Zero-Power Wireless Infrared Digitizing Sensors for Large Scale Energy-Smart Farm
The ultimate goal of this project is to initiate development of automated sensing platforms to improve the production yield of farms and reduce their energy cost.
Improving production efficiency of bioenergy feedstocks contributes to continued production and buildout of the U.S. bioeconomy.
Agriculture is on par with the power industry in water withdrawals and the dominant sector for water consumption, representing over 80% of fresh water consumed in the U.S. The technology will provide pathways to reduce water use in agriculture, improving energy efficiency and reducing bioenergy feedstock carbon intensity.
The technologies developed in this space can scale and benefit developing economies in addition to established industrialized countries. By increasing productivity and managing energy inputs, there is significant headroom to improve the energy return on investment from agriculture, meaning reduced costs of production for domestically-produced bioenergy products.