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Expected results

The overall objective of the project is to develop and demonstrate a, non existent, new logistic chain for the biomass from pruning residues.

To achieve this global objective, the specific objectives listed as follows are presented within the execution of the project

Assessment of fuel quality properties for pruning biomass
  • Methodology for sampling and testing of biomass properties and quality parameters.
  • Quality of pruning residues as feedstock for energy production at each step of the supply chain.
  • Guidelines and best practices for evaluating pruning residues along the whole value chain.
Harvesting methods and machinery
  • Benchmarking of the current harvesting methods of permanent crop prunings.
  • Mapping of the EU27 pruning potential.
  • Prototype of machinery to harvest and chip pruning reducing time and costs
  • Prototype of machinery to harvest and bale pruning reducing time and costs
  • Recommendations on the management of large storages of piled biomass.
  • Best practices for open air storage attending to environmental, economic, safety and biomass quality concerns.
Transport and integrated logistics
  • Traceability system on the pruning logistic to assure the quality.
  • Users and logistics operators demands for the optimisation of wood pruning logistics.
  • GIS based decision making tool for logistic operators to reduce logistics costs and optimise environmentally and economically the transport.
  • GPS/GPRS system mounted on truck to assist driver to find storage and delivery points and for best route tracing.
Demonstration and validation
  • Prototypes performance under real condition operation as compared to baseline
  • Main results and lessons learned from the demos
  • Roadmap for improvements in the logistic of prunings
Soil management
  • Organic matter and nutrient balances in permanent crop agro-systems.
  • Report with recommendations for wood prunings utilisation for sustainable soil management.
Environmental, economic and social impacts
  • Assessment of sustainable pruning potentials in Europe
  • Logistics cost in the whole value chain of biomass and model of costs available in the webpage.
  • Best practices for a sustainable and sound utilization of wood prunings as biomass feedstock
  • Environmental and economic evaluation of the supply chain
  • Social impact including outputs, impacts and SROI analysis
Business models, dissemination and exploitation
  • Review the current market trends on biomass.
  • Exploitation plan including: valorisation, SWOT analysis, exploitation roadmaps and value innovation analysis of individual projects results.
  • Business models for market take-up and safeguard the value of project results.
  • Political advocacy including advices for policy makers, focusing on measures to implement and improved the new logistic on prunings.
  • Effective branding of EuroPruning and disseminate key results targeting policy maker authorities, investors, professionals, land owners and researchers.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 312078
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