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 Campana
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323898669

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Solar Energy Advancements in Agriculture and Food Production Systems provides a comprehensive overview of recent advancements in solar energy conversion technologies and their use in agriculture and the agri-food sectors. This book covers uses of solar energy in precision agriculture and concepts of agrophotovoltaic, aquavoltaic, solar bioreactors and solar pasteurization. Providing a technological and scientific look at assisting society, with scales to improve their productivity and sustainability, this book also addresses innovative, effective and more sustainable solutions for agriculture using sustainable, renewable energy sources and modern energy-efficient for cost-improved technologies. This reference is useful and practical for professionals, engineers, researchers, and anyone planning to develop solar powered projects in the agriculture and food production sectors.

Key Features

  • Includes principles and advances of solar energy conversion technologies
  • Considers challenges and prospects of solar energy precision, solar-powered wireless sensor networks and IoT
  • Evaluates the potential use of emerging solar technologies in agriculture, including solar pasteurization and solar algae production systems


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

Table of Contents

  • 1. Solar energy technology in agriculture: Developments, policies, and barriers
    2. Solar energy conversion technologies: Principles and advancements
    3. Advances in Solar Greenhouse Systems for Cultivation of Agricultural Products
    4. Photovoltaic water pumping systems for irrigation: Principles and advances
    5. Agrivoltaics: Solar power generation and food production
    6. Aquavoltaics: Dual use of water bodies for solar power generation and aquaculture
    7. Solar heating and cooling applications in agriculture and food processing systems
    8. Solar Desalination Technology to Supply Water for Agricultural Applications
    9. Solar applications for drying of agricultural and marine products
    10. Applications of solar energy in precision agriculture and smart Farming
    11. Economics and Environmental Impacts of Solar Energy Technologies
    12. Emerging Applications of Solar Energy in Agriculture and Aquaculture Systems

Product details

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

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 with the first rank. She is the editor of the book 'Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conversion: Technologies, Applications, and Environmental Impacts', published by Elsevier in 2020. Dr. Gorjian’s main research area is renewable energy applications in agriculture (AgroRenewables). She was the lead guest editor of a special issue on 'Feasibility, Efficiency, and Sustainability of Renewable Energy Applications in Agriculture' in the Journal of Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments (Elsevier) in 2021. Dr. Gorjian's research interests include solar desalination technologies, hybrid PVT systems, energy and exergy analysis, and renewable energy systems modeling and simulation. She has published several papers in high-impact international journals and has been invited to speak at several national and international conferences.

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 Campana

Dr. Petro Elia Campana is senior lecturer and associate professor (docent) in energy and environmental engineering at Mälardalen University. He is subject Editor for Applied Energy (IF= 9.746, 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 research assistant professor at Mälardalen University. He split his time between Mälardalen University and KTH-Royal Institute of Technology from 2017 to 2019. 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. Dr. Campana has more than 90 publications including journal papers, of which one paper in Nature Energy, conference papers, book chapters, and books.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

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