The aim of this collaboration is shared by both companies: to provide end-to-end solutions to remote charging stations where no electricity grid connection is required.
This will be possible due to wireless solar or regenerative solutions, which will reduce user interaction during operation. When robots run out of the battery, they navigate on their own to their charging trailers. Both Naïo and VARTA aim to give farmers the opportunity to use a robot for 24 hours without worrying about the power supply.
“Bringing our expertise and experience to agrobots means that Naïo Technologies as a market leader can focus on their core strength: making the combination of robotics and farming a full success. VARTA will enable the robots to work more efficiently, as our power management solution will make charging faster, more flexible and much easier, while our advanced battery technology will allow for higher performance,” said Steve Saunders, key account manager the UK and France at VARTA.
Two proofs of concept have been launched to test the feasibility of solutions: the first will integrate VARTA batteries in Oz, the first Naïo Technologies robot dedicated to market gardeners and already used by more than 120 farmers. The aim of the robot is to gain more than 30% more autonomy. The second proof of concept is the creation of a solar charging station that can be used directly in the field. These field charging stations will be the world’s first for agricultural robotics.
The first prototype will be presented at the FIRA 2020, International Forum of Agricultural Robotics, taking place from 8-10 December 2020 on a digital platform.