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Zero-impact innovative technology in forest plant production

Objective

The UN General Assembly has proclaimed 2011 as the International Year of Forests, since they play a crucial role in regulating the global climate and are also a vital resource for many countries
By the European side, the Commission Green Paper “On forest protection and information in the EU: preparing forests for climate change” [COM(2010)66] underlines that forests serve multiple and interrelated social, economic and environmental functions, often at the same time and place”; forests are one of the main natural resources in the world.
Zephyr aims to introduce an innovative technology build on pre-cultivation of forest regeneration materials in a zero-impact and cost friendly production unit, not affected by outdoor climate and with LED lights providing an optimal spectrum for the photosynthesis. Light intensity, photo-period and further parameters will be automatically regulated by a control system that receives data from several sensors, while the energy will be provided by solar panels
The project will integrate these technologies into a functional system for large scale production of pre-cultivated forest regeneration materials adapted to transplanting and further growth at forest nurseries all over Europe
The new integrated technology will make a drastic change to state-of-the-art in forest nursery production for reforestation purposes: apart from being more resource-efficient, it will also contribute to the environmental protection through: biodiversity defending, water recycling, strong reduction of fertilizers and avoidance of pesticides.
Moreover, it will allow a CERTIFIED and STANDARDISED production of reforestation materials, with a noticeable increasing of the efficiency of the reforestation operations.
Zephyr will focus on the interplay between several different innovative technologies, models and procedures. The exploitation of the results will strongly improve the competitiveness of the participating SMEs

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/botany

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2012-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA TUSCIA
Address
Via S Maria In Gradi 4
01100 Viterbo
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 450 500
Administrative Contact
Bartolomeo Schirone (Prof.)

Participants (13)

DIMOKRITIO PANEPISTIMIO THRAKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 220 000
Address
Panepistimioupoli Rectorate Building
69100 Komotini
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kalliopi Radoglou (Prof.)
CO.MET.ART. SAS DI MENTA ADRIANO, MENTA STEFANO & C.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 163 150
Address
Via Lazzaro Belli Snc
00044 Frascati
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Adriano Menta (Mr.)
VALOYA OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 296 800
Address
Lauttasaarentie 54
00200 Helsinki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lars Aikala (Mr.)
ROBOSOFT Services Robots
France
EU contribution
€ 256 000
Address
45 Allée Théodore Monod - Technopole Izarbel
64210 Bidart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Aubert Carrel (Mr.)
VIVAI TORSANLORENZO SOCIETA AGRICOLA SEMPLICE DI MARGHERITI MARIO EC
Italy
EU contribution
€ 149 300
Address
Via Campo Di Carne 51
00040 Tor San Lorenzo Ardea Rm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elisabetta Margheriti (Mrs.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 268 094
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)
RISE ACREO AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 312 320
Address
Box 1070
164 25 Kista
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Cristina Rusu (Prof.)
HOGSKOLAN DALARNA
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 317 600
Address

791 88 Falun
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anders Mattsson (Prof.)
VELTHA IVZW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 242 472
Address
Hofkensstraat 3
3080 Tervuren
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Silvia Giannisi (Mrs.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELL'INSUBRIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 191 200
Address
Via Ravasi 2
21100 Varese
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Donato Chiatante (Prof.)
ADVANTIC SISTEMAS Y SERVICIOS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 247 600
Address
C Zurbano 83 Escalera Izquierda 3A
28003 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jose De Las Heras (Mr.)
SOCIEDADE DE GESTAO AMBIENTAL E CONSERVACAO DA NATUREZA - AZORINA SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 184 800
Address
Rua De Sao Lourenco 23
9900 401 Horta Ilha Do Falal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Josè Simas (Mr.)
EXERGY LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 138 416
Address
Puma Way The Technocentre Coventry University Technology Park
CV1 2TT Coventry
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alberto Gomez (Dr.)