Agrophotovoltaics: Power and Food

Photovoltaics on open land can be substantially expanded without using valuable resources of fertile arable land.

Double use of valuable farmland

The yields from PV and photosynthesis are optimized through targeted light management.

PV power and agriculture

Agrophotovoltaic projects are predestined to be managed decentrally by farmers and communities. The generated PV energy can be stored or used locally for agricultural machinery.

Agrophotovoltaics

Services

Strategy

  • Technology screening
  • GIS-based potential analysis
  • Business development
  • Policy Design
  • R&D roadmaps

Project development

  • Site assessment
  • Process screening
  • Pre-Feasibility, feasibility
  • Crop assessment
  • Light-Management
  • Economic assessment

Engineering

  • APV design
  • Power yield assessment
  • Subsystem integration e.g. water, storage
  • Quality assurance plannning

Procurement &
commissioning

  • Supplier assessment
  • Tender preparation and evaluation
  • Quality assurance construction
  • Performance testing

Operation &
maintenance

  • Monitoring
  • Operation optimization
  • Maintenance optimization
  • KPI assessment
  • Quality assurance  

Agrophotovoltaics (APV) describes a method for the simultaneous use of agricultural land for food production and PV power generation. The technology enables an efficient dual use of agricultural land: photovoltaics on open land can be substantially expanded without using valuable resources on fertile arable land. The yields from PV and photosynthesis are optimized through targeted light management. In addition, value creation in the region and rural development are promoted, as APV projects are predestined to be managed decentrally by farmers, communities and small and medium-sized enterprises. For agriculture, new economically viable farming options will result.

In industrial and research projects we are working on the implementation and further development of APV technology.

 

Research plant in Germany, Heggelbach

Purpose of the project  "Agrophotovoltaic Resource-Efficient Land Use" was the technical optimisation for a maximum yield of PV and crops.

 

Pilot plants in Chile

Together with Fraunhofer Chile, Fraunhofer ISE tested three different 13 kWp APV systems. Investigations were carried out to determine which plants benefit from less radiation exposure due to the PV array.

 

Press Release - April 12, 2019

Agrophotovoltaics: High Harvesting Yield in Hot Summer of 2018

Over the past two years, the dual use of land for the harvesting of solar electricity and agriculture has been tested in the joint project “Agrophotovoltaics – Resource Efficient Land Use (APV-RESOLA).”

 

Press Release - June 20, 2018

Agrophotovoltaics Goes Global: from Chile to Vietnam

Agrophotovoltaics (APV), a technology which combines the production of solar electricity and crops on the same land, has already been successfully demonstrated in pilot projects in several European countries. The Fraunhofer ISE in cooperation with the Innovation Group “APV-Resola” have proven the feasibility of APV with a 194 kWp pilot system.

 

Blog post, December 1, 2017

Agrophotovoltaics: Harvesting the Sun for Power and Produce

Prof. Petra Högy from the University of Hohenheim and Stephan Schindele, Project Manager at Fraunhofer ISE talk about the results of the first solar harvest of the pilot plant in Heggelbach, Germany.

Selected Reaearch Projects

 

APV-RESOLA

Agrophotovoltaic - A Contribution to Resource-Efficient Land Use

Trade Fairs / Conferences

EU PVSEC 2019

9.-13. September 2019

Marseille, Frankreich

Broschüren und Flyer: Agrophotovoltaik

Flyer: Dual Use of Land with Agrophotovoltaics