ROD-PICKER

Automatic harvesting system for SRC nurseries

 Coordinatore EGEDAL MASKINFABRIK A/S 

 Organization address address: TORVEGADE 39
city: TORRING
postcode: 7160

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Niels
Cognome: Fogh
Email: send email
Telefono: +45 75802022

 Nazionalità Coordinatore Denmark [DK]
 Totale costo 1˙693˙364 €
 EC contributo 1˙284˙000 €
 Programma FP7-SME
Specific Programme "Capacities": Research for the benefit of SMEs
 Code Call FP7-SME-2012
 Funding Scheme BSG-SME
 Anno di inizio 2012
 Periodo (anno-mese-giorno) 2012-10-01   -   2014-09-30

 Partecipanti

# participant  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    EGEDAL MASKINFABRIK A/S

 Organization address address: TORVEGADE 39
city: TORRING
postcode: 7160

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Niels
Cognome: Fogh
Email: send email
Telefono: +45 75802022

DK (TORRING) coordinator 551˙810.00
2    SALIXENERGI EUROPA AB

 Organization address address: ONSJOVAGEN 13
city: SVALOV
postcode: 26881

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Gunnar
Cognome: Henriksson
Email: send email
Telefono: 46708225615

SE (SVALOV) participant 417˙974.00
3    LEMPE GBR

 Organization address address: HOFGEN 1
city: KETZERBACHTAL OT HOFGEN
postcode: 1623

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Carsten
Cognome: Neumeister
Email: send email
Telefono: +49 35246 519047

DE (KETZERBACHTAL OT HOFGEN) participant 302˙660.00
4    VEREIN ZUR FOERDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN E.V.

 Organization address address: An der Karlstadt 10
city: BREMERHAVEN
postcode: 27568

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Mirko
Cognome: Hänel
Email: send email
Telefono: +49 471 4832180

DE (BREMERHAVEN) participant 5˙400.00
5    TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN

 Organization address address: HELMHOLTZSTRASSE 10
city: DRESDEN
postcode: 1069

contact info
Titolo: Mrs.
Nome: Christina
Cognome: Wetzlich
Email: send email
Telefono: +49 351 463 39629
Fax: +49 351 463 39742

DE (DRESDEN) participant 3˙796.00
6    UNIVERSITATEA POLITEHNICA DIN TIMISOARA

 Organization address address: PIATA VICTORIEI 2
city: TIMISOARA
postcode: 300006

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Nicolae
Cognome: Robu
Email: send email
Telefono: 40256403011
Fax: 40256403021

RO (TIMISOARA) participant 2˙360.00

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demand    tree    prototype    farmers    meet    harvesting    autonomous    coppice    automatic    climate    efficient    rotation    plantations    picker    source    fast    protection    rod    sorting    cuttings    harvester    political    agricultural    biomass    packaging    harvested    automated    src    nurseries    cutting   

 Obiettivo del progetto (Objective)

'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.'

Introduzione (Teaser)

EU-funded scientists are designing and building an autonomous harvester for coppice plantations.

Descrizione progetto (Article)

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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