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Agricultural robots in the agri-PV environment

Track: Agri-Food

Date and Time: 13 Mar 2024 12:00-13:20

Organisers: Alba Perez Gracia, David Caballero Flores

Main questions to be answered: What could be the role of robotics in the agri-PV environment

Additional questions: Wheeled vs legged vs UAV, what are more suited to agri-PV environment

Additional questions 2: Mobile vs distributed sensing

Workshop Description: Photovoltaics (PV) is widely seen as one of the key technologies to drive the energy transition. Agrivoltaics (agri-PV), makes dual use of the land for both agriculture and PV generation. The EU-funded project Symbiosyst, lead by Eurac, aims to explore the application of agri-PV in different environments and to develop solutions for its implementation. The role of robotics in this project is to create robotic solutions for sensing and inspection. The goal of this worksop is to explore and discuss the role of robotics in the agri-PV environment. Robots can be used to gather information on plant health and PV structure condition, but could also play a role on interacting with plants and on active maintenance of the structure. The different type of robots (wheeled, legged, UAV,..) that could be involved will be discussed, and their advantages or disadvantages with respect to fixed arrays of sensors. The outcomes of this workshop is to create awareness of the robotics needs in agri-PV and to discuss possible solutions.

Intended Outcome: Workshop covering material new to ERF that the Robotics community should engage with, Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications, Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc

Approach: 40 min. slot. A 15-min presentation of Symbiosyst and current state of robotics in agri-PV, followed by a 25-min discussion with the participant, in which interactive tools will be used