Special Issue "Energy Efficiency in Agriculture"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2019).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Andreas Meyer-Aurich
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Department of Technology Assessment and Substance Cycles, Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy, Max-Eyth-Allee 100, 14469 Potsdam, Germany
Interests: GHG mitigation in agriculture; methane; nitrous oxide; carbon sequestration; carbon dioxide; bioenergy; biochar
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Dr. Demetres Briassoulis
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Department of Natural Resources & Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural University of Athens
Interests: integrated design of farm structures; functionalities of plastics of the agriofood sector; bio-based materials; design, degradation, and biodegradation of bio-based plastics
Prof. Fátima Baptista
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University of Évora/MED - Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Development
Interests: energy efficiency, greenhouses, animal buildings, environmental control, circular economy
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Dr. Tommy Dalgaard
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Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University
Interests: fossil-energy use, bioenergy production, energy balances, greenhouse-gas emissions, life-cycle aseessments, sustainable farming systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue examines recent advances in the analysis of energy efficiency in agriculture. The call for papers includes analyses in all research areas of agriculture, including animal husbandry and crop production in arable and permanent cropping systems (e.g., grassland, orchards, and vineyards) with respect to energy use in agriculture and energy efficiency. The submitted papers should follow a systems approach and analyze the energy efficiency for the whole production system. Partial analyses are also welcome. We welcome contributions of both reviews and original research.

Dr. Andreas Meyer-Aurich
Dr. Demetres Briassoulis
Dr. Fátima Baptista
Dr. Tommy Dalgaard
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • energy efficiency
  • agricultural production system
  • environment
  • agricultural economics

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Open AccessTechnical Note
Energetic Aspects of Turfgrass Mowing: Comparison of Different Rotary Mowing Systems
Agriculture 2019, 9(8), 178; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture9080178 - 11 Aug 2019
Abstract
Turfgrass mowing is one of the most important operations concerning turfgrass maintenance. Over time, different mowing machines have been developed, such as reel mowers, rotary mowers, and flail mowers. Rotary mowers have become the most widespread mowers for their great versatility and easy [...] Read more.
Turfgrass mowing is one of the most important operations concerning turfgrass maintenance. Over time, different mowing machines have been developed, such as reel mowers, rotary mowers, and flail mowers. Rotary mowers have become the most widespread mowers for their great versatility and easy maintenance. Modern rotary mowers can be equipped with battery-powered electric motors and precise settings, such as blade rpm. The aim of this trial was to evaluate the differences in power consumption of a gasoline-powered rotary mower and a battery-powered rotary mower. Each mower worked on two different turfgrass species (bermudagrass and tall fescue) fertilized with two different nitrogen rates (100 and 200 kg ha−1). The battery-powered mower was set at its lowest and highest blade rpm value, while the gasoline-powered mower was set at full throttle. From the data acquired, it was possible to see that the gasoline-powered mower had a much higher primary energy requirement, independent of the turf species. Moreover, comparing the electricity consumption of the battery-powered mower over time, it was possible to see that the power consumption varied according to the growth rate of both turf species. These results show that there is a partial waste of energy when using a gasoline-powered mower compared to a battery-powered mower. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Efficiency in Agriculture)
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