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SmartBio – Smart Systems in Biotechnology

Developing responsible raw material production and the circular economy with industry

We are developing solutions for a green industrial transition. Our aim is to find ways to bio-based raw material production and a sustainable bio-cycle economy.

Our strong practical expertise in the bioeconomy, business objectives and solutions that enable digital transformation meet in the research environments of the SmartBio key ecosystem – for example in industry, forests, greenhouses and in the primary sources of food production in fields.

Our specific expertise includes production technologies for bio-based raw materials, the use of side and waste streams, and application development enabled by modern biotechnology. We work with the food, materials and energy industries. Long-term research and fast-track practical projects help companies to move forward with product development.

We believe that the transformation of the bioeconomy and circular economy will come from the use and development of digital technologies. We generate research-based knowledge on sustainable solutions and create new business opportunities from the early stages of production to finished products and consumers. At the core of our operations are the expertise of HAMK’s specialists in different fields and the needs of industry and society.

Come and do research with us. You’re here to make a change.

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Our ongoing projects

BioColour – Colour palette for bio-based dyes and pigments

BioColour Colour palette for bio-based dyes and pigments Project info ProjectBioColourDuration6/2019-8/2025ImplementorHelsingin yliopisto, Itä-Suomen yliopisto, Aalto-yliopisto, Hämeen ammattikorkeakoulu, Luonnonvarakeskus Luke, Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT, North Carolina State University, Campinasin yliopistoFundingSuomen Akatemia, strategisen tutkimuksen neuvostoBudgetHankkeen budjetti The BioColour research project is developing new methods for the production and use of bio-colourants. The current dye industry uses mostly synthetic…

BioKanta – Carbon-wise biogas and nutrients for circulation in Kanta-Häme

BioKanta Carbon-wise biogas and nutrients for circulation in Kanta-Häme Project information ProjectCarbon-wise biogas and nutrients for circulation in Kanta-HämeDuration1.1.2023 – 31.12.2025PartnersHäme University of Applied Sciences,Natural Resources Institute FinlandFundingERDF (European Regional Development Fund) via Regional Council of Häme.Budget450 000 € The aim of the BioKanta project is to promote the successful implementation of biogas investments in…

Padi peltomaisemassa

Digi4CSA – Digital Solutions to Foster Climate-smart Agricultural Transition

Digi4CSA Digital Solutions to Foster Climate-smart Agricultural Transition Project Information ProjectDigi4CSA – Digital Solutions to Foster Climate-smart Agricultural TransitionDuration2023-2025PartnersFinnish Meteorological Institute, University of Helsinki, Aalto University, Häme University of Applied SciencesFundingResearch Council of Finland, Special RRF funding for research on key areas of green and digital transitionBudgetTotal budget 2.8 million euros, of which HAMK’s share…

Aluskasvillisuutta ja sammaleikkoa mäntymetsässä

FUN-C

FUN-C Project information ProjectFun-CDuration01.09.2022 – 30.08.2025PartnersHäme University of Applied SciencesFundingResearch Council of FinlandBudget Soils in northern forests are important for carbon storage. Even small changes in the amount of ground respiration and carbon released from the ground can significantly change carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere. As the climate warms, growing seasons are predicted to…

Multaista kynnöspeltoa ja metsää taustalla

Hiiltä ja kasvua Etelä-Suomen savipelloille, HIKKA

HIKKA Carbon and growth for the clay fields of Southern Finland Project Information ProjectCarbon and growth for the clay fields of Southern Finland (HIKKA)Duration01/2022 – 10/2024PartnersHäme University of Applied Sciences, Natural Resources Institute Finland, ProAgria Etelä-Suomi ryFundingMinistry of Agriculture and Forestry of FinlandBudget653 981 € The HIKKA project supports and guides farmers in the selection…

KIITO – Renewing business with circular economy know-how

KIITO Renewing business with circular economy know-how Project Information ProjectKIITO – Renewing business with circular economy know-howDuration1.2.2023-31.1.2025PartnersHäme University of Applied SciencesuLAB University of Applied SciencesHäme TE servicesFundingHäme ELY Center Budgetapprox. 550 000 € The project takes the first systematic steps to develop companies’ new circular economy business models by utilizing the opportunities provided by digitalization…

Kotimaiset Bioraaka-aineet terveys- ja hyvinvointituotteissa (FarKos)

FarKos Domestic bio-raw materials in health and wellness products Project Information ProjectDomestic bio-raw materials in health and wellness products (FarKos)Duration1.1.2023–30.6.2025PartnersHäme University of Applied Sciences,University of Helsinki,Laurea University of Applied SciencesFundingEuropean Union, Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council and Regional Council of Häme.Budget620 999 € (HAMK 326 653 €) We develop and study methods for processing domestic side streams…

LUOVAMIX

LuoVaMix Improving yield stability and climate sustainability of organic farming by mixed cropping and autumn sown protein crops Project information ProjectImproving yield stability and climate sustainability of organic farming by mixed cropping and autumn sown protein cropsDuration1.3.2022-15.11.2024PartnersNatural Resources Institute Finland (coordinator), Häme University of Applied Sciences, University of Helsinki, The Finnish Organic Research InstituteFundingMinistry of…

OPTIMA: Optimization of Circular Economy Material Flow Logistics

OPTIMA Optimization of Circular Economy Material Flow Logistics Project Information ProjectOptimization of Circular Economy Material Flow Logistics – OPTlMADuration1.5.2023-30.4.2025PartnersHAMK Smart -Research Unit & HAMK Design Factory FundingEuropean Regional Development FundAction Line2 – Carbon Neutral FinlandSpecific Objective2.3 – Promoting the Transition to Circular EconomyBudget298 605 € of which EU funding 209 016 € OPTIMA aims for…

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