Water harvesting for young trees using Peltier modules powered by photovoltaic solar energy

Muñoz-García, Miguel Angel and Moreda Cantero, Guillermo P. and Raga Arroyo, Manuela Pilar and Marín González, Omar (2013). Water harvesting for young trees using Peltier modules powered by photovoltaic solar energy. "Computers And Electronics in Agriculture", v. 93 ; pp. 60-67. ISSN 0168-1699. https://doi.org/10.1016.j.compag.2013.01.014.

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Title: Water harvesting for young trees using Peltier modules powered by photovoltaic solar energy
Author/s:
  • Muñoz-García, Miguel Angel
  • Moreda Cantero, Guillermo P.
  • Raga Arroyo, Manuela Pilar
  • Marín González, Omar
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Computers And Electronics in Agriculture
Date: 2013
ISSN: 0168-1699
Volume: 93
Subjects:
Faculty: E.U.I.T. Agrícolas (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Rural [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Young trees transplanted from nursery into open field require a minimum amount of soil moisture to successfully root in their new location, especially in dry-climate areas. One possibility is to obtain the required water from air moisture. This can be achieved by reducing the temperature of a surface below the air dew point temperature, inducing water vapor condensation on the surface. The temperature of a surface can be reduced by applying the thermoelectric effect, with Peltier modules powered by electricity. Here, we present a system that generates electricity with a solar photovoltaic module, stores it in a battery, and finally, uses the electricity at the moment in which air humidity and temperature are optimal to maximize water condensation while minimizing energy consumption. Also, a method to reduce the evaporation of the condensed water is proposed. The objective of the system is to sustain young plants in drier periods, rather than exclusively irrigating young plants to boost their growth.

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Item ID: 21685
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/21685/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:21685
DOI: 10.1016.j.compag.2013.01.014
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 01 Apr 2014 11:33
Last Modified: 01 May 2015 22:56
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