Solar Energy in Regina for Agriculture
Climate change is one of the most pressing concerns of the 21st century. With continuous rising global temperature, it is vital for each and every sector to concentrate on the number of greenhouse gasses they emit and the amount of fossil fuels they consume. Warmer temperatures are causing havoc such as drought, floods, and early frost. With such rising concerns, solar energy is proving to be a boom to mankind. Each and every sector is trying to adapt to this renewable form of energy. Agriculture is one such sector, which can benefit hugely due to the adoption of solar energy. With the rising global population, the demand for agricultural products is increasing at an exponential rate. So, how does solar power in Regina work for agriculture?
Solar energy possesses a huge potential for solar irrigation and can be used to pump water for livestock and crops. We need to design or renovate buildings to trap the heat available in daylight, this trapped heat can also be used to warm homes and livestock yards. Some livestock need a continuous supply of fresh air, at Kelln Solar we can design systems that can run coolers and other such boxes and avoid electricity bills. The most cost-effective approach is to ask your builder to design the structure of the building in such a way that it effectively optimizes the sunlight it receives. Solar water heaters can provide hot water for cattle cleaning and pen cleaning. Dairy operations can use hot solar water to warm and stimulate cows’ udders as well, the sunlight can be used to generate electricity to power homes and agriculture houses.
Drying Crops and Grains
A major percentage of agriculture produce is spoiled during the traditional open-air drying. Using solar drying methods can dry crops faster and at a more even rate than leaving them out in the open in the field, with the added protection from birds, insects, and worms. Easily perishable crops are often difficult to dry and most of the percentage ends up getting spoiled. With solar drying, you can easily dry these crops and enable longer storages times and easier transportation. This will significantly decrease the number of spoiled crops and contribute to increasing farmer’s income. There are several types or solar dryers, such as direct drying with a solar box dryer, indirect drying with a solar cabinet dryer, mixed mode drying with a solar tunnel dryer, or hybrid dryer with a hybrid solar biomass cabinet dryer. Typically, a solar drying apparatus consists of a shed, a drying rack and a solar collector. The shed traps the solar heat coming from the south facing window and natural convection or a solar fan propels the heat. If your farm already has a crop dryer in place, it makes more sense to replace the conventional fuel powering the apparatus with solar energy. You can save both money and emissions with this method.