Solar Energy Utilization in Irrigation Networks The Case of Beypazarı


ULUDAĞ ÜNİVERSİTESİ ZİRAAT FAKÜLTESİ DERGİSİ, vol.30, pp.364-373, 2016 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)


Together with increasing world population, the changes experienced in agricultural systems oriented world agriculture from
extensive to intensive agriculture. Such transformation has brought together various needs, problems and limitations. Among those
problems and limitations, insufficiency and sustainability of resources, continuous energy needs for resource utilization,
transportation and energy costs are the leading ones. Current climate change and resultant global warming even aggravate these
problems especially in intensive agriculture. Therefore, modern irrigation systems are recommended to be used instead of classical
systems. The energy to be used in modern systems should also be rational, environment-friendly, renewable and economic. Thus,
solar energy is getting more and more popular in modern irrigation systems. In this study, operation of photovoltaic system (solar
energy system) with 90kw/h fixed and 9,8kw/h portable panels integrated into irrigation system in Beypazarı town of Ankara
province was investigated. Irrigation and energy costs of the irrigations carried out with solar energy integrated into irrigation
network were determined and comparisons were made with classical networks operated with mains electricity and battery-type solar
energy systems. Economic, technical and environmental assessments were also performed.