This demonstrator project is a test-bed featuring an innovative, scientifically sound, smart combination of existing technologies, that allows to improve the sustainability of our Region’s Fruit Growing Sector by:
Reduction of CO2 Emissions: we have developed a fully autonomous, electric rover, capable of travelling to the orchard and back, for spraying and moving; its charge is provided by state-of-the-art, high efficiency power storage solutions, including smart, AI-adopting charge/discharge controllers, to enhance battery output and life.
50% Reduction in irrigation: we have achieved 50% reduction in irrigation over two years, without losses in fruit quality and production, thanks to the covers placed on the trees (anti-hail; anti-insect and raincovers) which modify the orchard environment. Irrigation is managed in full IoT configuration by the IRRIFRAME DSS of the Canale Emiliano Romagnolo (CER) Irrigation Project.
Reduction in pesticide use: the screens against stinkbug and Carpocapsa are integrated with rain-shelters covering individual rows that reduce leaf wetting and improve the efficacy of the fixed-point spraying system. Preliminary results show the potential for this solution to reduce pesticide use.