1st Edition

Solar Energy in Agriculture Principles and Applications

    280 Pages 120 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    The book focuses on all the possible options of solar energy use and generation in agriculture sector. The book covers basic fundamentals of solar energy resources and technologies are discussed in detail. Overall, the book contains 23 chapters. Out of these, first two chapters focus on solar energy use pattern in agriculture sector in India at present time along with future scopes. The next eight chapters (Chapter No. 3-10) give a basic knowledge on fundamental principles of solar photovoltaic and thermal technologies. Last 13 chapters (Chapter No. 11-23) presents the applications of solar thermal and photovoltaic technology in different farm operations and postharvest processing in agriculture sector.
    Note: T& F does not sell or distribute the Hardback in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The title is co-published with New India Publishing Agency.

    1. Energy requirements in agriculture and renewable energy options for future 2.  A brief overview of solar energy initiatives in India: past, present and future 3. Solar passive technique for cooling in arid region  4. Theory of solar thermal technology and its applications in agriculture  5. Fundamental theories and laws of solar radiation and solar PV technology 6. Solar cooker and dryer: basic design criteria  7.Mathematical model of solar air heater for performance evaluation  8. Basic principles of flat plate and evacuated tube collectors in  solar water heater  9. Basic principles of solar refrigeration and its applications  10. Theory of solar air heaters and its application in cold region 11. Animal feed solar cooker, solar candle device and passive cool chamber: principles and applications  12. Concentrating type of collectors and their potential application in agriculture  13. Solar PV pumping system for irrigation: principles and applications and its performance  14. PV hybrid structure for cultivation of crops in arid region  15. Solar PV devices for application of chemicals in crop fields: PV operated duster and sprayers  16. Field performance of solar PV pumping system: A case study with 1 HP solar pump  17. Application of PCM materials in temperature regulation inside protected agriculture structure 18. Phase change material based solar dryer for value addition in agricultural produces 19. Economic analysis of solar energy devices 20. Advances in solar photovoltaic technology: monocrystalline to flexible solar panels 21. Roof top harvesting of solar energy: A case analysis  22. Phase change materials - A sustainable way of solar thermal energy storage 23. Passive and hybrid cooling systems for building in hot dry climatic condition 24. Solar drying in food processing and effect on quality parameters


    Priyabrata Santra, ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Rajasthan, India

    Ranjay Kumar Singh, ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Rajasthan, India

    Surendra Poonia, ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Rajasthan, India

    Dilip Jain, ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Rajasthan, India