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  • Direct and efficient sector coupling of photovoltaics and e-mobility are important for the energy and transport transition.
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    Direct and efficient sector coupling of photovoltaics and e-mobility are important for the energy and transport transition.

    Electric vehicles are a core element of the energy transition. Besides stationary storage systems, vehicle batteries are predestined to balance load and generation in the electricity system in the short to medium term. The BiFlex-Industrie project aims to demonstrate specific use cases of bi-directional vehicles operated at commercial and indsutrial locations. The project partners want to work out business cases and the direct benefits of feed-in vehicle fleets for operators. We also want to demonstrate that they can be integrated into existing systems on a large scale and become the nucleus for fleet power plants - to optimize the operation of the company as well as the overarching electricity system.  | Duration: 10/2023 - 09/2026

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  • HoPVen

    Increasing the Resilience of Hop Growing to the Consequences of Climate Change: Investigation of the Opportunities and Risks of Agrivoltaic in Conventional Hop Growing

    Agrivoltaic system from hop farmer Josef Wimmer and AgrarEnergie GmbH in Hallertau.
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    Agrivoltaic system from hop farmer Josef Wimmer and AgrarEnergie GmbH in Hallertau.

    Hops are grown on a large scale in the Hallertau region: Almost a third of the hops produced worldwide are grown on around 17,200 hectares of Hallertau hop gardens. As a crop that remains in the same location for several years, hops are particularly exposed to climatic influences. Dry periods in July and August sometimes led to significant yield losses: in the particularly affected years of 2013, 2015 and 2018, yields were up to 40 % lower, depending on the hop variety. This is where the "HoPVen" project comes in, in which the world's first agri-PV system in hop growing is being scientifically investigated. The dual use of the land for both agriculture and energy generation through photovoltaics can increase resilience to the consequences of climate change and diversify the income streams of farms. | Duration: 11/2023 - 10/2026

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  • VAckerBio: Vertical Agrivoltaics in Arable Farming

    Agronomic Studies and Effects on Biodiversity

    Vertical Facility in Donaueschingen-Asen.
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    Vertical Facility in Donaueschingen-Asen.

    The research project »VAckerBio 2: Vertical agrivoltaics in arable farming: agronomic studies and effects on biodiversity« is a direct follow-up project to the first »VAckerBio« project and, together with the »VAckerPower« project funded by the BMWK, enables a comprehensive view of the vertical agrivoltaics approach in arable farming. The focus of the VAckerBio projects is on the effects of the agrivoltaic system on arable land use, biodiversity and the ecosystem services of agriculturally important beneficial organisms. The results are intended to serve as orientation for the ecological and agricultural evaluation of vertical agrivoltaic systems. | Duration: 10/2023 - 09/2026

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  • StoRelH2 – Storage / Release H2

    Efficient and cost-effective hydrogen storage and transport with liquid organic hydrogen carriers

    Green hydrogen storage and transportation
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    Green hydrogen storage and transportation via LOHC technology.

    Project in the Business Area: Hydrogen Technologies and Electrical Energy Storage, Topic: Thermochemical Processes, Duration: 01/2021 - 06/2024

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