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
Over the last weeks, several videos were made by Volterra’s partner IRIS uav services. The first video shows the activities of reforestation and testing in Campanarios (Salamanca) with partner FNYH. The second one gives a good impression of the visit and planting with Cocoons in Alcover during our recent promotion tour.
On the 15th and 16th of March 2018, a promo tour was organized by Volterra, Landlife and FGW in order to disseminate the great results obtained in the FTI Cocoon project within the H2020 programme. The tour counted with the presence of representatives of companies and NGOs from all over the world (Netherlands, Spain, Chile,[…]
Very instructive day, technology is helping to take ecosystem restoration to the next level! #H2020 FTI Cocoon pic.twitter.com/KNhnI8G9gs — Volterra Ecosystems (@Volterra_ecosys) March 16, 2018
Great day in Alcover checking mine restoration and reforestation projects, masterclass tree planting included! #H2020 FTI Cocoon pic.twitter.com/AEUH7Usi37 — Volterra Ecosystems (@Volterra_ecosys) March 16, 2018
Today, the teams of Landlife Company, Volterra and FGW have met in Barcelona to discuss the final steps of the FTI Cocoon project in their 6th and final SCM. The status of the production process and monitoring of the plantations were explained by the respective partners. Also, an administrative update and planning for the Final[…]
As part of FTI Cocoon project objectives to interest multiple stakeholders for the Cocoon, LandLife Company took part in an international course on restoration of degraded drylands and monitoring of desertification processes in Zaragoza (February 5-12, 2018). On this occasion, a poster presentation was given on the Cocoon-technology to land restoration experts originating from Northern[…]
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[…]