Evaluating on-farm energy performance in agriculture

Chen, Guangnan and Baillie, Craig Peter and Kupke, Paul (2009) Evaluating on-farm energy performance in agriculture. Australian Journal of Multi-Disciplinary Engineering, 7 (1). pp. 55-62. ISSN 1448-8388


On-farm energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important in the context of rising energy costs and concerns over greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Energy audits are a crucial part of the overall energy and environmental management process. In this paper, the results of six on-farm energy audits are presented. It is shown that energy uses for these farms varied significantly, ranging from 1.29 GJ/ha for dryland sorghum production to 43.06 GJ/ha for avocado production. In some cases, nearly 80% of operational energy was expended on water harvesting and irrigation. The research shows that there is currently a strong need to develop standardised energy assessments and reporting protocols so that effective and widespread energy audits in agriculture can take place. It is further suggested that an energy audit in agriculture in the future may best start from irrigation, as it also consumes a considerable proportion of on-farm energy cost.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 30 May 2010 12:39
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2014 05:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: energy audits; energy efficiency; greenhouse gas emissions; agriculture
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099901 Agricultural Engineering
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0703 Crop and Pasture Production > 070301 Agro-ecosystem Functionand Prediction
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 82 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 8298 Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production > 829802 Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Plant Production
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/6560

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