Mechanized recovery of olive tree pruning residues
Pari, L.; Assirelli, A.; Croce, S.; Acampora, A.; Santangelo, E.
21st European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, 3-7 June 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Via Giacomini 28, I - 50132 Florence
ETA-Florence Renewable Energies
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Agricultural residues represent an important source of biomass for energy production. Among these, pruning represents the 20% of the total biomass in Italy; one third of them comes from Puglia region, in the southeast of the Italian peninsula. It is estimated that the quantity of pruning residues obtainable from Puglian olive groves would be equal to 813,000 tons per year. The CRA-ING has undertaken a series of activities in the southern regions of Italy with the aim to promote the bioenergy sector. In particular, the study aimed at evaluating the performance of a machine (Picker Kargo 180 of Berti company) utilized for harvesting and chipping the pruning residues. This machine has a pick-up able to collect the pruning from the ground, which is successively chopped and loaded into a trailer. The study has analysed the performance of the machine, the product losses and the physical characteristics of the chip.