Short description: Lignocellulosic materials have been identified as a potential raw material for new bio-refineries producing sustainable products such as textiles, plastics, composites and emulsions. Because the natural habitat for reed is on wetland, a design for harvesting and collection machinery is needed.
Market potential: Harvesting globally widely spread, invasive reed on wetlands will improve the natural habitat by increasing biodiversity, removing nutrients from water systems and will replace fossil based materials.
Timing: Design and concept for harvesting equipment is needed 1-2years. The challenge includes the weather conditions in Scandinavia and North-America during harvesting season from September until April.
Desired result: A new concept and design of common reed harvesting equipment, that can operate on wetland, on sea during summer and winter months for efficient transportation of the biomass to the mill gate. Note Nordic weather conditions!
Information on challenge owner: Micro SME (< 10 staff). Market presence of challenge owner: Active in one country. Keywords: Common reed; Harvesting; Biorefinery; Collection machinery; Design