Agrivoltaics: Power and Food#

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

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Pangasius-Photovoltaik-Anlage zur autarken Energieversorgung in An Giang, Vietnam, 400 kWp

Aquaculture photovoltaics (Aqua PV)#

Illustration of a pangasius photovoltaic system for self-sufficient energy supply in An Giang.

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Double use of valuable farmland#

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

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Shrimp-Photovoltaik-Tunnel in Bac Lieu, 1 MWp

Aquaculture photovoltaics (Aqua PV)#

Illustration of a planned Aqua-PV research facility in Vietnam for dual land use for aquaculture and power generation.

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PV power and agriculture#

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




Project Development


Procurement &

Operation &

Application in water management#


Aquaculture photovoltaics

Aquaculture photovoltaic modules enable an increase not only in land-use rates but also in aquaculture quality and yields.


Agrivoltaics 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 agrivoltaic 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 agrivoltaic technology.



Research plant in Germany, Heggelbach

Purpose of the project  "Agrivoltaic 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 agrivoltaic systems. Investigations were carried out to determine which plants benefit from less radiation exposure due to the PV array.



News - 14.09.2020

First International Conference on Agrivoltaics

The first international conference on agrivoltaic systems AgriVoltaics2020 has been rescheduled due to the Corona pandemic and will now take place on October 14-16, 2020 as an online event. This year’s motto is "Launching Agrivoltaics World-Wide".

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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.


Selected Reaearch Projects#



Agrivoltaics for Mali and The Gambia: Sustainable Electricity Production by Integrated Food, Energy and Water Systems


APV Obstbau (Orcharding)

Agrivoltaics as Resilience Concept for Adaptation to Climate Change in Orcharding



Smart technologies to improve quality and safety of Mediterranean agriculture

Conferences and Fairs#


Connecting Agrivoltaics Worldwide


Online Conference 

June 14, 2021  -  Juni 16, 2021


Guideline Agrivoltaics: Opportunities for Agriculture and the Energy Transition

Flyer: Agrivoltaics Combines Agriculture and Photovoltaics