Reducing spoilage, increasing safety, tackling climate change
Unlike current grain monitoring solutions, which can only sample near surface grain and poses significant safety hazards to collectors, Crover’s unique remote robotic probe capability means it is able to autonomously collect samples throughout the whole silo or shed. This ‘deep dive’ ability delivers early detection of potential spoilage, allowing remedial measures to be taken to reduce losses and maintain quality.
Lorenzo Conti, Crover’s Managing Director, explains: “Like a plane’s wings in air, or a boat’s rotor in water, the patented technology behind our Crover robot allows it to fluently ‘swim’ through bulk solids, like cereals and grains, monitoring their condition while they are still in storage and without leaving any grain unchecked. Our aim is to improve grain storage systems, helping to build the resilience of the grain supply chain and the wider global food system.”
Funded by Innovate UK, start-up Crover Ltd, Agri-EPI Centre and East of Scotland Farmers have teamed up to develop and trial the Crover in Perth and Kinross, a farm in Northumberland and across Agri-EPI’s UK wide network of satellite farms.