The 21st century has ushered in the era of commercial renewable energy. On each project, owners, end-users, developers, and subcontractors explore numerous options to maximize the efficiency of each plot of land.
System Designer Francisco Blasco and his team at Iser Smart Energy, who worked in partnership with Bet Solar faced considerable challenges in calculating the energy needs of the plant - not least because there are so few examples of this kind of installation on this scale.
NextGen Nano has released an infographic highlighting how the production of solar-powered glazing for greenhouse windows can help contribute to a sustainable future.
The pairing of photovoltaics and agriculture is something that must be further explored, including more supportive legislation and regulations allowing for this dual use of land.
It's expected that solar energy products will become more prevalent across several industries, including agriculture. Below, let's explore what kinds of new solar technologies are helping to farm agricultural fields.
Agricultural technology (agtech) engineers are also exploring renewable energy's place in the industry. The Solinftec company paired IoT field scanners with solar power to enhance farming sustainability.
Solar-powered Solutions on the Farm: Purdue-affiliated Company Completes Microgrid for Crop Production Facility
Adding solar power with energy storage was the first step in the company's long-term vision of lowering its carbon footprint and using clean energy to power its operation.
Just like a satellite, SolarXOne is packed with technologies. Half airplane, half drone, this UAV weighs 25 kg, has a 4.50 m wingspan, and is innovative in several ways.
If you think about it, an industry that is wholly dependent on nature and the environment should look to the sun for free power. No wonder agriculture was one of the first industries to adopt solar energy.
Dual-purpose solar is the strategic co-locating and land management for both solar power development, ecosystem services and agricultural production. This method can reduce electricity costs, preserve soil health for traditional land use after decommissioning.
The array at Just A Few Acres features thirty-six, 170-watt panels, amounting to a cumulative 6.2 kilowatt capacity. The panels are framed by three poles that can be manually tilted throughout the year to accommodate for seasonal changes in the sun's position.
Flexible solar such as copper indium gallium diselenide CIGS is a multi-billion dollar success on city building facades because no strengthening is needed. Harmlessly, farmers could use it across walls and buildings, selling the power.
The farmer realized it would be more cost-effective and environmentally sound to begin sourcing their electricity from the sun. Impressively, the new solar system provides enough energy to irrigate 450 hectares (1,112 acres) of corn, oat and pastures for cattle ranching.
UMD Researchers Lead New Multi-Institutional Grant to Examine the Legal, Economic, and Policy Implications of Solar Power on Agricultural Land
The project will assess the legal, economic, and policy implications of solar power on agricultural land to produce educational resources for Extension agents and attorneys to help farmers and rural landowners understand drawbacks and benefits to leasing their land for solar power.
Perdue Farms Becomes the First Poultry Company in the United States To Create a Pollinator-Friendly Habitat Throughout its Solar Installation
A pollinator-friendly ground cover consists of a variety of flowering plants that provide food in the form of nectar and pollen. It contains a mixture of plants that bloom from early spring to late fall so that flowers will be available when pollinators are active.
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The next evolution in Dorner's Edge Roller Technology conveyor platform, the ERT®150, is ideal for small and light-load assembly automation, as well as medical and medical-device assembly application. The ERT platform is the only pallet conveyor of its kind available with an ISO Standard Class 4 rating for cleanroom applications. Earning the ISO Standard 14644-1 Class 4 rating means Dorner's ERT150 will conform and not contribute to the contamination of cleanrooms to those standards. As implied by its name, the ERT150 (Edge Roller Technology) uses rollers to move pallets through the conveyor smoothly with no friction (a byproduct often seen in belt-driven platforms). The conveyor's open design eliminates concerns of small parts or screws dropping into rollers and causing conveyor damage or jamming. The ERT150 is suited to operate in cleanroom environments requiring a pallet handling conveyor. It is capable of zoning for no or low-back pressure accumulation and is ideal for automation assembly applications within industries including medical devices, electronics, consumer goods among others.