Energy Systems for Agriculture

The research activities will focus on the technical integration of the energy systems applied to agriculture, and this by classifying both the different structural and functional architectures of the systems implemented. The proposals and approaches will be articulated around a technology designed to meet the needs of farmers. The themes will be diversified so as to offer significant development prospects towards food self-sufficiency in order to bring significant gains for sustainable agriculture. The production of biofuels and the recovery of waste are also solutions that will fight against environmental pollution and reduce energy consumption. The team also aims to introduce new high value-added substances (ethanol, biodiesel) into the market that could be a renewable substitute for fossil fuels while contributing to the inventory of native microalgae species. The main lines of research:

  • Greenhouse heat and water control of plant products.
  • Estimation and optimization of the energy needs of agricultural greenhouses.
  • Energy and geometric concepts for improving agricultural and agri-food products.
  • Solar drying.
  • Pumping and optimization of systems for different applications.
  • Biochemical and microbiological metabolisms for bioenergy production.
  • Bioenergy production process.
  • Energy valorization of local resources.

  • Photovoltaic pumping test bench

    Experimental laboratory: biomass team

    Heating greenhouses by a system of storage in bed of pebbles

    Installation of photovoltaic pumping in a real well in Metlili Ghardaia

    Longitudinal Dryer & Indirect Solar Dryer

    Publications (2013 - 2016)

    1. A. Boutelhig, Amar Hadjarab, Salah Hanini, New approach to exploit optimally the PV array output energy by maximizing the discharge rate of a directly – coupled photovoltaic water pumping system (DC/PVPS), Energy Conversion and Management 111 (2016) 375–390.
    2. H. Ammar, A. Melit, M. Adouane, M.T. Bouziane, Techno-economic evaluation of a hybrid PV/diesel water pumping system for different pumping heads, 3rd International Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conference IRSEC 2015, IEEE Xplore, 21 April 2016 Doi: 10.1109/IRSEC.2015.7455138.
    3. A. Melit, A. Boutelhig, H. Ammar, Control of PV Water Pumping System Water levels, Journal of Advanced Research in Science and Technology, 2016, 3(2), 342-350.
    4. H. Ammar, M.T. Bouziane, Stand-alone PV pumping system adjustment by valve-throttling control, Courrier de savoir N° 21, 2016, Biskra, Algerie.
    5. N. Chafai, S. Chafaa, K. Benbouguerra, D. Daoud, A. Hellal, M. Mehri, Synthesis, characterization and the inhibition activity of a new α-aminophosphonic derivative on the corrosion of XC48 carbon steel in 0.5 M H2SO4: Experimental and theoretical studies, Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers 94 (2016) 837–846.
    6. H. Hamani, T. Douadi, D. Daoud, Mousa Al-Noaimi, Salah Chafaa, Corrosion inhibition efficiency and adsorption behavior of azomethine compounds at mild steel/hydrochloric acid interface, Measurement 94 (2016) 837–846.
    7. T. Douadi, H. Hamani, M. Al-Noaimi, D. Daoud, S. Chafaa, Effect of temperature and hydrodynamic conditions on corrosion inhibition of an azomethine compounds for mild steel in 1M HCl solution, Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers 71, 388-404.
    8. N. Lahouel, O. Kheroua, F. Mezemaz, D. Saidia, Évaluation de l’activité antigénique des hydrolysats de protéines du lactosérum camelin Revue Française d'Allergologie, Volume 56, Issue 6, 2016, Pages 471–476.
    9. N. Lahouel, O. Kheroua, D. Saidi, F.Z. Yahiaoui, Characterization and treatment of cheese whey wastewater, Research Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences 7(5):2456, September 2016.
    10. S. Bezari, S.M.A. Bekkouche, A. Benchatti, H. Bensaha, Amelioration of a greenhouse through energy storage system Case study: Ghardaia region (Algeria), International Conference on Renewable Energy Research and Applications, ICRERA 2015, IEEE Xplore: 2016, INSPEC Accession Number: 15807143, DOI: 10.1109/ICRERA.2015.7418479.
    11. H. Bensaha, R. Arbouche, Impact de la dynamique de l'agriculture et ses conséquences sur la durabilité de l'écosystème saharien: cas de la vallée de M'zab (Sahara septentrional), Revue Marocaine des Sciences Agronomiques et Revue Marocaine des Sciences Agronomiques et Vétérinaires. Vol. 4, No 3 (2016).
    12. R. Zarrit, M.S. Boumaza, S. Kherrour, B. Dadda, Convection naturelle dans une cavité rectangulaire inclinée de différents rapports de forme, Revue des Energies Renouvelables Vol. 19 N°1 (2016) 97 – 109.
    13. H. Bensaha, F. Arbouche, Valorisation des sous produits de quelques variétés de blé dur endémiques à l’Algérie pour l’alimentation des ruminants: Les sons fins. Journal Algérien des Régions Arides JARA. No.14, 2016
    14. H. Ammar, M.T. Bouziane, S. Boukebbous, N. Benbaha, A. Boutadara, Point de fonctionnement d’une pompe solaire installée au fil du soleil au labo, International Journal of Scientific Research & Engineering Technology (IJSET), Vol.3 pp 10-14, Copyright - IPCO 2015.
    15. S. Boukebbous, Dj. Kerdoun, Study, Modeling and simulation of photovoltaic panels under uniform and non uniform illumination conditions, Revue des Energies Renouvelables Vol. 18 N°2 (2015) 257–268.
    16. S. Lahouel, N. Lahouel, Dessalement de l’eau de Mer et les énergies renouvelables. Journal of Advanced Research in Science and Technology ISSN: 2352-9989, 2015, 2(2), 271-279.
    17. D. Daoud, T. Douadi, H. Hamani, S. Chafaa, M. Al-Noaimi, Corrosion inhibition of mild steel by two new S-heterocyclic compounds in 1 M HCl: Experimental and computational study. Corrosion science 94 (2015) 21–37.
    18. D. Daoud, T. Douadi, D. Ghobrini, K. Aiboud, Experimental and theoretical study of a new synthesized Quinoline derivative as Greene inhibitor of corrosion for the cooling circuits in desalinated water, Control, Engineering & Information Technology (CEIT), (2015) 1-5, DOI: 10.1109/CEIT.2015.7233032.
    19. A. Benseddik, A. Azzi, A.K. Allaf, R. Khanniche, Investigation of solar air collector with offset strip fin absorber plate for drying agricultural products under different climates of Algeria, Control, 3rd International Conference on Engineering & Information Technology (CEIT), 2015, IEEE, doi: 10.1109/CEIT.2015.7233048.
    20. S. Bennaceur, B. Draoui, B. Touati, A. Benseddik, A. Saad, L. Bennamoun, Determination of the moisture-sorption isotherms and isosteric heat of henna leaves, Journal of Engineering Physics and Thermophysics, Volume 88, Issue 1,(2015), pp.52-62.
    21. N. Lahouel, O. Kheroua, S. Lahouel, Energetic and environmental gains generated by the recovery of waste, case of residual water food-processing industries in Algeria, International Journal of Energy Optimization and Engineering IJEOE, IREC 2014.
    22. H. Hamani, T. Douadi, M. Al-Noaimi, S. Isaadi, D. Daoud, S. Chafaa, Electrochemical and quantum chemical studies of some azomethine compounds as corrosion inhibitors for mild steel in 1M hydrochloric acid, corrosion Science 88 (2014) 234-245.
    23. H. Bensaha, A. Fodile. Factors influencing the milk sector in a saharan zone: the case of marketing in the valley of m'zab (Algeria). lucrări ştiinţifice-seria zootehnie, vol. 61.11-19, 2014.
    24. H. Bensaha, F. Arbouche, the structures of breeding dairy cattle in the sahara: the status in the m’zab valley (southern algerian shara), online j. anim. feed res., 4 (3) 2014: 46-50. Link:;
    25. L. Serir, P.E. Bournet, 2014, Co-simulation of the microclimate inside a greenhouse by coupling energy and CFD models. Acta Hort. (ISHS) 1037:1043-1048
    26. L. Serir , A. Bouhdjar, P.E. Bournet, Coupling global and distributed climate models to better assess heat transfers through the cover of a greenhouse, Acta Hort. (ISHS) 1008:303-308, 2013