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Intelligent shading system protecting sensitive crops from meteorological fluctuations

Country of Origin: France
Reference Number: TOFR20190312001
Publication Date: 12 April 2019

Summary

A French SME created an intelligent shading system to be installed above fields to protect every type of crop, and especially sensitive crops, responding to the issues of climate change. This is an automated system using artificial intelligence.
This company is seeking commercial agreements with technical assistance with partners in Spain and Italy. They are looking for big farming companies and installers specialised in green house construction.

Description

The French SME patented an intelligent opening and closing system to adjust the shade above sensitive crops. 
The idea came from south of France horticulturists, which faced huge environmental constraints in the recent years. A first demonstrator has been installed with a research institute for horticulture.
A second experimental prototype was settled in an open environment in August 2017 for crops.

How it works :
Sensors are installed on the land to collect all weather information in real time and send this information to a software able to open and close the shading system remotely.
This system is effective on crops that are sensitive to weather fluctuations, such as those used in market gardening, horticulture, arboriculture and viticulture.
The company works together with the farmer to tailor the goals to be entered in the software, and the farmer has access to all the information through a personalised mobile app. In this way, the farmer stays the owner of his shading system.
This solution is also made to adjust the light, for both excess or lack of light cases.
The shading system height can also be adapted to the crops characteristics, especially according to the equipment used.
The foundations of this system are not anchored in the soil and can then be removed without polluting the land.

As an option, the farmer can choose to install solar panels over his shading system to get a quicker return on his investment. produced.

The French company is looking for partners is Spain and Italy to set up commercial agreements with technical assistance. It is namely looking for big farming companies and installers specialised in building green houses. The company will assist its partners with the required software configuration to provide tailored crop portection according to their specific needs.
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Advantages and Innovations

This company offers a perfectly tailored solution for crop protection.

The main advantages:
- Crops are more resistant beneath the shading system and thus provide a significantly higher yield.
- Adjusting between sunshine and shade ensures precise control of the plants’ temperature.
- Because the crop temperature is controlled, farmers can permanently avoid the bad effects of springtime frosts.
- If extreme weather conditions appear such as hail or snow, closing the shading system allows the crops to be protected and saved.

Stage Of Development

Already on the market

Stage Of Development Comment

In September 2018, the company launched the product to farmers.

Requested partner

The French company targets Italy and Spain. 
It seeks to partner up with big farming companies looking to optimise their crop protection and yield as well as installers that specialise in the construction of green houses and are on the lookout for new, innovative solutions to offer their clients.

The company will offer technical assistance to its partners by customising the system's software parameter to their individual needs and purposes.

Dissemination Countries

Spain, Italy

Cooperation offer ist closed for requests