technology Award. The purpose is to promote university students’ or scientists’ work to develop environmentally sound products applicable to the tissue making processes. The first winners have now been selected by a panel of jurors.

"Very thorough work was conducted to go through all of the applications and we ended up with two innovations of equally high quality. Therefore we have decided that the first award will be split between two winners," reveals Anders Björn, VP, Tissue Machines technology unit, Metso.

The total prize of $25,000 will be shared between Alina Hagelqvist, PhD student at Karlstad University, Sweden, and Jinsong Tao, PhD and associate professor at State Key Laboratory of pulp and paper engineering at South China University of Technology. Hagelqvist is awarded for her work focused on sludge wastewater treatment in the pulp and paper industry. The work shows the potential of improved utilization of sludge for biogas production by optimized solid retention time in the biological process. 

Tao is awarded for his extensive work in the development of models and methods for improved energy utilization for the Chinese paper industry. He has applied his extensive experience and has shown a genuine interest for sustainable development, Metso notes.

"Sustainable development is a crucial issue for the tissue industry globally and it takes a wide perspective and open minds to explore new areas for innovation. Both of these innovations are well in line with Metso’s strategy for sustainable development," says Marco Marcheggiani, VP, Tissue Mills business unit, Metso. "With this award, we hope to attract people outside of our own organization to participate in the important work of creating sustainable solutions for the future of tissue making."

The Tissue Technology Award will be given every second year starting 2013.

Detailed information about the Metso Tissue Technology Award, including application regulations, can be found online.



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