EcoRobotix SA: Winner Environmental Award 2018

ecoRobotix develops, manufactures and markets innovative energy-saving agricultural machinery. These reduce the environmental impact associated with modern agriculture and at the same time lower costs.

Vision and goal

The company’s vision is to contribute to environmentally friendly agriculture that focuses on soil and water conservation. The goal is to provide accurate, safe, reliable and affordable robotic solutions that simplify farmers’ lives and produce healthy food.

The robots move according to a predefined RTK-GPS path guidance and also operate on solar power, so no recharging is required. This allows them to function up to 12 hrs per day without human control. Precise spraying means no crops are affected, requiring 90% less herbicide. The light machines also avoid soil compaction and thus preserve the organic life of the soil.

Types of the robot

Currently, there are two types for different applications.

First, the company provides the weed robot, which avoids blanket herbicide use. Targeted and precise application makes it possible to use exactly the right amount in the right place. Second, there is the phenomobile for scouting and phenotyping. The robot is fully autonomous and very lightweight.

Winners of the Environmental Award of the Economy

On October 23, 2018, ecoRobotix won the first edition of the Business Environment Award. “The award means a lot to us,” said Aurelín, CEO of ecoRobotix. “When we started the project, our first motivation was to use technology for the benefit of nature. My business partner comes from a farming family, so it was natural for us to focus on ways to reduce the negative impact of agriculture on the environment. This award shows us that we’re on the right track, and that’s a great recognition.”

The Business Environment Award is sponsored by the Swiss Environmental Foundation and the “Go for Impact” association. The prize honors Swiss companies that combine ecological innovations with economic success.

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