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Prof. Peter Pickel


Organisation: MANUFUTURE Agricultural Engineering and Technologies Sub-ETP

Position in the organisation: Chairman

Biography note: Position Title: Manger External Relations, Deputy Director John Deere ETIC Service Date: Apr. 1st 2007 John Deere Werke Mannheim | June 1st 2010 European Technology and Innovation Center | Education: 1988 Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technical University of Berlin | 1993 Dr.-Ing. (PhD), Technical University of Berlin

Career Highlights:
• Employed at Technical University of Berlin, Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Construction Machinery (June 1988 – May 1993)
• Employed at a Berlin-SME “KLIMASySTEMTECHNIK” – Development of software for simulation of the thermal and energetic behavior of commercial buildings including air flow, air conditioning plants, and economical assessment tools (industrial R&D with public funding, Oct. 1993 – July 1995)
• Manager at a railroad technology enterprise “RAILTEC/RABOTEC” (in the Mannheim region – later taken over by GE, Aug. 1995 – Dec. 1997)
• Manager Product Engineering at VOEGELE (Mannheim, subsidiary company of the WIRTGEN Group, product group: street pavers, Jan. 1998 – Sep. 1999)
• Professor for Agricultural Engineering, Environmental Technology and Communal Machinery at the Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg, Jan. 2000 – Mar. 2010)
• Dean of the Agricultural Faculty at the Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg, Oct. 2003 – Sep. 2006)
• Director of the Institute for Agricultural Engineering at the Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg (Apr. 2000 – Sep. 2006)
• Manager Tractor Applications at JDWM (Apr. 2007 – June 2010)

Affiliations, Organizations:
• German Engineering Societies (VDI-MEG as a board member)
• Chairman of the European Sub-Technology Platform for Agricultural Engineering and Technologies (MANUFUTURE AET)


Parallel Workshop Session W2.4 – “Sustainable Concepts in Agricultural Production Systems. Visions of the MANUFUTURE AET Sub-ETP”

One important activity within MANUFUTURE is the Agricultural Engineering and Technologies Sub- Technology-Platform (Sub-ETP) which was established in 2006 in the beginning mainly driven by the German VDMA and the VDI-MEG and represents Europe’s agricultural engineering research community at the EC Directorate General Research. The AET has developed technology visions with a strong focus on two issues: 

1. Development and implementation of visionary production technologies in alignment with MANUFUTURE’s main organisation
2. Development of agricultural automation technology in combination with methodologies from industrial production for highly sustainable agricultural manufacturing

This is connected to new power trains in agricultural mobile machinery. As in on-road transport, agricultural machinery will have to meet future greenhouse gas emission goals. There are basically two paths possible. While the conventional path is the biofuels, the second path is the “electric path”. In front of automatic machine guidance and control, the essential feature of this electric drive technology is to enable agricultural vehicles becoming mobile“factory like”but mobile tool machines and thus, for developing highly-integrated agricultural platforms in seamless cooperation with next generation farm management software. Furthermore, electric mobile machinery will open a new field for electromobility beyond on-road transport systems.


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