Project: User-centric adoption of sustainable farming operation involving ICT and robotics

Lowland areas and other marginal areas form a huge and currently unused resource of biomass for the biogas and bio refinery industry. Alone for DK, it has been estimated that 160-180.000 hectares of unused lowland could be harvested if the appropriate technology was available. This project will develop a novel lightweight, autonomous machine concept for economically and environmentally sound harvest of grass on lowland. The project will adapt an existing commercial mower into an autonomous robot platform, develop implements for cutting, collecting and transporting the harvested material out of the field and develop software to plan, schedule, document and visualize the harvest operation. Additional, the concept will be demonstrated in three countries under realistic field conditions, but following all current safety regulations. Finally, the project is seen as a stepping-stone towards future autonomous work units coupled with efficient management systems.

Acronym GrassBots
Duration 01/03/2013 - 28/02/2015
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Network ICT-AGRI
Call ICT and Automation for a Greener Agriculture

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Aalto University - Department of Automation and Systems Technology Finland
Aarhus University - Aarhus University School of Engineering Coordinator Denmark
Agro Business Park Denmark
Agro Intelligence ApS Denmark
Conpleks Innovation Denmark
Harper Adams University United Kingdom
Lynex Denmark
MTT Agrifood Research FI Finland
University of Southern DK - Faculty of Engineering Denmark