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Agronomy Webinar | Electrification and Sustainable Energy Systems to Improve Agriculture and Rural Areas

18 Jan 2023, 15:00 (CET)

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4th Agronomy Webinar

Electrification and Sustainable Energy Systems to Improve Agriculture and Rural Areas

According to the United Nations' sustainable objectives, agriculture is the single largest employer in the world, sustaining the livelihoods of 40 percent of the world’s population, many of whom continue to live in poverty. Agriculture uses a large amount of water, which in turn requires a lot of energy to be transformed to the point where it can actually be used. Such energy is usually electric, which implies a great economic cost as well as greenhouse gas emissions since it is usually of non-renewable origin. Today, rural areas are unpopulated, but this habit must begin to change. In addition, rural areas comprise the largest amount of crops on the planet.

Sustainable Energy Systems are the solution to many of the problems of the growth of energy demand, and, therefore, their sustainable development must begin to proliferate. These systems must be supported by renewable generation sources, distributed storage, and new control and management techniques. Sustainable Energy Systems should be implemented in modern agriculture and rural areas, allowing in the latter a more efficient and sustainable electrification.

With this scenario, this Special Issue is focused on electrification and sustainable energy systems to achieve an improvement in agriculture and rural areas. These developments will allow for a more sustainable and efficient agricultural system and rural areas.

Date: 18 January 2023

Time: 3:00 pm CET | 9:00 am EST | 10:00 pm CST Asia

Webinar ID: 872 4715 2279

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Department of Agricultural and Forestry Engineering, University of Valladolid, Spain

Prof. Dr. Luis Hernández-Callejo is currently a professor/researcher at the Department of Agricultural and Forestry Engineering, University of Valladolid. His research spans areas including renewable energy, photovoltaics, wind energy, microgrids, smart grids, smart cities, and artificial intelligence. Prof. Dr. Hernández-Callejo has numerous publications in Q1 journals, in the first positions in their respective areas. His publications have been cited an average of 80 times a year, an average of 23 times per article; he currently has an H-index of 21. In addition, Prof. Dr. Hernández-Callejo has extensive experience managing articles and Special Issues as an academic editor and reviewer for numerous leading journals. He also has participated in more than 10 national and international research projects, always on issues of renewable generation sources, microgrids, and smart grids.

Dep. Agrofrorestry Engineering, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain

Professor at the ETSI Agronomic, Food and Biosystems at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), since 2017 (before this, more than 15 years as Assistant and Associate Professor). Doctor by the UPM and Telecommunications Engineer. Training with various pre and postdoctoral courses, related to power electronics and photovoltaic energy (CIEMAT) as well as different courses and seminars received in the field of work in private companies. Research career spanning more than 20 years, including private companies (head of R&D projects), research centers (CIEMAT) and Public Universities (UC3M and UPM). Holder of three patents in operation. The last one, granted in 2022, consisting of a tool for the analisys of soiling effect over PV modules.

Invited Speakers

Electrical, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Dept., Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Prof. Dr. Carlos Meza works on topics related to photovoltaic systems, automatic control, and energy efficiency. He has been a visiting researcher at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Applied Sustainability in the Built Environment, Cannobio, Switzerland, and a senior postdoctoral researcher at the UNESCO International Center for Theoretical Physics, located in Trieste, Italy. In addition, he has given workshops, seminars, and courses on renewable energies in many countries in South America, Italy, Spain, and the United States. Currently, he is a professor in the Master's program in Photovoltaic Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences of Anhalt, Germany.

Photovoltaic Solar Energy Unit, CIEMAT, E.T.S.I Agronómica, Alimentaria y de Biosistemas, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

María Beatriz Nieto Morone is currently a PhD candidate at the UPM. Her research in photovoltaics focuses in circularity of photovoltaic systems through the recycling, repair and reuse of photovoltaic modules. She has developed tasks of professor in the Faculty of Engineering at UNRC in Argentina and at the same time she participated in the research tasks of the Solar Energy Group through the study of solar radiation models and development of photovoltaic devices.


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Time in CET

Prof. Dr. Luís Hernández Callejo

Chair Introduction

3:00 - 3:10 pm

Prof. Dr. Carlos Meza

Photovoltaics in Agriculture: Evolution and Current Challenges

3:10 - 3:30 pm

Ms. María Beatriz Nieto Morone

Trends in PV Deployment, and Challenges. Opportunities in Rural Areas.

3:30 - 3:50 pm

Q&A Session

3:50 - 4:10 pm

Closing of Webinar
Prof. Dr. Miguel-Ángel Muñoz-García

4:10 - 4:15 pm

Relevant SI

Electrification and Sustainable Energy Systems to Improve Agriculture and Rural Areas
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Luis Hernández-Callejo & Dr. Miguel-Ángel Muñoz-García
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 June 2023

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