AUTOMATED DRIP IRRIGATION SYSTEM POWERED BY PHOTOVOLTAIC PANELS USED FOR AGRICULTURAL CROPS
Climate change, water scarcity and higher energy requirements and electric tariff compromises the continuity of the irrigated agriculture. Precision agriculture (PA) or renewable energy sources which are based on communication and information technologies and a large amount of data are key to ensuring this economic activity and guaranteeing food security at the global level. Several works which are based on the use of PA and renewable energy sources have been developed in order to optimize different variables of irrigated agriculture such as irrigation scheduling.
In general, 70% of global water consumption goes to agriculture, for crop irrigation. Irrigated agriculture represents 20% of the total cultivated land (global average), but brings 40% of food.