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Innovative solutions for increasing efficiency and reducing environmental impacts of future wood supply

Objective

The OnTrack proposal is built around two concepts; (1) The development of a rubber tracked timber forwarder, based on proven technology, with low ground pressure, reduced environmental impacts, high travel speed and appropriate ergonomics, providing increased access to forest resources on soft soils– the OnTrack Forwarder, and (2) The development of an automatic sensor system that monitors and records geo-referenced ground disturbance from forest machines and enables measures to reduce negative environmental impacts – the OnTrack Monitor. At the end of the project, both of these OnTrack innovations will be ready for fully operational testing and limited serial production. It is expected that the innovations will be marketed within three years from the project start.
OnTrack will have positive economic and environmental impacts on the European forest sector. The OnTrack Forwarder will increase machine utilization rates for contractors and contribute to a more consistent wood supply with economic benefits the forest-based value chains. OnTrack will also strengthen the current marked position and open new markets for the involved enterprises. The OnTrack Forwarder reduces the amount of wheel rutting and soil disturbance between 40 and 70%, compared to a conventional forwarder under given conditions. The OnTrack Monitor will be the first operational system that monitors wheel rutting and damage to the soil during forest operations, and will allow forest owners, certification bodies, and policy makers to set thresholds for damages, for adopting improved operation practices, and for efficient amelioration of ruts that have exceeded these thresholds.
Overall, OnTrack will lead to significant improvement in the procurement of ecosystem services such as wood supply, carbon, water and nutrient regulation, biodiversity conservation, and recreation. Hence, the project provides intelligent tools for forest production while keeping the multifunctional role of forest in focus.

Call for proposal

H2020-BB-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-BB-2016-1

Coordinator

NIBIO - NORSK INSTITUTT FOR BIOOKONOMI
Net EU contribution
€ 620 633,12
Address
Hoegskoleveien 7
1430 Aas
Norway

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Region
Norge Oslo og Viken Viken
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 620 633,12

Participants (8)

PONSSE OYJ
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 171 500,00
Address
Ponssentie 22
74120 Vierema

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Region
Manner-Suomi Pohjois- ja Itä-Suomi Pohjois-Savo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 171 500,00
PRINOTH SPA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 266 984,38
Address
Via Brennero 34
39049 Vipiteno

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Region
Nord-Est Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano/Bozen Bolzano-Bozen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 266 984,38
STIFTELSEN SKOGSBRUKETS FORSKNINGSINSTITUT - SKOGFORSK
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 161 062,50
Address
Uppsala Science Park
75183 Uppsala

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Region
Östra Sverige Östra Mellansverige Uppsala län
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 161 062,50
OWREN AS
Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 121 625,00
Address
Paul A. Owrens Veg 30
2607 Vingrom

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Norge Innlandet Innlandet
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 121 625,00
KONSTHOLMEN TB AB
Sweden
Net EU contribution
€ 132 925,63
Address
Konstholmen 110
748 93 Osterbybruk

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Region
Östra Sverige Östra Mellansverige Uppsala län
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 132 925,63
LATVIJAS VALSTS MEZZINATNES INSTITUTS SILAVA
Latvia
Net EU contribution
€ 46 150,00
Address
Rigas Iela 111
2169 Salaspils

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Region
Latvija Latvija Pierīga
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 46 150,00
METSATEHO OY
Finland
Net EU contribution
€ 57 050,00
Address
Vernissakatu 1
01300 Vantaa

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Region
Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 57 050,00
KURATORIUM FUR WALDARBEIT UND FORSTTECHNIK (KWF) GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 83 431,25
Address
Sprembergerstrasse 1
64823 Gross Umstadt

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Darmstadt Darmstadt-Dieburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 83 431,25