Energy Savings from Optimised In-Field Route Planning for Agricultural Machinery

Rodias, Efthymios, Berruto, Remigio, Busato, Patrizia , Bochtis, Dionysis, Sørensen, Claus and Zhou, Kun (2017) Energy Savings from Optimised In-Field Route Planning for Agricultural Machinery. Sustainability, 9 (11). p. 1956.

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Various types of sensors technologies, such as machine vision and global positioning system (GPS) have been implemented in navigation of agricultural vehicles. Automated navigation systems have proved the potential for the execution of optimised route plans for field area coverage. This paper presents an assessment of the reduction of the energy requirements derived from the implementation of optimised field area coverage planning. The assessment regards the analysis of the energy requirements and the comparison between the non-optimised and optimised plans for field area coverage in the whole sequence of operations required in two different cropping systems: Miscanthus and Switchgrass production. An algorithmic approach for the simulation of the executed field operations by following both non-optimised and optimised field-work patterns was developed. As a result, the corresponding time requirements were estimated as the basis of the subsequent energy cost analysis. Based on the results, the optimised routes reduce the fuel energy consumption up to 8%, the embodied energy consumption up to 7%, and the total energy consumption from 3% up to 8%

Keywords:auto-steering systems, area coverage, operations planning
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G200 Operational Research
H Engineering > H650 Systems Engineering
G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G500 Information Systems
Divisions:College of Science > Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology
ID Code:39222
Deposited On:23 Dec 2019 09:41

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