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Agrophotovoltaic – an innovative cropping system to foster adaption of agriculture to climate change in arid and semi-arid climatic zones
Improving the sustainability of Mediterranean agro-ecosystems (Section 1) Adaptation of agriculture to climate change (Section 2) Developing farming systems able to generate income, to create employment and to contribute to a balanced territorial development (Section 2)
We are looking for partners in Turkey, Spain and Italy who are interested to include agrophotovolataic (APV) and the provision of electricity in a common project. We provide the APV technology, electrical monitoring and contribute to the scientific setup, the installation, and further solar technologies (e.g. PV-based water treatment).
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Since 1981 the Fraunhofer ISE as Europe’s largest solar research institute investigates in solutions for photovoltaic and agriculture at the same unit of land under the heading of Agrophotovoltaics. Beneath a more efficient land use and the development of renewable energies, main benefits of the APV-technology are possible synergy effects between the agricultural and the photovoltaic (PV) layer. In arid and semi-arid climatic zones, these synergy effects are expected to be particularly high due to beneficial shadowing effects of the PV modules on plant growth.
Agrophotovolataic offers a great variety of research opportunities. Among them shadowing effects on plant growth, less evaporation, higher soil humidity, synergy effects with respect to availability of electricity (e.g. for desalination) and installation opportunities of irrigation technologies.
The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area will devise new R&I approaches to improve water availability and sustainable agriculture production in a region heavily distressed by climate change, urbanisation and population growth
The PRIMA programme is an Art.185 initiative supported and funded under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.