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Vacuum Insulation Solutions aims to make construction super sustainable

Vacuum Insulation Solutions Oy is a company that was founded in Helsinki, Finland in 2021. The company provides carbon neutral construction solutions for extreme environments based on VIS, which allows them to build more environmentally friendly construction materials that are long-lasting, upgradeable and resistant to moisture. Since their technology is suitable for humid environments, the first products from this technology are wooden vertical farm buildings that are mainly made for urban farmers.

Being carbon neutral is becoming more and more important in all areas today. This is especially true for construction since most of the buildings that we have are usually made out of concrete, plastic and other materials that are not exactly the best for the environment. Vacuum Insulation Solutions Oy has been founded by people who understand this fact and want to do something against the deterioration of our environment.

The Past And The Future Of The Team

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The story of VIS Vacuum Insulation Solutions

The story starts in 2015 when Pasi Herranen started thinking about creating energy efficient, moisture resistant and sustainable construction materials by combining wood engineering with vacuum insulation. After working on developing this new technology for almost three years, he decided it was time to move on to the commercialization phase in 2017 and contacted Orvokki Ihalainen and Panu Miettinen, two of his economist’s friends, to join the project. Together they created the business plans and then the project joined Aalto University in 2018. With Teppo Toivonen, who has a long history in the food business and has been working with startups for 10 years, joining the project in 2019, they had a solid team and a promising plan.

Thinking about food production with a holistic view, now the team has combined VIS with the best smart data and plant cultivation solutions to create a ground-breaking new technology. Their vision for the future with this technology is to make urban farming simple, profitable, and more environmentally friendly for everyone all across the world.

From Helsinki To The Whole World

Right now the company is operating in Helsinki and is aiming to enable the city’s people to grow and get access to local food that is cultivated through sustainable means. They have already planned a vertical farming project for Helsinki and have discussed their solutions with the city’s representatives. Also, through the Urban Tech Helsinki program, they took part in good workshops and made a lot of valuable connections. Moreover, they got so much help from Urban Tech Helsinki’s advisors on areas such as IPR and valuation.

The team is planning to build their first international vertical farm that is built with VIS, preferably in a very warm country, as their main goal for 2022. Following this, they want to get projects from all over the world and to make their technology the standard method in creating vertical farms. In order to achieve their bold aims, the team is in need of investors with a long-term vision and creative minds who have experience in fields such as construction tech, vertical farming, data solutions, who can help them bring these goals into life.

This article was created in paid collaboration with Urban Tech Helsinki project.

Jan Ameri
Jan Ameri
Entrepreneur-by-heart – and by actions since 1998. Being an expert in spotting new opportunities and creating new concepts, Jan has been a partner or co-founder in seven different companies in various industries. In the early 2000’s he was pioneering some of the very first WAP, SMS, and interactive TV based wireless games and fantasy sports games in the Nordic countries. Jan loves to watch Shark Tank and The Profit in his free time. And he is an FC Barcelona fan.

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