EFFiTiLL aim is to develop an integrated trading low-cost system to optimize the efficiency of soil treatment operations and reduce the fuel consumption. More specifically, EFFiTiLL will provide the applicator with real-time information about inefficient tillage operation in order to prevent damage and improve the quality of the work while proposing appropriate operating parameters to reduce fuel consumption. Also EFFiTiLL will develop a software that will make the control of the operations easier.
Farmers are constantly looking for ways to reduce costs, and tillage is one of the most costly operations in terms of fuel usage. EFFiTiLL promises to meet the basic needs of farmers such as reducing energy consumption by up to 50%, by minimize CO₂ footprint up to 30%, increasing competitiveness and giving access to small farms in smart farming solutions.
The rapid increase of fuel prices, as well as production costs lead farmers to look for ways to reduce costs. Soil treatment operations are the highest fuel consumption operations, often exceeding 50% of total fuel consumption. This in combination with the social need of environmental friendly agriculture, makes farmers to look for ways to reduce fuel consumption and CO₂ emissions. In addition, high yields of crops are related to the quality of soil treatment, which provides the environment for seed germination and the development of the root system.
EFFiTiLL will develop an innovative, complete and ready for the market system that will contain already existing but optimized methods, of data collection, software and sensors based on the market needs. The innovation of EFFiTiLL, is that it will use the GUTD (Gear-Up Throttle-Down) methodology combined with the analysis of all working forces (pulling force, vertical and lateral force) during the treatment to achieve fuel reduction up to 50%. It will be applicable also at older tractors that do not have electrical equipment. The mobile software will be used as an Operator Control Unit (OCU) to act as an operator's cabin information board.
AGENSO is responsible for all the tasks of the project, as AGENSO is the only participant in this project.
Software DevelopmentThe mobile application, available for Android and iOS will work as a task manager in the tractor for a real-time information of the operator.
Hardware OptimizationThe already existing methodologies and equipment will be optimized and used in order to provide accurate information about tillage procedure.
Environmental and Socio-economic impactWith EFFiTiLL there will be a significant impact on the reduction of CO₂ footprint and energy consumption.
End-users needsActive participation of all related farmers to ensure that the project will cover their needs.
EFFiTiLL Main Tasks
A database of end users and partners will be created, with which there will be continuous communication with the members, who will get involved in the various actions of the project. This will ensure that the end product meets their needs, since they are actively involved in user requirements creation, system development, pilot testing and dissemination activities.
The methodology, architecture, components, modifications and tasks required for the development of hardware and software of the system will be presented and executed.
AGENSO will test the hardware and software of the developed system in various soil conditions, by using standardized techniques and procedures to evaluate data integrity and validity, to test the strength of materials, to monitor system performance, and to check the communication of the various subsystems. All the above technical tests will ensure that our system meets all specifications.
This analysis will serve as a basis for identifying the market segment targeted by EFFiTiLL, as well as a macroeconomic assessment of its potential size. It will also focus on creating feasible business models for widespread adoption of the system.
News Related to the Project
AGENSO’s successful participation in AGROTICA
AGENSO has participated at the 28th International fair for agricultural machinery, equipment and supplies (Agrotica) for the first time and...
AGENSO participates in AGROTICA for the first time!
AGENSO will participate for the first time in the biggest exhibition for agricultural sector in Greece, the 28th AGROTICA (International...
4 National Projects in which AGENSO is participating, started today
The Secretariat of Research and Development has announced today the official start of 116 research projects that was funded through...