ACTION 6. DEVELOPING A SERIES OF DISSEMINATION ASSISTING MANUALS OF THE CONDENSE MANAGING SYSTEM

OBJECTIVES:

Compose and Publish all the relevant Manuals that will help disseminate the CONDENSE managing system:

  • Scale up Manual
  • Design Manual
  • Managing Manual
  • Promotion Manual
  • Farmers’ Manual

METHODS EMPLOYED:

As in Action 5, the work in this action is entirely based in work conducted and data collected in previous actions, incorporated into a series of publishable materials. All partners and all persons involved in the project will participate, more or less, in developing this material, since its their experience and knowledge that must be recorded and presented to the public, in an effort to maximise the dissemination of the CONDENSE Managing System and through that the overall environmental benefit of the process.

Some material will be common to the different manuals, however all together will represent the best possible recording and presentation of the CONDENSE outcome.

Scale-Up Manual

Is the tool that will allow the process to be implemented in a full scale bases in the demonstration area. Its focussing in ASSISTING local (or not) investors (people or organisations) to take over from where the CONDENSE project will stop and carry on the effort, towards a full scale application in the general area of Ilia. Aim of the manual is to help the people who will wish to realise the full scale unit to take advantage of the existing infrastructure (in accordance with LIFE+ regulations), the dissemination actions among farmers and agricultural consumables outlets, the experience of people worked in the unit (and after the completion of the CONDENSE project could continue to work in the new unit), recordings and analysis of the raw materials, the quality of the end product and of course the techno-economical evaluation of a full scale plan (see Action 5).

The Scale-Up Manual will include:

  • Specific qualitatively and quantitatively estimations of the New Product which will be deriving from a full size unit, based in qualitatively and quantitatively analysis of the local raw materials.
  • Technical description of all the buildings and constructions that must take place as for example the size and configuration of the composting greenhouses, including designs and lay outs.
  • Technical description of all the required equipment for operating the unit with minimum cost and maximum performance. It will include the potential utilisation of the CONDENSE project equipment (always in respect of the relevant Life+ rules).
  • The optimum units distribution, meaning the development of a central unit or a number of peripheral units, especially regarding the sun drying installations (see Action 5, Techno-economical Evaluation).
  • Data and information regarding the required environmental and construction permits as well as the New Product distribution permit and certification.
  • Economical estimations of how this process should take place, including the step by step upgrade of the unit until it reach its full capacity.

Design Manual:

Aims in presenting, explaining and illustrating through examples, all these parameters that must be quantified by any interesting party that would like to invest in a full scale application of the CONDENSE Managing Process.

The Design Manual will include:

  • A quality and quantity estimation system (design equations) which will allow potential investors is other part of Greece, Europe or the World, to estimate the quality (i.e., composition of key substances) and quantity of the end product based on initial data from the locally available raw materials.
  • Cost-Benefit estimation equations on how large the unit should be, based on manure and OMW (or other similar and locally available waste) collection cost and availability, local land cost and availability, transportation infrastructure (roads, ports, railway system etc), promotion aims (local or not) etc
  • Design equations for the overall size of the unit (composting site size, number of sun drying units, OMW storing tanks volume, storing area capacity) based on the above estimations. Availability of raw material and their physiochemical characteristics should be considered as the main design parameters.
  • A decision reaching tool for deciding the layout of the unit, either as a central unit or a series of peripheral unit or a combination of the two.
  • Equipment technical characteristics for the specific unit size, in correlation with the preceding design estimations, which will determine the best type of turner, wastes collection & transportation vehicles, grinding and packaging systems etc
  • Basic designs (lay outs) of the different units, in order to allow engineers to copy and upscale them easily and in a short period of time. 
  • Detailed cost analysis of equipment and constructions, based on the experience gained in Ilia area and on current prices in North Europe, so investors can estimate rather accurately the cost of the designed unit.

Managing Manual:

It could also be recorded as the main deliverable of the project since is here where all processes and operational details of the CONDENSE Managing System will be incorporated, based on the experiences gathered through the 40 months of the project. Aim of the Managing Manual, as was mentioned earlier, is to allow people interested in realising the process in full scale, to operate the unit the Design Manual will allow them to construct, as quickly and effectively as possible, avoiding problems and limitations of the Condense Managing System.

The Managing Manual will include:

  • Raw material optimum collection and transportation pattern.
  • Composting condensing process operation including (based on original physiochemical analysis) the numbers of composting process repeat. Parameters to be monitored, decision to be made based on monitoring.
  • Sun drying condensing process based in the various types of units and layouts suggested in the Design Manual. Volume of OMW per tone of compost and volume of OMW per tone of product are some of the information that would be included here.
  • Quality parameters to be monitored, does and don’ts of the process and how to “correct” a mistake or to improve a low quality batch, etc.

Promotion Manual:

It includes accurate recordings and analysis on how farmers operate in Greece and how this new product should be introduced to the relevant market. It also includes some info on UK farmers, less detailed however. It is an essential tool for someone that has limited experience in dealing with growers, as potential end users and customers, and the way the New Product should be forwarded into the market. Some of this info might be useful on the way growers in other parts of the globe should also be approached. Finally a section on consumables outlets involvement and role will be also included here.

The Promotion Manual will include:

  • A description on how the fertilisers market in Greece and the UK operates and which is the role of various key players.
  • A description of how the farmers should be approached and what seems to be their main concerns towards new products.
  • How to establish trust mechanisms in a new area and which people and process should take advantage of in order to promote the product successfully.
  • How important is the environmental benefit during promotion and how biological cultivations growers approach this new material.

Farmers’ Operating Manual:

Basically it will be a simplified “Users Manual” of the New Product aiming to the end users, meaning the farmers / growers. Will include a series of information as for example:

  • How much and how should be applied in each and different cultivation, among those tested, and what should be the estimated productivity.
  • How much and how should be applied in each and different cultivation which were not tested during the CONDENSE project, based on existing fertilisers needs and guidelines and what should be the estimated productivity.
  • Which formation of the New Product is compatible with what fertilisers’ distribution equipment and what should be taken under consideration when using this machinery.
  • Which are the potential side effects of the new product application and what should be monitored.
  • How it interacts with other agro-chemicals as well as with composts.
  • What is the long term application effect in the soil.

EXPECTED RESULTS:

A series of manuals, incorporating all the produced knowledge and experience of the CONDENSE project, that pending on the recipient will allow – as was mentioned earlier – the quick and significant expansion of the process.