Water Management

Innovations and Challenges in Micro Irrigation

Potential Use of Solar Energy and Emerging Technologies in Micro Irrigation
Editors: Megh R. Goyal, PhD, PE
Manoj K. Ghosal, PhD

Potential Use of Solar Energy and Emerging Technologies in Micro Irrigation

Pub Date: December 2016
Hardback Price: $149.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771883641
E-Book ISBN: 9781315366272
Pages: 360pp w/ index
Binding Type: hardback
Series: Innovations and Challenges in Micro Irrigation
Volume: 4
Notes: 21 color and 88 b/w illustrations

This new book, the fourth volume in the Innovations and Challenges in Micro Irrigation book series, examines the potential of solar energy and other emerging energy technologies in micro irrigation to create sustainable energy sources. The authors discuss a variety of innovative micro irrigation system designs, with a special focus on solar energy and photovoltaic (PV) energy.

In many countries, the cost and availability of traditional sources of energy have been a factor. Sunshine, however, is abundant in many regions of the world and it is freely available. With the decline of the cost of solar energy and PV energy technology, the application of solar photovoltaic systems for the pumping of water for irrigation is being more widely applied. With chapters written by international researchers, Potential Use of Solar Energy and Emerging Technologies in Micro Irrigation explores potential uses of solar energy in micro irrigation that can minimize problems of water scarcity worldwide.

Including case studies of applications and examples of solar energy in micro irrigation, this new book:

  • examines several new and innovative design systems for micro irrigation
  • reviews a portable solar photovoltaic powered pumping system for micro irrigation systems in vegetable cultivation
  • discusses a new concept of measured irrigation (MI), which is a low pressure micro irrigation system that controls the application rate to each plant
  • presents a mathematical model with suitable assumptions to evaluate thermal need
  • reviews the performance of a solar greenhouse for water saving and sustainable farming
  • examines several uses of green energy sources
  • considers nutrient management through drip fertigation to improve yield and quality of crops
  • looks at water use efficiency for crops under greenhouse cultivation
Engineers and others will find new methods to use micro irrigation design to solve the water scarcity problems in water management using the principles of solar energy and photovoltaic solar pumps in micro irrigation.

Preface by Megh R. Goyal

Part I: Basics of Micro Irrigation
1. Water and Nutrient Management in Drip Irrigation in India: Review
U. Surendran, V. Kumar, K. Madhava Chandran, and E. J. Joseph

2. Design of Trickle Irrigation Systems
I. Pai Wu and Harris M. Gitlin

3. Selected Design Examples of Drip Irrigation Systems
Vishal K. Chavan

4. Gravity-Feed Drip Irrigation for Agricultural Crops
Bernard Omodei and Richard Koech

Part II: Potential of Solar Energy in Micro Irrigation
5. Portable Solar Photovoltaic Powered Pumping System for Micro Irrigation System in Vegetable Cultivation
M. K. Ghosal

6. Thermal Modeling of a Solar Greenhouse for Water Saving and Sustainable Farming
M. K. Ghosal

7. Use of Green Energy Sources for Micro Irrigation Systems
M. K. Ghosal

Part III: Emerging Technologies
8. Nutrient Management through Drip Fertigation to Improve Yield and Quality of Mulberry Crop
K. Arunadevi, P.K. Selvaraj, and V. Kumar

9. Water Use Efficiency for Bell Pepper (Capsicum) Under Greenhouse Cultivation
Ranjan Kumar Das and M. K. Ghosal

10. Adaptability of Drip Irrigated Canola in Different Regions of Egypt
Mona A. M. Soliman, N. M. Mahrous, Sabreen KH. Pibars, and M. Hassib

11. Energy Analysis of Wheat under Pressurized Irrigation
Mohamed E. El-Hagarey, Hani A. A. Mansour, and M. S. Gaballah


About the Authors / Editors:
Editors: Megh R. Goyal, PhD, PE
Retired Professor in Agricultural and Biomedical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus Senior Acquisitions Editor, Biomedical Engineering and Agricultural Science, Apple Academic Press, Inc. email: goyalmegh@gmail.com

Megh R. Goyal, PhD, PE, is a Retired Professor in Agricultural and Biomedical Engineering from the General Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at University of Puerto Rico–Mayaguez Campus; and Senior Acquisitions Editor and Senior Technical Editor-in-Chief in Agriculture and Biomedical Engineering for Apple Academic Press Inc. He has worked as a Soil Conservation Inspector and as a Research Assistant at Haryana Agricultural University and Ohio State University. He was first agricultural engineer to receive the professional license in Agricultural Engineering in 1986 from College of Engineers and Surveyors of Puerto Rico. On September 16, 2005, he was proclaimed as “Father of Irrigation Engineering in Puerto Rico for the twentieth century” by the ASABE, Puerto Rico Section, for his pioneer work on micro irrigation, evapotranspiration, agroclimatology, and soil and water engineering. During his professional career of 45 years, he has received many prestigious awards. A prolific author and editor, he has written more than 200 journal articles and textbooks and has edited over 25 books. He received his BSc degree in engineering from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India; his MSc and PhD degrees from Ohio State University, Columbus; and his Master of Divinity degree from Puerto Rico Evangelical Seminary, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, USA.

Manoj K. Ghosal, PhD
Professor, Department of Farm Machinery and Power, College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Manoj Kumar Ghosal, PhD, is a full Professor in the Department of Farm Machinery and Power at the College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology at Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India. Dr. Ghosal has authored books, manuals, and book chapters and has published over 95 research papers in peer-reviewed journals as well as more than 40 popular technical articles. His books include Renewable Energy Resources: Basic Principles and Applications, Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Sources, Farm Power, and Renewable Energy Technologies.

In addition, he has published on earth air heat exchangers, thermal modeling of greenhouses, solar photovoltaic cool chambers, among other topics. He is at present associate editor of the International Journal of Agricultural Engineering and the International Journal of Tropical Agriculture, and he is currently serving on the editorial boards of a number of national/international scientific/technical journals. He acts as a referee of many national/ international journals and as a consultant and resource person to different governmental and nongovernmental organizations. Dr. Ghosal is a member of several state and national level committees working on renewable energy applications and environmental impacts. He received his BTech degree in agricultural engineering in 1988 from Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, his MTech degree in 1990 from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, West Bengal, India, and his PhD degree in 2004 from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, New Delhi, India.

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