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Sugarcane is the most efficient crop for ethanol production. Currently nearly half of the production in Brazil (number 1 producer of sugarcane in the world) is done by manual harvesters. Sugarcane harvesting is an extremely demanding physical activity where workers push themselves to the limits, often with consequences.
This project explores the limitations of current combine harvesters, developing a complete new machine that is able to harvest on hillside plantations overcoming the limitations of current harvesters and gives several advantages to the industry in operation and storage while improving manual harvesters' working conditions.
Umeå Institute of Design
Johannes, Stockholm, Sweden