GIS based solar resource analysis for irrigation purposes: Rural areas comparison under groundwater scarcity conditions
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AuthorRubio Aliaga, Álvaro; Sánchez Lozano, Juan Miguel; García Cascales, María Socorro; Benhamou, Mabrouk; Molina García, Ángel
Knowledge AreaProyectos de Ingeniería
SponsorsThe authors appreciate the EU Marenostrum-Erasmus Mundus Program, which allows us to collaborate with the Moulay Ismail University in Meknes (Morocco). This work has been partially supported by funds, DGICYT and Junta de Andalucía under projects TIN 2014-55024-P and P11-TIC-8001 respectively, and Seneca Foundation 19882-GERM-15.
Bibliographic CitationRubio-Aliaga, Á.; Sánchez-Lozano, J.M.; García-Cascales, M.S.; Benhamou, M.; Molina-García, A. GIS based solar resource analysis for irrigation purposes: Rural areas comparison under groundwater scarcity conditions. Sol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells 2016, 156, 128–139.
KeywordsSolar energy resource
Applicability solar energy
Solar water pumping
Sustainable rural development
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
During the past decade, most governments have been promoting energy efficiency programs and the integration of renewable energy sources into the majority of energy uses. Among the different sectors, the agricultural sector is becoming a more active participant to reduce fossil fuel dependence and improve environmental sustainability. Indeed, agriculture usually combines both a high energy demand and water problems associated with over-exploited aquifers, providing great potential and remarkable opportunities to change the energy mix and maximize the use and integration of natural resources in a rational way. Considering this framework, the present paper describes and compares the solar resource integration and its effects on agricultural pumping purposes in two Mediterranean countries, Spain and Morocco, with significant differences in terms of energy mix, climatic conditions and energy policies. As a novel contribution in this paper, we propose the use of GIS to analyze the spatial and ...
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