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
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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[…]
Rasquera is a small village in the south-west part of Catalonia, located in a very dry area with increasing problems due to the effect of climate change (less but more intense rainshowers, for example last year they suffered a period with more than 5 months without any rain). In a forest area that burned down[…]
Today, the Volterra team finished planting at the slopes of the new Lérida-Jaca highway and continued with an inspection of one of the other areas to be planted in El Pla de Santa María (Tarragona province). After several (previous) meetings with mayor Mateu Montserrat i Miquel, Volterra decided to restore an area next to[…]
The Volterra team is currently supporting a large Spanish construction company in its efforts to stabilise some slopes of the new Lérida-Jaca highway with Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis). These type of restoration activities are expensive due to the high mortality rate of the young saplings and high maintenance costs (manual rounds of irrigation are required). If[…]
This week the Volterra staff in Palencia began planting to complement the trials in Catalonia as mentioned in other articles. The idea is to trial the new Cocoons also in other environments and Palencia is an interesting case given the intense summers (high temperatures and often 3 to 4 months without rain) and very arid, compacted soils. In this experiment[…]
This week we kicked off our first FTI planting at the famous Alvaro Palacios winery in Gratallops, Catalonia. Here we did a first exercise of about 100 Cocoons for interplanting (replacing dead vines). These wineries spend a lot of time and resources on watering the new plants and are very curious as to whether the[…]
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[…]