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

D2 Study report of the local community feedback

D2 After Life Communication Plan

E1 Green Procurement Report

E1 After-Life plan