Gigantic agrivoltaic project in China

Sep 3, 2020 05:49 PM ET
  • The Baofeng Group is building a 1 GW solar park which is hosting a goji berry ranch in the Binhe New District on the eastern financial institutions of the Yellow River in the Ningxia Province. Around 640 MW have so far been grid-connected. Huawei is offering the inverters for the project.
Gigantic agrivoltaic project in China
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Chinese net info companies Baofeng Group is expanding the capacity of a 640 MW solar park in the Binhe New District on the eastern banks of the Yellow River in the Ningxia Province to 1 GW. In this gigantic project, the business is combining PV power generation with the manufacturing of goji berries, which are an ingredient in standard Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and also Japanese medication.

A spokesperson from Chinese inverter manufacturer Huawei, which is giving its products for the project, told pv magazine that the Baofeng Group began handling 107 square kilometers of desertified land in the area 2014, and that it initially planted alfalfa to improve the soil. The perennial blooming plant was then eliminated to allow the construction of the solar plants and, upon its completion, goji berries were grown underneath the panels. "This aided resume goji farming in the region, which in turn restored an or else dead area of desert," the spokeperson claimed.

The very first 640 MW area of the project, which relies upon 13,000 Huawei wise string inverters, was grid-connected under China's feed-in program for solar power in 2016. According to Huawei, the facility was integrated in a sustainable means.

" The community in this region has boosted, the number of tiny wild animals has raised considerably, like sparrows, hares and also pheasants," Huawei rep added. The solar power plant is said to successfully decrease land moisture evaporation by between 30 and 40%. The greenery insurance coverage has allegedly increased by 85% while significantly boosting the regional climate. "All the hacienda use the drip irrigation since that area has extremely little precipitation," the spokesperson additionally discussed.

The panels were set up at a height of 2.9 m, which not just uses enough room for the farming of goji berries, but additionally makes sure ideal procedure and maintenance activities, the firm declares, adding that Baofeng uses drones and also Huawei Smart Management System for the plant assessment.

When the staying 360 MW section of the plant will be grid-connected was not specified.

According to a current research study from the United States, PV projects connected to agriculture have actually so far shown the greatest potential when integrated with leafy eco-friendlies such as lettuce and also spinach, as well as with root crops such as potatoes, radishes, beets and also carrots. The writers of the paper, nonetheless, additionally think that a mix such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and also lingonberries can likewise attend to strong power and crop returns. "But we have not inspected this yet," they claimed. "On the 'likely not a good concept' side are high crops that may interfere much more with the panels like corn or orchard plants."

One more research from the University of Arizona stated that the color from solar panels growing plants can assist create to two or three times extra fruit and vegetables than standard farming setups. The team presented the results of a multi-year research study project checking out how chiltepin peppers, jalapenos as well as cherry tomato plants grew in the color of PV panels in a completely dry place.

German renewable energy business BayWa r.e. and also its Dutch subsidiary, GroenLeven, are constructing 5 pilot agrivoltaic power projects in the Netherlands, where they are testing five various sorts of plants: blueberries, red currants, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries.

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