Solar Energy Advancements in Agriculture and Food Production Systems

Solar Energy Advancements in Agriculture and Food Production Systems

1st Edition - June 17, 2022

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  • Editors: Shiva Gorjian, Pietro Elia Campana
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323898669
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323886253

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Solar Energy Advancements in Agriculture and Food Production Systems aims to assist society and agricultural communities in different regions and scales to improve their productivity and sustainability. Solar energy, with its rapidly growing technologies and nascent market, has shown promise for integration into a variety of agricultural activities, providing an alternative, sustainable solution to current practices. To meet the future demands of modern sustainable agriculture, this book addresses the major existing problems by providing innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions using environment-friendly, advanced, energy-efficient, and cost-optimized solar energy technologies. This comprehensive book is intended to serve as a practical guide for scientists, engineers, policymakers, and stakeholders involved in agriculture and related primary industries, as well as sustainable energy development, and climate change mitigation projects. By including globally implemented solar-based agriculture projects in each chapter and highlighting the key associated challenges and benefits, it aims to bridge the knowledge gap between the market/real-world applications and research in the field.

Key Features

  • Provides up-to-date knowledge and recent advances in applications of solar energy technology in agriculture and food production
  • Introduces two advanced concepts of agrivoltaics and aquavoltaics and addresses their potentials, challenges, and barriers
  • Explains the application of solar energy technologies in agricultural systems, including greenhouse cultivation, water pumping and irrigation, desalination, heating and cooling, and drying
  • Explains the use of solar energy in agricultural automation and robotics, considering precision agriculture and smart farming application
  • Describes new applications of solar energy in agriculture and aquaculture, and technoeconomic and environmental impacts of solar energy technologies in agriculture and food production

Readership

Engineers, researchers, and students working in sustainable energy, and climate change mitigation projects

Table of Contents

  • Cover image
  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Copyright
  • List of contributors
  • Chapter 1. Solar energy for sustainable food and agriculture: developments, barriers, and policies
  • Abstract
  • 1.1 Introduction
  • 1.2 Sustainable food and agriculture
  • 1.3 Aims and framework of the book
  • Acknowledgment
  • References
  • Chapter 2. Solar energy conversion technologies: principles and advancements
  • Abstract
  • 2.1 Sustainable energy technologies
  • 2.2 Solar energy technologies
  • 2.3 Solar energy technology subsystems
  • 2.4 Applications of nanofluids in solar systems
  • 2.5 Photovoltaic–thermal technology
  • 2.6 Conclusions and prospects
  • References
  • Chapter 3. Advances in solar greenhouse systems for cultivation of agricultural products
  • Abstract
  • 3.1 Introduction
  • 3.2 Solar greenhouse technology
  • 3.3 Modeling of solar greenhouses
  • 3.4 Case studies and economics
  • 3.5 Summary and prospects
  • Acknowledgments
  • References
  • Chapter 4. Photovoltaic water pumping systems for irrigation: principles and advances
  • Abstract
  • 4.1 Introduction
  • 4.2 Photovoltaic water pumping systems
  • 4.3 Photovoltaic water pumping systems for irrigation
  • 4.4 Recent advances in photovoltaic water pumping systems for irrigation
  • 4.5 Case studies
  • 4.6 Economics, challenges, and prospects
  • 4.7 Conclusions
  • Acknowledgments
  • References
  • Chapter 5. Agrivoltaics: solar power generation and food production
  • Abstract
  • 5.1 Introduction
  • 5.2 Agricultural aspects
  • 5.3 Typical systems and applications
  • 5.4 Photovoltaic modules
  • 5.5 Economics
  • 5.6 The German preliminary standard DIN SPEC 91434
  • 5.7 Case study: agrivoltaics and society
  • 5.8 Agrivoltaic policies
  • 5.9 Conclusion and prospects
  • References
  • Chapter 6. Aquavoltaics: dual use of natural and artificial water bodies for aquaculture and solar power generation
  • Abstract
  • 6.1 Introduction
  • 6.2 Aquaculture
  • 6.3 Aquavoltaics
  • 6.4 Conclusions and outlook
  • References
  • Chapter 7. Solar heating and cooling applications in agriculture and food processing systems
  • Abstract
  • 7.1 Solar heating technologies
  • 7.2 Applications of solar thermal technologies in agriculture and food processing systems
  • 7.3 Conclusions and prospects
  • References
  • Chapter 8. Solar desalination technology to supply water for agricultural applications
  • Abstract
  • 8.1 Introduction
  • 8.2 Desalination and agriculture
  • 8.3 Solar-powered desalination for agricultural applications
  • 8.4 Case studies (implemented projects around the world)
  • 8.5 Economics and environmental impacts
  • 8.6 Conclusion and prospects
  • Acknowledgment
  • References
  • Chapter 9. Solar applications for drying of agricultural and marine products
  • Abstract
  • 9.1 Principles of drying technology
  • 9.2 Drying psychrometry
  • 9.3 Solar drying technology
  • 9.4 Optimal conditions for drying agriculture and marine products in solar dryers
  • 9.5 Integration of solar dryers with photovoltaic and photovoltaic-thermal modules
  • 9.6 Integration of dryers with solar thermal collectors
  • 9.7 Integration of solar dryers with energy storage systems
  • 9.8 Emerging solar drying technologies
  • 9.9 Economics of solar dryers
  • 9.10 Implemented projects
  • 9.11 Conclusions and prospects
  • Acknowledgment
  • References
  • Chapter 10. Applications of robotic and solar energy in precision agriculture and smart farming
  • Abstract
  • 10.1 Introduction
  • 10.2 Precision agriculture
  • 10.3 Robotic technology for precision agriculture
  • 10.4 Solar-powered robots for agriculture
  • 10.5 Conclusions
  • Acknowledgment
  • References
  • Chapter 11. Economics and environmental impacts of solar energy technologies
  • Abstract
  • 11.1 Introduction
  • 11.2 Overview and global progress in solar energy technologies
  • 11.3 Political, economic, social, technological, legal, and environmental analysis of solar energy technologies
  • 11.4 Potential economic and environmental impacts of solar energy technologies
  • 11.5 Tools for modeling the techno-economic and environmental impacts of SETs
  • 11.6 Conclusion
  • References
  • Chapter 12. Emerging applications of solar energy in agriculture and aquaculture systems
  • Abstract
  • 12.1 Introduction
  • 12.2 Solar crop production technologies
  • 12.3 Solar-powered crop protection systems
  • 12.4 Applications of solar technology in aquaculture systems
  • 12.5 Solar-powered pasteurization systems
  • 12.6 Conclusions and prospects
  • Acknowledgment
  • References
  • Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 496
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: June 17, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323898669
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323886253

About the Editors

Shiva Gorjian

Dr. Shiva Gorjian is an associate professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, and the Department of Renewable Energy, Faculty of Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, at Tarbiat Modares University (TMU), Tehran, Iran. She received her PhD in mechanics of biosystems engineering from TMU in 2014. She is the editor of the book Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conversion: Technologies, Applications, and Environmental Impacts (Elsevier, 2020). Her main research area is renewable energy applications in agriculture (AgroRenewables). She has been the lead guest editor of a special issue on the same theme in the Journal of Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments (Elsevier) in 2021. Dr. Gorjian's research interests include solar photovoltaics, solar desalination technologies, hybrid PVT systems, energy and exergy analysis, and modeling and simulation of renewable energy systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Biosystems Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture, and the Department of Renewable Energy, Faculty of Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Tarbiat Modares University (TMU), Tehran, Iran.

Pietro Elia Campana

Dr. Pietro Elia Campana is a senior lecturer and an associate professor (docent) in energy and environmental engineering at Mälardalen University. He is the subject editor for Applied Energy (Elsevier) and editor for the journal Energy Nexus (Elsevier) and Heliyon (Cell Press). He received his PhD in energy and environmental engineering from Mälardalen University in Sweden in 2015. From 2015 to 2021, he was a research assistant professor at Mälardalen University. Dr. Campana´s research interests include simulation and optimization of renewable energies and integrated energy systems, water-food-energy nexus, agrivoltaic systems, artificial intelligence, and Internet-of-Things techniques for renewable energy applications.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor (docent), Energy and Environmental Engineering, Mälardalen University.

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