|Coordinatore||EGEDAL MASKINFABRIK A/S
address: TORVEGADE 39
|Nazionalità Coordinatore||Denmark [DK]|
|Totale costo||1˙693˙364 €|
|EC contributo||1˙284˙000 €|
Specific Programme "Capacities": Research for the benefit of SMEs
|Anno di inizio||2012|
|Periodo (anno-mese-giorno)||2012-10-01 - 2014-09-30|
EGEDAL MASKINFABRIK A/S
address: TORVEGADE 39
SALIXENERGI EUROPA AB
address: ONSJOVAGEN 13
address: HOFGEN 1
|DE (KETZERBACHTAL OT HOFGEN)||participant||302˙660.00|
VEREIN ZUR FOERDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN E.V.
address: An der Karlstadt 10
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
address: HELMHOLTZSTRASSE 10
UNIVERSITATEA POLITEHNICA DIN TIMISOARA
address: PIATA VICTORIEI 2
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'Biomass is increasingly being seen as an important energy resource for Europe. However, due to sustainability requirements the biomass which can be harvested from European forests has only a limited growth potential. Therefore, the political focus has changed to the production of fast growing wooden biomass (Short-Rotation-Coppice (SRC) or Short-Rotation-Plantations (SRPs) on agricultural lands in Europe. In parallel, the economic situation for European farmers deteriorated constantly during the last decade because of increasing cost pressures on agricultural products. Short-Rotation-Plantations are a very promising alternative source of income by cultivating fast growing tree-species as a source for bioenergy or other purposes with multifunctional characteristics. SRCs are highly efficient biomass production systems with additional environmental contributions such as biodiversity, soil protection and local climate. In order to reach the political climate protection targets Europe would need more than 4,2 million hectares of Short-Rotation-Plantations in 2030. To cover the corresponding demand of planting material approximately 1,410 hectare of parent tree nurseries have to be harvested each year. Harvesting on these areas is carried out during the winter months only and is characterized by a high degree of manual work at present. Automatic and cost-efficient harvesting techniques for SRC cuttings are urgently needed to meet the future demand economically. Based on this background the SME proposers are planning to develop, construct and test an automatic harvesting and sorting system for SRC cuttings. The system should be able to combine the harvesting (cutting), sorting and packaging of the SRC cuttings.'
EU-funded scientists are designing and building an autonomous harvester for coppice plantations.
The fast-growing trees of short-rotation coppice (SRC) have the potential to help meet growing demand for biomass in the EU. However, automated and cost-effective harvesting methods are needed.
The 'Automatic harvesting system for SRC nurseries' (http://www.rod-picker.eu (ROD-PICKER)) initiative was set up to address this need. The project aims to develop a fully automated harvesting, sorting and packaging system for SRC farmers.
Researchers have compiled and distributed a questionnaire in several EU states to understand user requirements for an autonomous SRC harvester. This information was used as a starting point for the design of a prototype system.
This design comprises three modules: the cutting or harvesting unit, the sorting and packaging unit, and the monitoring and control unit. ROD-PICKER is currently completing the design phase.The next step will be to build and test a prototype. Researchers expect the final product to dramatically decrease harvesting time and running costs for SRC farmers, and to contribute to sustainable biomass production.
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