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.
Based on this background the SME proposers are planning to develop, construct and test an automatic harvesting and sorting system for SRC material. The system should be able to combine the harvesting (cutting), sorting and packaging of the SRC cuttings.
The project, co-funded by the EU through its 7th Framework Programme, will have a duration of two years and started on October 1st, 2012.
Seventh Framework Programme
The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme managed by RES – Research Executive Agency (http://ec.europa.eu/research/rea (FP7/2007-2013)) under grant agreement n°