Special Issue "Photovoltaics and Electrification in Agriculture"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Agricultural Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Miguel-Ángel Muñoz-García
Website SciProfiles
Guest Editor
Department of Agroforestry, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid 28040, Spain
Interests: photovoltaics; sensors; agrivoltaics; greenhouses

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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 and also greenhouse gas emissions, since it is usually of nonrenewable origin.

However, photovoltaic energy is a great opportunity to reduce both costs and emissions, even more so with the drop in prices that has occurred in recent years, reaching prices per watt of less than €0.5. In this new situation, numerous opportunities for the use of photovoltaic energy appear in agricultural applications.

This Special Issue is focused on applications, uses, and research related to photovoltaic solar energy and agriculture, both in energy generation in rural areas for agricultural uses, and in its use, problems, and opportunities. Novel works related to new discoveries to known problems will be accepted, as well as analyses of opportunities and improvements in photovoltaic systems and elements used for agriculture.

Dr. Miguel-Ángel Muñoz-García
Dr. Luis Hernández Callejo
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agronomy is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • photovoltaics
  • agrivoltaics
  • solar energy
  • solar pumping
  • soiling
  • remote solar sensors
  • solar greenhouses
  • Electrification in Agriculture
  • Rural electrification

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Micro Grid Solar Photovoltaic Systems for Rural Development and Sustainable Agriculture in Palestine
Authors: Imad Ibrik
Affiliation: Energy Research Center, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine
Abstract: The objective of this paper is to study the impact of using micro grid solar photovoltaic systems in rural areas in West Bank, Palestine, these systems have shown their potential in rural electrification and rural development and how they are becoming economically attractive , using solar PV in such areas will improve social and communal services, water supply, agriculture and other productive activities, which can have a good impact on sustainability of rural development. This Paper has brought two case studies from Palestine and showcased the linkages that exist between energy, water, and food in the rural areas. These cases show how the provisioning of energy leads to assured water availability and better agricultural productivity and food security. Further the Paper has attempted to work in evaluation the technical and economical impacts for nexus application in rural areas in Palestine. The result of this study will predict the long-term success of small sustainable energy projects in developing the rural areas in Palestine.

Title: Access to Clean Energy for Sustainable Growth in Agricultural Sector: A Review of Policy Initiatives and Implementation Strategies for Rural Communities of Sub-Saharan Africa
Authors: Ogunboyo Patrick Taiwo and Pitshou Ntambu Bokoro
Affiliation: Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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