Thorvald - where plant biology meets cutting-edge technology
Multi-functional, modular, autonomous, efficient and good for both your plants/vines and the environment.
Fits all farms
Thorvald can help & assist in a number of ways because it is modular, autonomous and good for your plants/vines.
Thorvald is a number of different robots rolled into one, all built using the same basic modules, and rebuilt using only basic hand tools. The modules are designed to enable high quality robots that can quickly be customised for a given application in a given environment, such as a greenhouse, tunnel, open field and orchard.
Thorvald can perform tasks such as UV-treatment, picking fruits and vegetables, phenotyping, in-field transportation, cutting grass for forage, spraying and data collection/crop prediction.
Thorvald is autonomous so it operates entirely on its own. Our dedicated team is constantly working on developing solutions to other real-world agricultural problems.
Good for your plants/vines
Powdery mildew is an expensive problem which needs tight control. Thorvald provides that control, protecting your valuable plants/vines through the application of UV-light, each and every night, so you and your team don’t have to.
How childhood play led to tackling world hunger with robots
Meet Halvard Grimstad, Head of Deployment and one of the Robotic Engineers working with Thorvald. Halvard grew up in Norway surrounded by farms and playing with Lego. As a Robotics Engineer, he combines his love for nature and putting things together to create robots that will revolutionise farming.
Oliver Pascall, Clock House Farm
"I see robotics as key to decarbonising some in field operations, for example we can use solar charged robots instead of tractors. Robots are a huge part of our future and a partnership with Thorvald is a real key to achieving that, especially through the Robotic Highways project which we are both involved with."
Until now agricultural robots have been designed to operate in only one type of environment, with no or limited possibilities for customisation. Thorvald is a new module-based robot design that allows for very different robots to be built using a set of standardised modules, and rebuilt using only basic hand tools. The modules are designed to enable high quality robots that can quickly be customised for a given application in a given environment, such as a greenhouse, tunnel, open field and orchard.
Autonomy & Tools
Thorvald navigates autonomously using proprietary state of the art software and is operated via an intuitive, easy to use interface. Autonomous navigation has been tested by robot operation over thousands of kilometres in challenging, real-world agricultural environments including polytunnels, open fields and vineyards throughout the world.
Thorvald is an autonomous tool carrier, with more and more tools being developed each week and month. In fact, Thorvald’s modular structure means there are almost limitless possibilities for new tools and we are developing a number of them with both commercial and academic partners.
Interested in being our tool partner? We are inviting partners to develop and deploy further tasks to fill the large field of opportunities for robotics in agriculture.