First steps for Nirwood Project
Project Nirwood; first steps
Nirwood project started on first May 2017. We already signed our agreements with the European Commission and we are currently carrying on with our first technological targets following our ambitious working plan for the Project.
- To carry on a test sampling in Spanish xylotheques, sawmills and forestry exploitations to refine our methodology. We used three commercial and portable NIR devices (with different wavelenght ranges and precission each). Test included both the field work and the chemometrical analysis of thousands of spectra taken during the last 2 months.
- Thanks to the results of this phase of the project we will know the spectral ranges of interest to determine the wood properties, with the objective of integrate it into our own NIR spectrometer (NIRwood).
- To define the specific targets of our international sampling. We will choose the most representative species and localities for our data base, on the basis of their commercial interest and threat level.
- At the same time we are starting to design our spectral data base and the app architecture and interface to preliminary test its viability with our set of data.
The most satisfying of our activities has been the relationship with our large number of collaborators who selflessly allowed us to visit and sample their xylotheques, sawmills, warehouses and logging areas. We are extremely grateful to all of them, and wishing to show them our progresses to feedback their sincere interest in the Project.
The design of this part of the work included 15 different provinces representing two big climatic regions: Mediterranean and Atlantic (see our map). Until now, we took samples from Guipuzkoa, Bizkaia, Asturias, Lugo, Pontevedra, Orense, La Coruña, Burgos, Avila, Madrid, Cáceres, La Rioja, Segovia, Teruel and Salamanca, plus wood coming from more than 5 tropical countries. We have taken samples of four different Pine species, oaks, chestnuts, eucalyptus, and tropical species like ayous, sapelli, wenge, elondo, iroko or jatova.
We must thank again to all the people who did our work easier and made us feel comfortable in their installations (see our collaborators list in the Partnership area).
You can follow the Nirwood Project progress on Milestones section.