SWARM – Cultivate crops with a fleet of electric agroecological robots that preserve the soils

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SWARM – Cultivate crops with a fleet of electric agroecological robots that preserve the soils

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The SWARM project aims to bring to market the first collaborative electric agroecological equipment, providing an alternative to heavy thermal tractors that are responsible for soil compaction and significant CO2 emissions. 

SABI AGRI, supported by the European Innovation Council Accelerator program, is a French designer and manufacturer of agroecological equipment. With the use of the project grant, SABI AGRI is developing a new generation of multipurpose robots for field crops and vineyards.

SWARM consists of a fleet of lightweight vehicles where one ALPO Electric Tractor and up to 4 ZILUS robots work together to perform all agricultural tasks. When operating the tractor, the farmer performs all crop-related tasks and controls the robots, which carry out the same or complementary tasks. SWARM allows to multiply work capacity and alleviate the ground pressure up to 15 times compared to thermal tractors.

By combining lightweight electric vehicles and the use of best agricultural practices (e.g. shallow soil cultivation, permanent cover) the project facilitates the agroecological transition and supports ecosystem services such as soil preservation and fertility, climate change mitigation, preservation of field biodiversity and others.

SABI AGRI will scale-up the agroecological collaborative robotic technology and industrialize the SWARM before market uptake in the EU and the US. 

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The project brings to the market the first collaborative electric agroecological equipment, reducing the use of heavy tractors contributing to soil compaction.

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