BayWa r.e. and Fraunhofer ISE established agrivoltaics testing website in Germany

Sep 15, 2021 11:12 AM ET
  • Renewables developer BayWa r.e. as well as the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Power Systems ISE have actually constructed a brand-new research study project to discover how solar systems can safeguard plants and fruit from severe weather condition.
BayWa r.e. and Fraunhofer ISE established agrivoltaics testing website in Germany
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Built in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, the agrivoltaic center features a 258kWp solar array and also will certainly see the partners check various PV module setups to recognize the influence on plant growth and plant returns.

The publicly funded, five-year project will begin by contrasting apple production under 3 different plant protection systems: rain-blocking aluminum foil protection, hail storm defense webs that do not obstruct rainfall, light-permeable PV modules as well as tracking modules that obstruct rain if needed. 2 various types of modules are utilized, with solar cells organized either in strips or in a block pattern.

Scientists will investigate how eight various apple varieties expand under the planetary system as well as how the range secures the fruit from hail, hefty rain, strong sunshine, frost or severe temperatures.

Electrical energy from the solar installation will supply a watering system along with an electrical tractor made use of on-site from maker Fendt, which is just one of 4 added companions associated with the project together with BayWa r.e. and Fraunhofer ISE.

Along with shielding farming assets, the agrivoltaic project intends to demonstrate the financial benefits for farmers, consisting of lower as well as more foreseeable electrical power expenses and also reduced investment expenses in plant protection.

The potential synergies for agrivoltaics incorporated with numerous fruits and various other plants are considerable, stated Stephan Schindele, head of product management agri-PV at BayWa r.e., adding: "We see agri-PV as a long-term solution to help farmers adapt to the consequences of environment adjustment. We can protect the existing environment and also boost it with synergy effects and solar power generation."

An additional project from BayWa r.e. and its Dutch subsidiary GroenLeven in the Netherlands was broadened previously this year to test just how solar systems can offer an extra steady atmosphere for expanding redcurrants.

In a recently released feature in PV Tech Power, Schindele explored the shared benefits of agrivoltaics to both solar ranch operators as well as farmers alike, as well as exposed what is needed to take the sub-sector ahead.

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