From waste to resource: Interreg 2 Seas Horti-BlueC is organising 4 webinars on the valorisation of 5 local byproducts into building blocks for more sustainable growing media in horticulture. Questions dealt with, amongst others, are:
How feasible are those valorisation chains, both technically, economically and logistically?
Which processing or treatment is necessary to convert the waste streams into valuable resources for replacing peat, coir and mineral wool?
Do these building blocks truly contribute to effective new growing media blends for strawberry and tomato plants, with reduced fertilizer and chemical crop protection product use?
The first three webinars will take place this Spring and the fourth webinar is planned for Fall 2021.
Tuesday May 11th 2021 14:00-15:30 CET
Horti-BlueC webinar 1: Large scale gasification for energy and biochar production
The topic of this webinar is the conversion of residual biomass such as green waste and plant fibers into energy (heat) and biochar, using large scale gasification. Biochar (charred material) is rich in carbon, and has the potential to help mitigate climate change via C sequestration. Register here.
Thursday May 20th 2021 14:00-15:30 CET
Horti-BlueC webinar 2: Production of chitin from shrimp shells
In this webinar the conversion of shellfish waste into chitin will be discussed. Chitin can be used as a renewable N fertilizer and microbial stimulant when applied in growing media for soilless cultivation (watch video). Register here.
Thursday June 10th 2021 14:00-15:30 CET
Horti-BlueC webinar 3: Spent growing media for direct reuse or as a feedstock for biochar
In this webinar you will learn more about recycling of spent growing media. Spent growing media can be directly reused or can be processed into biochar or compost. Register here.
The series will be completed with a fourth webinar on the bulk replacement of peat, coir and mineral wool with biochar, wood- and plant fibers in new growing media blends (watch video). Registration for webinar 4 will be possible later this year.
The full programme of the webinars and other practical information will be communicated later on. If you registered, you will receive an email with a link to the webinar two weeks before the event.