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20 November 2018, FTP conference 2018, Vienna, Austria

‘Vision 2040: The future role of the forest bioeconomy in Europe’ is the focus of this conference on the 20th of November 2018 in Vienna. Don’t miss this chance discuss the future of forests and their role in the bioeconomy and meet Gernot Erber from BOKU and Daniela Fichtenbauer from RTDS. Participation is free of charge but the number of seats is limited!

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The FTP conference 2018 is an event of the Austrian EU presidency, organised by the Forest-based Sector Technology Platform.

Field tests: forest road bearing capacity

What´s going on under your truck wheel? BOKU is preparing for field tests in the North of Austria. Special soil sensors have been burried to investigate the impact of harsh weather conditions on forest road bearing capacity. High resolution soil parameters and weather data are captured and transmitted to BOKU for analysis, contributing to work package 3 – harvesting.

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Publication: Modifying the settings of CTL timber harvesting machines to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Following extensive field trials, LUKE just published results on experiments with Ponsse harvesters:

  • Adjustment of machine settings had an effect on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
  • Large energy saving potential in the Nordic and Baltic regions alone:
  • Potential savings may amount to almost 50 million litres of diesel per year.
  • Stem size also had a strong effect on fuel consumption and productivity.

Read the abstract or download the full pdf!

Whatch the video produced during the field trials: http://www.tech4effect.eu/fuel-economy-tests-harvesters/

 

Figure 1: The machines studied in the experiment, upper-left the Ponsse Beaver, upper-right the Ponsse ScorpionKing, below the Ponsse Ergo.

14 – 16 September 2018,BOSTER, Beaulard di Oulx, Italy

BOSTER is the biggest Italian event focused on the enhancement of forest resources and the sustainable management of the mountain territory. CONAIBO has a stand to present TECH4EFFECT.

Have a look at the website for details: www.fieraboster.it

15 – 18 July 2018, COFE, Williamsburg, USA

The Council on Forest Engineering (COFE) meets this year in Williamsburg (VA, USA). CNR will present the TECH4EFFECt project poster at this conference.

Have a look at the conference website for details and to register!

 

14 June 2018, NHN Tagung, Göttingen, Germany

The yearly meeting of the Kompetenznetz für Nachhaltige Holznutzung (NHN) takes place in Göttingen (Germany). It is organized by our partner University of Göttingen. The meeting focuses on sustainable use of forests.

Have a look at the NHN website for details.

Field trials: Cable-assisted timber harvesting on steep terrain

In cable-assisted timber harvesting forces on the cable are enormous. But how strong exactly are they?

As part of TECH4EFFECT WP3 , Markus Engel and Andreas Mayerhofer (ÖBf – Austrian Federal Forests ) and Thomas Holzfeind from BOKU carried out investigations on winch assisted harvesting machines in the ÖBf forest district Flachau (Austria). They recorded the inclination of the machine during operation on steep terrain using a tilt sensor installed on the winch assisted Valmet 840TX forwarder. At the same time, the tensile forces in the cable were measured with a load shackle. In addition, all activities of the machine were recorded by an action camera, which will be analysed later together with inclination data and the tensile forces. The results are intended to shed light on the tensile forces that occur in the cable of the machine as a function of the work processes and the machine inclination.

 

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Cable assisted forwarder operating on steep terrain; pictures: Holzfeind Thomas

Newsletter January 2018

Read our second newsletter here:

TECH4EFFECT Newsletter January 2018

  • TECH4EFFECT explained in 2 minutes – animation
  • What is the TECH4EFFECT efficiency portal?
  • Already five countries to send data to the Efficiency Portal
  • From biomass to consumer products: BBI Stakeholder day

 

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16 – 19 April 2018, Forest Engineering Conference FEC, Rotorua, New Zealand

The 6th International Forest Engineering Conference (FEC) takes place in Rotorua, New Zealand, bringing together researchers and practitioners. It includes workshops, technical sessions and a field trip and show-cases local forest and equpment developments.

TECH4EFFECT will show a strong presence at this important meeting:

  • Thursday 19th April, 10:40 Session 4B – Vision and trends Diana Tuomasjukka (EFI) talks about ‘Opportunities and challenges towards a forest-based bio-economy in the EU: what are the environmental and socio-economic impacts of increased biomass harvesting at EU level?’
  • CNR-IVALSA presents our TECH4EFFECT project poster which will be displayed during the whole meeting
  • Meet also Karl Stampfer (BOKU) in Session 1A talking about steep terrain harvesting,  Raffaele Spinelli  (CNR-IVALSA) in Session 2A on productivity benchmarking in grapple yarding and Johanna Routa (LUKE) in Session 3A on dry matter losses.

For details check out the conference website: http://www.foresteng.canterbury.ac.nz/FEC2018.shtml or have a look at the final program.