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elevated AgriPV plants for protected cultivation of fruits and vegetables with double glass modules in different degrees of transparency
elevated AgriPV systems for large field plantations with robust and transparent double glass modules for protected plant cultivation and simultaneous energy generation.
PV fences with bifacial double glass modules. Well suited for fencing livestock pastures or energetic enhancement of green areas. At the same time, large harvesting machines can pass between the fence rows.
elevated AgriPV systems for protected livestock housing with transparent double glass modules
tracker systems that follow the sun during the course of the day and thus generate optimal electricity yields. At the same time, large harvesting machines can drive between the individual trackers and cultivate the arable land. Ideal also for animal husbandry.
AgriPV: Double crop and climate adaptation - Basic Facts
Globally, there is growing interest in agri-PV as a way to combine solar power generation with sustainable, water-efficient agriculture and to advance climate mitigation and adaptation. Important drivers for agri-photovoltaics are land scarcity and increasing drought in many regions. Another driver is the possible saving of sprays. The prerequisite is to interfere with agricultural use as little as possible and to work closely with farmers for a broader application of AgriPV. For a long time, the reservations of farmers and fruit growers were about the reduction in the amount of light available to the plants caused by the PV modules. Too little attention has been paid to the fact that there are large differences in the amount of light needed depending on the plant species and cultivar. We have made a rough categorization in the table below.In the first group fall shade plants or those that can also manage with less light, e.g. crops such as potatoes, beets, beans. In between are, for example, onions, cucumbers, zucchini. Medium sun require canola, oats, carrots, cabbage. But young citrus plants as well as berries often thrive better with light shade. Wheat, corn, sunflowers and pumpkins should receive plenty of sun and thrive magnificently between PV fences. In general, due to climate change, more and more plants cannot tolerate full sunlight at all and need to be protected from too much sun on a large scale by foil tunnels.
No growth without light
Other differences exist in the growth cycle. For example, young planters are usually very sensitive to too much (UV) sunlight and thrive better when shaded. However, even berries that require a lot of sun according to the table have produced a net yield that is about 6 percent higher than conventional raspberry cultivation under foil tunnels in practical tests on a 3.3-hectare raspberry farm in Babberich, the Netherlands. Agri-PV systems have also been successfully used in the Netherlands to grow currants, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries. There have also been successful installations in Germany, for example over the apple orchard in Kressbronn, as the accompanying report shows.
Discover the AgriPV catalogues
AgriPV Catalogue (06/2023)
Versatile energy cube
Press Release AgriPV, Dr. Erich Merkle