Solar Energy in Agriculture

Solar Energy in Agriculture

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This is the 4th volume in an international energy reference book series aimed at bringing together, in a concise form, the basic principles and the most relevant data concerning both the efficient use of energy in agriculture and the food industry and alternative energy sources for agriculture. The theme of this volume is solar energy applications in agriculture. Since the 1960's the major industrial nations have faced an energy crisis; there is a realisation that fossil fuels exist in finite quantitities. In the 1970's and 80's, deposits of CO 2 in the atmosphere have increased, arguably resulting in an increase in global warming. Utilisation of solar energy could contribute to the improvement of man's standard of living while helping to decrease the potential for disasterous earth warming. The application of solar energy in agriculture is, in the main, environmentally benign. The purpose of this volume is to assist the solar energy system designer in understanding the principles of solar energy, to provide conceptual designs which are useful as application examples, and to provide specific equations and data for the design of specific applications.For large or complex installation activities, a preinstallation planning meeting with the local personnel is appropriate. Installation instructions are an essential part of the installation plan. If these are important for contractor-installed systems, anbsp;...

Title:Solar Energy in Agriculture
Author:Blaine F. Parker
Publisher:Elsevier Science Limited - 1991


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