The RAMseS proposal aims to introduce renewable energy in agriculture (specifically photovoltaic power) in an approach producing a two-fold advantage: solve the problems that are usually associated with renewable energy, that is intermittency and the need for storage and provide concrete support for farms and farmers. The proposal aims at an innovative approach of coupling photovoltaic power to a battery powered, all-purpose vehicle. In this scheme, the batteries serve a dual purpose of storage elements and power sources for the vehicle, so optimising the value and spreading their cost.
The vehicle can then be used for a variety of agricultural tasks. The innovative and integrated all-solar power system and multipurpose agricultural vehicle is therefore a complete solar power system able to achieve the project goals of advancing towards sustainability. The proposed integrated prototype of solar power storage and agricultural vehicle will be based on concepts which by now are sufficiently developed to be usable to build a practical and efficient system composed of a photovoltaic system and a light/medium duty vehicle for agricultural work.
At the same time, these technologies ensure low cost and suitability to the specific socio-economic local conditions. The solar power photovoltaic system would be used to generate and manage electrical energy. The vehicle is not just a vehicle, but also a multi-purpose energy system for a series of services, which include energy storage, power production on demand, and back-up power system against grid blackouts, which are frequent in Mediterranean countries.
As a vehicle it would be used for a variety of purposes such as crops transportation, spraying of pesticides, irrigation, crops collection and it can operate also as an all-purpose, low speed road vehicle. It would be especially suitable for Southern Mediterranean countries where the potential for renewable energy is very high in terms of solar irradiation.
Fields of science
- engineering and technologyelectrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineeringelectrical engineeringelectric energy
- engineering and technologyenvironmental engineeringenergy and fuelsrenewable energysolar energyphotovoltaic
- engineering and technologyindustrial biotechnologybiomaterialsbiofuels
- agricultural sciencesagriculture, forestry, and fisheriesagriculture
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Funding SchemeSTREP - Specific Targeted Research Project