Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Agricultural Engineering


Recent energy conditions have caused a reexamination of the use of solar energy for the drying of agricultural crops. As a result, because of the great importance in developing alternate energy sources as substitutes for conventional energy sources, research was conducted with the following objectives:

1. Test a multi-use solar energy intensifier-thermal energy storage system using various drying systems for a low temperature hay drying application.

2. Evaluate the thermal efficiency in terms of useful energy collected for a solar energy intensifier used to provide supplemental heat to dry hay, under actual climatic conditions.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Hay -- Drying.
Solar energy in agriculture.
Heat storage devices.
Solar heating.



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South Dakota State University