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André Klein

André has a diploma graduate degree in mechanical and process engineering with a focus on mechatronics and machine design from TU Kaiserslautern. Since 2020 he has been a doctoral candidate in the department of mechanical and process engineering at TU Kaiserslautern. He joined John Deere GmbH & Co KG in Kaiserslautern as a product engineer in 2018.


GridCON2 – concept of a cable drum vehicle to offboard and supply 1MW fully electric agricultural systems

John Deere has taken part in the electrification of agricultural machines by presenting a variety of publicly funded projects. Project GridCON2, together with its corresponding project Feldschwarm, set the basis for a grid-connected agricultural swarm. In GridCON2, the development of a power distribution vehicle concept to supply a 1MW all-electric agricultural swarm is presented. This up-scaled cable-based energy transmission vehicle has an integrated cable management system and a novel cooling method for its 3km of cable. Orthocyclic winding and spacer rods are combined to allow balanced, fan-generated, forced air cooling. Test bench measurements are performed to develop the vehicle.