Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date

1979

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

First Advisor

Mylo A. Hellickson

Abstract

Since utilizing solar energy as an alternate energy source for agricultural applications is dependent on improvement in the design of solar systems and on documentation of the performance characteristics, reliability and economic feasibility of solar systems, research was conducted with the following objectives: 1. Design a multi-purpose solar energy system with a diurnally tracking solar energy intensifier and a thermal energy storage unit to warm the ventilation air for a swine confinement building and to dry corn. 2. Test the solar energy intensifier-collector system for corn drying under actual conditions. 3. Evaluate the performance and economic feasibility of a diurnally tracking solar energy intensifier system for crop drying in South Dakota.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Corn -- Drying
Solar energy in agriculture.
Solar heating.

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

87

Publisher

South Dakota State University

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