June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Energy Conversion and Conservation
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Agriculture uses 85% of available freshwater resources worldwide, and this percentage willcontinue to be dominant in water consumption because of population growth and increased fooddemand. There is an urgent need to create strategies based on science and technology forsustainable use of water, including technical, agronomic, managerial, and institutionalimprovements.This paper addresses water scarcity and food crisis by designing and implementing a smartirrigation system. It presents the details of a solar-powered automated irrigation system thatdispenses the exact amount of water required depending on the soil moisture, hence minimizingthe waste of water. A network of sensor nodes is used to collect the humidity and temperature ofthe soil which is transmitted to a remote station. This data will be analyzed and used to remotelycontrol the amout of water dispensed by solenoid valves. The designed project is currentlyoperating at the university-owned agricultural experimental research station. The system can betailored to the type of food or crop being grown. The design team incorporated the theory ofdigital control and feedback system, and digital communication in the design andimplementation of this project.The paper will present the detail of the design, leasons learned from implementing such a systemand suggestions for future improvements.
Ososanya, E. T., & Haghani, S., & Mahmoud, W. H., & Lakeou, S., & Diarra, S. D. (2015, June), Design and Implementation of a Solar-Powered Smart Irrigation System Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23792
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