About us

Q Power today

Q Power is an innovative company that develops concrete solutions for fighting climate change. Q Power holds patents for multiple technologies related to the efficient production of synthetic fuels, used to replace fossil fuels. The company’s roots and values rise deep from the soil of Qvidja, reminding us to keep our focus on the wellbeing of nature, on concrete solutions and on customer value creation.

Our aim is to become a considerable producer of renewable energy solutions.


Our mission is to provide concrete solutions for fighting climate change.

For us, CO2 is a raw material, to be kept in a closed loop in energy production. We aspire to create a system that is based on conservation, not dependent on fossil energy.


Our vision is to enable an efficient and sustainable energy system. 

We strive towards a net-neutral carbon society. We want to solve the problem of storing renewable energy and help companies replace fossil fuels as well as decrease their CO2 emissions.


Our story begins where microbes have been producing methane for millions of years: in the marshlands. In 2007, professor Erkki Aura collected a culture of microbes and began researching the possibilities of utilizing them in biomethane production.

Over the years, the R&D efforts of professor Aura were joined by co-researchers and current executive team members of Q Power: Anni Alitalo and Marko Niskanen. Another milestone in the product innovation process was reached in 2016, when our primary owners Ilkka Herlin and Saara Kankaanrinta acquired the developed technology.

The journey has been long, and it has demanded a strong vision, plenty of knowledge and know-how, many attempts and failures, a pinch of good luck and a huge amount of patience. The most important part of our story have been our people: passionate to work on a concrete technology to fight climate change.

The Q stands for Qvidja, as our production site and laboratory are currently located at the premises of the Qvidja Research Farm in Parainen, Finland.

The methanation journey begins
Erkki Aura collects the first cultures of methanogenic microbes.
laboratory instruments
R&D work gains momentum
Anni Alitalo and Marko Niskanen join the team. First laboratory-scale methanation trials.
1st generation reactor design complete
A single 1st-generation methanation rector is successfully launched for further development.
ST1 pilot site
Q Power founded
Q Power is founded to commercialize innovations. The first industrial pilot is successfully completed at the ST1 bioethanol plant in Vantaa, Finland.


Our founders and primary owners Saara Kankaanrinta and Ilkka Herlin are veterans in the fight against climate change. They are devoted to working for the health of the Baltic Sea, biodiversity and the climate. Prior to Q Power, they have founded the Baltic Sea Action Group foundation, Soilfood Ltd. and Qvidja Kraft Ltd. Kankaanrinta and Herlin are developing the Qvidja Estate to be self-sufficient in terms of nutrients and energy, while nurturing the farmland to maximize carbon capturing and biodiversity.