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Emission-free bush berry production (SunBot)

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Ministerium für Landwirtschaft, Umwelt und Klimaschutz

Federal State

Brandenburg und Berlin


Postfach 60 11 50
14411 Potsdam

Website: External link to the authority

Project Title

Emission-free bush berry production (SunBot)

Project description

In berry production the number of required cultivation runs is very challenging. The farms reach their limitations of labor resources and costs which lead to losses in yield and quality along with reduced competitiveness. Many orchards would like to directly use their self-produced electricity. But suitable electric drives are still missing. Emissions and energy cost can be reduced by self-produced solar energy. As automation can enhance the productivity a driverless electric tractor is being developed. Project aim is an emission-free bush berry production - improving sustainability, cost efficiency, and labor productivity. A functional model of an autonomous electric tractor with an innovative electric mower is built up, along with a charging station powered by the on-farm photovoltaic system. Its influence on cultivation activities, procedural costs, workload, and energy demand will be analyzed. The project will reveal that more frequent cultivation can increase yield and quality of bush berries and prove that autonomous, electrically powered technology will enhance the profitability, sustainability, and environmental impact of berry production.

Final report

Results and the Final report will be found here, as soon as the project is completed.

Results focusing on practiceorientation

Results and the Final report will be found here, as soon as the project is completed.

Key words

  • Farming practice/activity
  • Farming equipment
  • Plant production and horticulture
  • Energy

Main funding source

Rural development 2014-2020

OG contact information

Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie e.V. (ATB)
Max-Eyth-Allee 100
14469 Potsdam

Phone: 03315699410

Email: cweltzien@atb-potsdam.de

Type of OG partners

  • Farmer
  • Farmer
  • Farmer

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