A1.D1 Requirements and limitations over the current PLA twine for hop growing sector
This document outlines the plant guiding systems, their usage in protected and outdoor crops and typical requirements. Compostable twine guides based on man-made polymers have been in use now for the best part of a decade whilst their adoption and particulars with regards to their development and end of life options are discussed. The Elite BIO twine, made by Lankhorst, is now used worldwide in protected crops.
A1.D2 Protocols for the collection and sorting of hop waste defined
After harvest of hops beside the hop cones, we get also a huge amount of biomass that is left behind (leaves and stems). The process of harvesting the hops involves removing the entire hop plants from the fields. This post-harvest hop biomass provides a valuable source of organic mass and nutrients.
A1.D3 Regulations and protocols on modified hop-waste components defined
Zelfo Technology (ZT) has experience with a vast spectrum of new, post consumer/industrial, and Agro-based lignocellulose fibre. They processed fibre functions as an end product in itself (composite) or as a component in a 3rd party product. Dry fibre to moisture quantity of received source fibres is between 25% and 70% dry content dependent on source fibre qualities and desired end result. Hops stalks can be delivered to the ZT processing plant anywhere along this spectrum dependent on the extent of the current or extended objectives of the BioThop project.
B1 Hop fibre sheets optimization and production
B1 Hop fibre reinforced composite optimization and production
B1 Complete quality analyses & guidelines for on-site hop biomass composting process
B2 Report on modified PLA twine, specifically adapted to the hop growing industry
B2 Validation report on novel PLA twine performances from hop field experiments
B2 Certification that produced BioTHOP twines are biodegradable in industrial and if proven possible with an improved recipe, on site composting
B3 Report on the adaptation of hop waste fiber materials to pulp moulding process
B3 Report on waste hop fibre moulded box insert demonstrator for packaging applications
B3 Certification that produced BioTHOP trays are biodegradable
B4 Report on optimal formulation of hop waste fiber reinforced PLA for injection moulding
B4 Report on planting pot demonstrators for horticulture applications
B4 Certification that produced BioTHOP planting pots are biodegradable/industrially compostable
B5 Guidelines for replication the BioTHOP twining methodology in other EU regions
B5 Guidelines for transferring the BioTHOP materials to other industrial sectors
B5 Replicability and transferability plan defined
B5 Final report on industrialisation plan of the resulted BioTHOP solutions
B5 Replication and/or Transfer Strategy
D1 Layman report released
D1 Life Information Boards documented and reported for the public feedback
D2 Stakeholders plan defined
The Local Stakeholders Plan is prepared to effectively disseminate and communicate the project to all relevant stakeholders and target audience. The development of the Local Stakeholders Plan is based on the main objectives of the project implementation, but also on the requirements set by the EU funded, LIFE BioTHOP project and aims at: – Raising awareness and disseminate the project results at local, regional and international level and boost the involvement of stakeholders during and after the project execution. – Providing the results and deliverables of the project available to the stakeholders, the wider general public and to the mass media.