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German demo

Technical sheet
  • 400 ha – 800 t expected
  • Demo-site coordinator: ATB
  • Timing: October 2014 - December 2014
  • Machinery prototype:
    • Windrower + pick-up + chipper
    • Windrower + pick-up + baler
  • Average transport distance: 3 km
  • Storage plan: piles of chipped and baled material
Brandenburg Region

Selected site is Potsdam area, in North-East Germany. It is a place entering the continental climate prevailing in Central Europe (Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, etc.). Its climate is Continental, with an average rainfall of 550 mm and average year temperatures 9.5 ºC.

The area around Satzkorn (52.3 N, 12.9 E) accounts with several apple, pear, plum and cherry plantations managed by different groups of farmers


Demo scope

Fruit tree growth is also an extended practice in other areas in continental zones in Europe. Plantations, usually of smaller size and not continuous in the territory, are however not concentrated in the same area (as occurred in Mediterranean climates or also partly in oceanic areas). The utilisation of prunings in such context is less appropriate for large procurement chains (centralised large power plants for example), and more convenient for local uses: either energy utilisation by the farmers (which may own boilers for food processing activities), for local industries, domestic heat or district heating (quite extended in continental areas in Europe).

Among the different possible logistic configurations, the German demo activities will be performed by the following actors:

Pruning Harvesting Chipping Baling Load and transport to storage Open air storage Load and transport to delivery Verification of delivered biomass
Farmer Trade centre
District heating
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 312078
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