Mr. Buchanan conducts applied research on small-scale renewable energy systems focusing on their integration into agricultural systems. His research covers many forms of renewable energy including solar PV, solar thermal, thermal storage, wind, heat pumps, hydrogen fuel cells, and renewable ammonia production.
Current work is focused on using solar powered robotic vehicles in agricultural weeding applications. His outreach efforts are aimed at making the technical aspects of energy systems easy to understand and available to anyone who is interested.
Current and past projects can be viewed on the Renewable Energy projects page.
WREF 2012: Early Results from a Solar Thermal Air Conditioning and Heating System