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
Today, the Volterra team did another round of monitoring visits in Alcover (Tarragona area). We also checked the mine restoration project. Mines are very challenging to restore as there is almost no top soil and just rocks and stones. In this FTI trial with the new Cocoons we managed approx. 85% survival rate and this[…]
On November 22th, Volterra’s teams visited Baltanás (Palencia, Spain) where a plantation of holm oak mycorrhized with black truffle has been carried out with the help of Cocoon. Together with the property manager they evaluated the survival rate of the trees and they compared it with the survival rate of those planted without Cocoon (control[…]
The last few days we visited the different South Catalonia trial sites for the FTI project. Among the visits we saw a previous experiment of April 2015 where we planted almonds with Cocoons. We saw fantastic growth of these almonds. No irrigation nor fertiliser has been given and especially 2017 summer has been brutal here[…]
Over the course of the summer Volterra’s team has monitored the several plantings that were undertaken last Spring. In general good results were obtained. In the pictures some details of the Pla de Santa María plantation in possibly the worst possible conditions: an illegal waste dump that was covered in stones, rock and just very[…]
As was announced recently, we’ve been testing our new automatic waxing line and the results are very promising. Due to IP restrictions we cannot show the video, but production results have been satisfactory. This new element will form an important part of the new FTI Cocoon production setup, in order to not only obtain a[…]
As part of the ongoing improvements of this FTI project we are pleased to announce that the fully automated waxing line for the Cocoons is nearing the end of the manufacturing period. Once it arrives we will do intense testing of the machine. Pictured our old set-up.
After the plantation of oaks with truffles in May, the Volterra planting team in Palencia was asked to find another plot with a different soil type to get more experience with the new FTI Cocoon. We got a request from an old man from Villalman near Shagun, famous stop on the St James Road to[…]
Landlife Company is planting its Cocoons in a number of locations worldwide. The feedback from customers is very important to further improve the product. With the objective to reinforce the lid and reservoir of the Cocoon a new design is currently being tested. New molds (pictured below) arrived.
Over the last few days several hundred Cocoons were planted at the Cantera de Lucas mine (close to Alcover in the southern part of Catalonia). This has arguably been the most challenging trial planting to date due to the very bad terrain, with rocky, sandy and very limited soil structure. The owners of the mine and[…]
In continuation of the planting efforts, this week the plantation of close to 100 trees with the new Cocoons was finished in Pla de Santa Maria. The planting team had to deal with very rough (stoney, construction waste) subsoil, and even had to bring in a special drill to prepare the holes. Given these harsh[…]