Food production and agriculture are facing enormous challenges over the next few years with a growing population and a more challenging climate. The world's population is expected to grow rapidly and an estimated 70% increase in food production is required in just a few decades. Climate changes will not only give global warming, but also more intesive rainfall. This is a huge challenge for conventional agricultural machines. Large and heavy machinery will damage wet soil and will also get stuck in muddy fields.
To overcome these challenges we develop innovative and intellient technological solutions for a more efficient and sustainable agriculture.
Thorvald is our first prototype of a low-cost and light-weight agricultural robot. It is battery driven and has four powerful electric motors which makes it capable of performing work in the field. Four-wheel steering makes it extremely mobile. The frame is flexible, which guarantees that all four wheels are in contact with the ground at all times for optimal traction. The robot can operate up to 10 hours without charging or changing its batteries.
Intelligent tools for autonomous operation
One of the main challenges of robotic farming is that we need to develop novel tools that can be used on an autonomous robot with considerably less power than a tractor. We are currently testing several new concepts for atuonomous operation that require far less energy than conventional systems. We are developing tools for operations such as
- seeding - tools for optimal seed placement,
- weeding - intelligent and non-chemical weeding,
- monitoring - gata gathering in the field, etc.