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Renewable Energy Agricultural Multipurpose for Farmers

Objective

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.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-INCO-MPC-3
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF FLORENCE
Address
P.zza S.marco, 4
Firenze
Italy

Participants (11)

UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER
United Kingdom
Address
Cromore Road
Coleraine - Ulster
CENTRO INTERDIPARTIMENTALE DI RICERCA PER LE ENERGIE ALTERNATIVE E RINNOVABILI
Italy
Address
Via S.marta 3, - Italia
Firenze
ADM ELECTRIC SAL
Lebanon
Address
Antelias Highway
Antelias
ASSOCIATION LIBANAISE POUR LA MAITRISE DE L'ENERGIE ET POUR L'ENVIRONNEMENT
Lebanon
Address
Furn El Chebbak
Beirut
CENTRE DÉVELOPMENT ENERGIES RENOUVELABLES
Morocco
Address
Rue El Machaar El Haram, Issil
Marrakesh
INSTYTUT TECHNOLOGICZNO - PRZYRODNICZY (INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND LIFE SCIENCES)
Poland
Address
Falenty Aleja Hrabska, 3
Raszyn
Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute
Lebanon
Address
Rayak Road, Tal - Amara
Zahle
NATIONAL ENERGY RESEARCH CENTER
Jordan
Address
Ahmed Al-tarawneh Street
Al-jubiha, Amman
OELLE COSTRUZIONI MECCANICHE S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Dante Alighieri, 14/16
Torre Orsaia (Salerno)
ROYAL SCIENTIFIC SOCIETY
Jordan
Address
Ahmad Al-tarawne
Amman
Sociedad Española del Acumulador Tudor SA
Spain
Address
Cantabria 2
Alcobendas (Madrid)