Cost-efficiency of ground-mounted photovoltaic systems (GMPV) is steadily increasing. Experts predict PV-GM to become profitable and independent of financial support from the German Renewable Energy Act (EEG) in five to eight years. This increase of competitive edge leads to new business models for the utilization of the cultural landscape. As a result, the pressure on rural areas is increasing with the growing demand for land. The limited availability of arable soils and an increasing demand for space will lead to new dimensions in land use competition and economic, ecologic and social conflict constellations. The Innovation Group APV-RESOLA is developing and exploring a new form of photovoltaics technology with which the agricultural land can continue to be used for growing crops as well as for generating electricity. In 1981, Adolf Goetzberger, founder of the Fraunhofer-Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, and Armin Zastrow were the first to propose the concept of a resource efficient dual use of arable land called agrivoltaics (APV). They were addressing the ongoing discussion on the food-energy-nexus and proposed a special system-technology that optimizes the output of PV and photosynthesis. The Innovation Group APV-RESOLA is now developing and extending this technology by political, ecological and social dimensions.
Under the motto "Connecting Agrivoltaics Worldwide", the second
edition of the conference will take place as an online event in June
In coorpration with multiple partners out from different fields, Fraunhofer ISE published a guideline for agrivoltaics.
The guideline provides information on the possibilities and opportunities
of agrivoltaics. It highlights the potential of agrivoltaics, the current
state of technology, and presents practical advice for farming
businesses, municipalities and companies.
You can download the guideline here.
Agrivoltaics will be part of the innovation tenders within the scope of the updated German Renewable Energy Act 2021. Together with floating PV and park-roof PV, agrivoltaic projects will have the chance to receive feed-in tariff support within a capacity of 50 MW in 2022.
An international project consortium from Mali, the Gambia and Germany implements a research and developement project in West Africa to assess triple land-use systems in the local context. The project focuses in particular on water management solutions in combination with agrivoltaic systems.
Visit our website for more information on APV-MaGa.
The first international conference about agrivoltaic systems - AgriVoltaics - takes place from 14th - 16th October as an online conference.
Visit the official website for more information.
in Berlin. Research findings from APV-RESOLA and other projects in Germany will be presented. More information here.
On behalf of the government of India and in pertnership with the Developement Loan Corporation (KfW) and the Indo-German Energy Forum, Fraunhofer ISE conducted a feasability study for agrivoltaics in the indian state Maharashtra.
innovative solutions to achieve the ambitious target that was set for the
development of renewable energies. Not only because the country suffers hardly
under the effects of climate change, but also because arable land is a scarce
You can download the study here.
Technology transfer to arid climates begins. Read the story here.
Time for a positive interim balance: Results of the first year of operation of the pilot project, summarized as a blog post by ISE.
The farmers at Heggelbach community harvest crops grown below PV panels for the first time.
Technical details of the APV pilot plant and monitoring data of electrical yields are online now!
The first out of two planned short movies is out! It documents the installation of the research plant and explains the technical background. Many thanks to AMA Film for the great contribution!
Ceremonial opening of research plant in Heggelbach.
www.agrophotovoltaik.de goes online
in the community of Herdwangen-Schönach
in the community of Herdwangen-Schönach
in the local council of Herdwangen-Schönach
of the Innovation Group APV-RESOLA in Bonn
of the Innovation Group APV-RESOLA in Freiburg
Das Projekt APV-RESOLA wird gefördert vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung und FONA- Forschung für nachhaltige Entwicklung. Es ist ein gemeinsames Projekt von Fraunhofer Institut für Solare Energiesysteme, BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH, Elektrizitätswerke Schönau, Hofgemeinschaft Heggelbach, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Regionalverband Bodensee-Oberschwaben und der Universität Hohenheim.
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