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Optimization of the production line of an innovative biodegradable water reservoir to be applied in efficient landscape-scale ecosystem restoration plans

Optimization of the production line of an innovative biodegradable water reservoir to be applied in efficient landscape-scale ecosystem restoration plans

Objective

Global land resources are under pressure in the face of growing demand from an exponentially growing population and the impacts of climate change. The numbers demonstrate that we are wasting our natural capital at an accelerating pace. The time to act is now, by initiating large scale land restoration programs involving tree plantings. The ecosystem restoration market is globally estimated at US $300 billion.

Towards this goal we have developed a unique, fully functional product (TRL 7), called ‘Cocoon’, to promote tree establishment in dryland environments. Acting as a tree incubator the Cocoon nourishes tree seedlings, resulting in high survival rates and increased resilience to adverse growing conditions, while maintaining water efficiency.

The scope of this FTI is to prototype an innovative manufacturing line in the EU with the following objectives:
1. Reach a production capacity of 1 million Cocoons per year
2. Achieve a production output of 125 units per hour (as compared to 40 units in status quo)
3. Reduce the manufacturing costs per Cocoon from €5 (currently) to €1 (target costs)
4. Reduce energy consumption by 50% & manufacture with 100% recycled energy from waste heat, solar heat and PV
5. Integrate local agriculture waste materials or grasses in the product

When production cost can go down to €1, completely new, large-scale markets will open up. Our project will stimulate private sector investment in land regeneration projects and promote trans-disciplinary research & innovation (industrial design, organic waste recycling, biomass, renewable energy). Our sustainable innovations address societal needs of restoring degraded areas, especially in times of increasing pressures from climate change. They also create a viable business opportunity for the private tree planting sector (forestry companies, fruit & nut producers, etc.). FTI Cocoon is highly business-driven and clearly demonstrates a realistic potential for quick deployment and market take-up.
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Coordinator

FGW FASERGUSSWERK POLENZ GMBH

Address

Am Hartpappenwerk 10
01844 Neustadt

Germany

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 242 593,75

Participants (2)

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LAND LIFE COMPANY BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 670 468,75

VOLTERRA ECOSYSTEMS SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 152 250

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 700615

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2016

  • End date

    31 March 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.

H2020-EU.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 521 875

  • EU contribution

    € 1 065 312,50

Coordinated by:

FGW FASERGUSSWERK POLENZ GMBH

Germany