FTI Cocoon is co-funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme under Grant Agreement 700615.
MITIGATING CLIMATE CHANGE
Global land resources are under pressure in the face of growing demand from an exponentially growing population and the impacts of climate change. The time to act is now, by initiating large-scale land restoration programs involving tree planting.
Land Life Company’s ‘Cocoon’ promotes tree establishment in dryland environments. Acting as a biodegradable tree incubator, it nourishes tree seedlings, resulting in high survival rates and increased resilience to adverse growing conditions, while maintaining water efficiency.
When production cost can go down, 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.
TAPPING INTO NEW MARKETS
Our sustainable innovations address societal needs of restoring degraded areas and create a viable business opportunity for the private tree planting sector around the world.
The concept for the FTI Pilot is to design, build and test a pilot production line in which the current processes are combined in one production line which will be optimized (energy/ water/ manpower/ speed of production) and fully integrated (automization).
Our goal is to keep technology and IP in the EU but create modular production units that can be applied across the globe for more efficient use of locally available resources and to reduce transportation costs.
We will be the frontrunner in this industry with a well-defined product on a market that is growing. Investing in nature (restoration) is a growing business and in many countries becoming mandatory for companies impacting the environment ('Polluter Pays' principle).
Maximize production output of units per hour
Reduce the manufacturing costs drastically per Cocoon
Reduce energy consumption & manufacture with 100% renewable energy
Integrate local agriculture waste materials or grasses in the product
LAND LIFE COMPANY
Last January 12-13th, the FTI Cocoon partners met once again in Amsterdam for the first meeting of 2017. Together they were able to discuss the latest innovation developments and the preparations for the operation of the first pilot production plant at Fasergusswerk’s premises in Germany. Partners were pleased to see that activities and tasks are[…]
On the 12-14 of October, Land Life Company rented a stand at the Expo Forestal trade fair in Guadalajara, Mexico. Expo Forestal is held every two years and is specially designed for the forestry sector community. Visitors and participants take advantage of the opportunity to do business and speed up their companies’s growth through networking with forestry industry professionals who[…]
On Friday, September 16th, representatives of Land Life Company, Fasergusswerk Polenz and Volterra Ecosystems met once again in Barcelona to discuss the developments in the FTI Cocoon project. During the morning, they vistited previous Cocoon planting sites in Alcover, Tarragona to monitor and discuss the Cocoon’s performance. The results were positive and enlightening, since now[…]
On Aug 23rd Franz Jaeger (FGW) and Harrie Lövenstein (LLC) visited the test location in Germany where components for automated Cocoon production are developed. One of the considerations is to incorporate robotics into the production process to bring down human intervention and thus cost. Stay tuned for updates on this issue.
Today team members of Volterra met with Harrie Lovenstein of LLC to discuss the possibilities for incorporating certain materials from Spanish agro sources into the new Cocoons. For now it was decided to go ahead with the proposed 4 sources as mentioned earlier. Samples will be collected and sent to FGW to investigate their qualities[…]
Following the periodical FTI-meeting in June, representatives of LLC and FGW met up again at the production and testing facility in Polenz/Bischofwerda. Analyzing a number coating experiments regarding water tightness, opportunities for automated production were explored. Although preliminary results look promising other options remain open. Hence possibilities were discussed for a flexible production line setup,[…]
The team of Volterra has been exploring several agricultural fields in Catalonia over the last few weeks. The objective is to find sources of agrowaste in large quanties available and with the correct characteristics (especially presence of useful of fibers, i.e. their length and distribution; presence of pollutants such as protein, sugars; and lignin contents) to[…]
On June 2nd & 3rd, the partners of the FTI Cocoon project met at Fasergusswerk‘s (FGW) premises in Polenz to carry out the second General Assembly Meeting. After dinner on Thursday, they met Friday morning to discuss the project’s progress so far and the upcoming activities according to the expected schedule. The partners were able to[…]
On March 10th, Egbert Sonneveld and Sven Kallen, co-founders of Volterra Ecosystems visited Fundación Naturaleza y Hombre’s biological reserve located in the Campanarios de Azaba, outside Salamanca, Spain. Guided by the NGO’s president himself, Carlos Sánchez, Volterra was able to get a special guided tour of the remarkable reserve and its ambitious endeavours. This reserve[…]
On February 22nd-23rd, partners of the FTI Cocoon project met in the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam to officially kick-off the start of the European Commission co-funded project, part of the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation financing programme. The FTI Cocoon (under Grant Agreement nº 700615) focuses on the optimization of the production line of[…]