About us

How it all began

Our story with microbes begins where they 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 founders of Q Power

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, and prior to Q Power have founded the Baltic Sea Action Group foundation, Soilfood Ltd. and Qvidja Kraft Ltd. They have also been developing their Qvidja Estate to be self-sufficient in terms of nutrients and energy, while nurturing the farmland to maximize carbon-capturing and biodiversity.

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.

Mission

The effects of climate change on the diversity of nature are greatly detrimental. Our mission is to do everything we can to fight climate change and that way prevent the destruction of nature as well as preserve nature’s activity and diversity. The energy sector is a key area in this work.

Vision

Our vision is to enable an energy system that is both efficient and utilizes sustainable resources. We want to solve the problem of storing renewable energy and help companies replace fossil fuels as well as decrease their CO2 emissions.

For us, CO2 is a raw material, and we keep it in a closed loop in our production. We don’t want to see any side streams or waste being underutilized, but rather aspire to create a resourceful system that is not dependent on fossil energy, and is based on conservation.