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University receives receipt for smart forest machine

Published: 9 February 2021

Luleå University of Technology is one of several actors involved in a large, environment-related forest project. State research funder VINNOVA is responsible for the funding of SEK 10 million and other actors for an additional SEK 10 million for the project, which has been named Autoplant. It is a collaborative project between researchers, forest-related companies and manufacturers.

- It is an interesting challenge for us and we have already developed an autonomous off-road vehicle platform based on our research. I see this as proof that we are on the right track and this really encourages us to continue important environmental work, says Magnus Karlberg, professor of machine design, Department of Engineering Science and Mathematics at Luleå University of Technology.

Challenge-driven innovation is called Vinnova's research program, in which Autoplant is included as a sub-program. The focus is to, with the help of researchers from Luleå University of Technology, among others, develop new gentle and more efficient methods for planting and soil preparation in the forest. Another part has to do with the work environment for those who work in the forest. What is already stated in the initial phase of the project as a possible path to success is precisely what Magnus Karlberg's researchers have developed.

- We believe that an autonomous, smaller forest rejuvenation machine is the way forward, says project manager Linnea Hansson, Skogsforsk.

The initiator of Autoplant is the forest group SCA Skog, which has put together a strong consortium to lead the work. The consortium includes representatives of manufacturers, researchers and users.

Magnus Karlberg

Magnus Karlberg, Professor

Phone: +46 (0)920 492418
Organisation: Machine Design, Product and Production Development, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics