Additional Material | Week 2

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If you are interested in reading more about this week’s topics we recommend the following material:

Gewali, M., & Bhandari, R. (2005). Solar Drying Technology Packages Developed at RECAST. Kathmandu, Nepal: Research Centre for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST).

GTZ. (2007). Eastern Africa Resource Base: GTZ Online Regional Energy Resource Base: Regional and Country Specific Energy Resource Database: I – Energy Technology. Eschborn.

Hahn, A., Sass, J., & Fröhlich, C. (2016). Manuals and Tools for Promoting SPIS. Eschborn, Germany: GFA Consulting Group GmbH/ GIZ GmbH.

Loster, M. (2010). Total Primary Energy Supply From Sunlight. Retrieved December 01, 2015, from

NASA. (2014). Surface Meteorology and Solar Energy (SSE) Release 6.0. NASA.

Perez, R., & Perez, M. (2009). A Fundamental Look at Energy Reserves for the Planet.

Schnitzer, V. (2009). Micro Hydro Power Scout Guide. Germany: GIZ.

Sims, R., Flammini, A., Puri, M., & Bracco, S. (2015). Opportunities For Agri-Food Chains to become Energy-Smart. FAO and USAID.

Utz, V. (2011). Modern Energy Services for Modern Agriculture A Review of Smallholder Farming in Developing Countries. GIZ HERA Poverty-oriented Basic Energy Services.


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  1. Profile photo of Listowel Abugri Anaba

    I really like the course content of week 2.

  2. Profile photo of Chimaobi Nna

    This is going to be an interesting part of the course

  3. Profile photo of Kelly  Kraemer

    The Surface Meteorology and Solar Energy site from NASA is an incredible resource. Especially for this upcoming assignment and designing these renewable energy system designs and project planning.

  4. Profile photo of Paul Kuria  njogu

    The course is very educative with alot of new things to learn. Though i have a background in Biological science and environmental science, issues relating to energy saving technologies are of great interest to me

  5. Profile photo of Bernard Da Costa Thompson

    This week 2 reading material was truly beyond my expectations. The whole concept of SPIS will be of tremendous benefit to the farming community. It further raises the possibility of drought mitigation in water scarce countries especially in this era of climate change. Cheaper to harvest the water and the money saved can be further invested in water storage facilities to ensure our crop requirements are met during water deficit periods. Your thoughts!

  6. Profile photo of Mamadou FALL

    this second week additional readind material is very helpfull
    it will be important to add information from FAO document focused on cropwat. Cropwat is software tool which help to estimate the water requirement by crop. it leads to know the peak demand of water by crop during the year. these usefull data on climatological parameters provided by the link (additional reading) can be used with cropwat
    a helpfull manuel on solar PV pumping is also available in French , if person would like to get such document I can send it by mail or the link where you can download it

  7. Profile photo of Obiakor Ikechukwu Benjamin

    I am sure going to enjoy this second week lectures

  8. Profile photo of Nawa Sililo

    Very technical and practical material.

  9. Profile photo of Sarah M. Edelman

    I’m hoping these readings will still be available after this MOOC is over so that I may read and explore at my leisure.

  10. Profile photo of Mr. Anthony Madume

    This Week 2 Reading material is very useful and informative and can be applied for future project work should it become necessary in Nigeria, Africa and elsewhere in the world. That said, it seems to me that most of the equipment and machineries may nor be within the reach of many farmers in developing and emerging countries. However, as mentioned earlier, the governments of the countries must do their best to provide some financial assistance to those need help most so that they can improve production, reduce unnecessary post-harvest wastage, use cost effective and energy efficient technologies and produce quality produce or products. Well done, Good stuff.

  11. Profile photo of Sai Maanasa Koduru

    i love the way the concepts are explained. Reading material is very much informative. yay! m doing the real learning thanks to this MOOC. looking forward to learn even more

  12. Profile photo of Moustafa SOWOU

    This is very helpful! I like this part of the course/

  13. Profile photo of Sadiq Abubakar, Garuba

    So much information, thanks again for this course.

  14. Profile photo of Dismas Angura Odula

    Material covered is more practical and realistic as it provides solutions to increasing energy demand due to ever increasing population growth. Impressed by the procedure for sizing Solar PV module for powering irrigation. Quite good stuff.

  15. Profile photo of Katherinne Benavides Cortes

    I have explored “Modern Energy Services for Modern Agriculture
    A Review of Smallholder Farming in Developing Countries “and is really useful, recommended by the quality of its concepts. :)

  16. Profile photo of Manuel Castrillo

    Further valuable information ! Thanks !!

  17. Profile photo of Pravin Kumar Jaisawal

    exploring potentials of various renewable energy options in my country Nepal. Thanks for this artikel

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