New studies focused on improving energy Efficiency across agricultural settings are set forth by the CDA in partnership with the U.S. DOE and Colorado Energy Office. The two partnered studies spearheaded by NREL’s JISEA explore alternatives to conventional energy.
The first study circled around the potential of greenhouses to enhance energy Efficiency within controlled environment agriculture (CEA). It signifies the importance of the process in being an extremely energy-intensive system. As of now, most if not all of the energy demand is catered to by fossil fuels. Greenhouses play a crucial role in ensuring agricultural Efficiency across arctic, arid, and urban regions.
It can effectively improve water cycle and nutrient cycle control, maximize crop productivity, and further guard crops from extreme weather conditions and pests. By increasing the dependency on sustainable renewable resources can help ensure more resilient and reliable energy sources for greenhouses.Anaerobic digestion is the focal point during the second study. It is a process involving the breakdown of organic compounds by specific microorganisms in the absence of oxygen-producing biogas. The study examines how this particular process can power agricultural operations.
Researchers reviewed ways in which the existing dairy farms can generate sustainable energy. This involved utilization of animal waste for energy generation, ultimately improving the quality of air and water, all the while reducing the level of GHG emissions.Diary industry and agricultural farms are considered to be major contributors of methane emissions into the environment in the United States.