Agri-Photovoltaics: Harvesting the Sun While Cultivating Crops

Thursday, October 07, 2021
09:00 am - 10:30 am
Conference Center Nord
Room C62

A growing number of governments around the world face a double-edged challenge: How can they generate more clean solar power in future while ensuring that enough arable land is available to grow food for an increasing population? One proposed solution is a novel system known as Agri-Photovoltaics - the co-development of land for both solar PV and agricultural applications. Making sure neither use impairs the other, however, is a delicate task. Speakers will examine this unique concept and the technologies involved as well as the lessons learned to date and prospects for the future.

This session is jointly organized by Intersolar, FhG/ISE and BayWa r.e.

09:00 am - 09:05 am Welcome & Introduction

Stephan Schindele

BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH

09:05 am - 09:20 am Definitions, Classifications, and Standards of Agrivoltaics: Overview and Insights with a Focus on Germany

Maximilian Trommsdorff

Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

09:20 am - 09:35 am AgriPV With Vertical Bifacial Solar Modules

Sascha Krause-Tuenker

Next2Sun GmbH

09:35 am - 09:50 am Fruitvoltaics: Leveraging Synergies of Two Sectors

Stephan Schindele

BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH

09:50 am - 10:05 am Dynamic Agrivoltaics: Overview and Prospective of a Multi Species Research Program in the South of France

Jean Garcin


10:05 am - 10:20 am PV Modules with Dynamic Control of Transmitted Light for Agri-photovoltaics

Gaël Nardin

Insolight SA

10:20 am - 10:30 am Wrap-up

Stephan Schindele

BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH



Gaël Nardin (Insolight SA)

R&D Manager


Gaël Nardin is R&D Manager at Insolight SA, developing solar modules dedicated to agrivoltaics. Prior to that, he worked as an optical engineer for Intel, and as a research associate at JILA (University of Colorado / NIST). He holds a PhD in Photonics and a Msc in Physics from EPFL, Switzerland.


Maximilian Trommsdorff (Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE)

Project Manager Agrophotovoltaics


Max Trommsdorff is project manager and junior scientist specialised on Agrophotovoltaic systems at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. In 2015, Max Trommsdorff received his M.Sc. in Economics and Politics at the University of Freiburg. He wrote his master thesis at the Fraunhofer ISE titled “Agrophotovoltaic: Opportunities, Risks and Strategies Towards a More Efficient Land Use”. Since then he is project manager and expert for agrophotovoltaic with a focus on economic feasibility. Recently he developed a PV project on aquaculture in Vietnam. As assistant project manager he was further responsible for legal aspects of Germany's largest agrophotovoltaic plant at Lake Constance. • Acquisition and management of public and industrial funded projects • Economic feasibility studies • Legal and permitting aspects of Agrophotovoltaic • Agrophotovoltaic system design and irradiance simulation • Regular presentations of Agrophotovoltaic in different contexts • Supervision of Bachelor thesis’s Within four years of experience in Agrophotovoltaic systems, Max Trommsdorff gained a broad knowledge of the Agrophotovoltaic system technology.


Stephan Schindele (BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH)

Head of Agri-PV


An internship in a solar association in 2009 was the starting point of his professional career in the field of renewable energies. During his studies Stephan Schindele worked several times for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). After completing his MBA program at the California State University East Bay (2011) he was employed as a PhD candidate and project manager at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. There he built up the new business field of agri-photovoltaics, wrote numerous publications on the topic of Agri-PV and received several awards for his work (2012-2020). Between 2015 and 2020 he taught energy policy at Reutlingen University. In 2020 Stephan Schindele joined the BayWa r.e. Solar Projects family as Head of Agri-PV. He supports the global Agri-PV market development and successfully leverages the synergies of the agricultural and energy industry.


Jean Garcin (Sun’R)

Research Engineer


November 2017 - Present, Sun’R, Paris Software, models and algorithms development for agrivoltaics - Research Engineer Simulation software in-house development to predict and monitor electricity production and microclimate under dynamic agrivoltaic installations. Use of the software to feed project design and agronomical research. Panel steering software development and deployment for our four existing installations. December 2015-Mai 2016, Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE Bayern), Munich Project to optimize a 100 kW geothermal plant - Assistant Project Officer (partnership Technical University Munich and Arnsberg municipality) Understanding of the client’s motivation. Study of the mechanisms to optimize the plant and proposal of several technical solutions (dynamical simulation of heat transfer). Report and presentation of the recommendation: cost analysis, industrial risks and economical benefit. April-June 2014, Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique et aux énergies alternatives in Grenoble Basic Research Project to optimize fuel cells - Assistant Studies Officer Understanding of the technical and economical context of fuel cells and long-term challenges. Study of a new material in order to enhance its technical features and decrease its production cost. Laboratory experiments, data analysis and modeling to understand water dynamics in the material structure. Report and presentation of the findings and proposals for additional research.


Sascha Krause-Tuenker (Next2Sun GmbH)



Dipl.-Kfm. Krause-Tuenker is co-owner and CFO of Next2Sun GmbH, a German company in the renewable energy sector which developed a new vertical AgriPV-system. Mr. Krause-Tuenker is also responsible for international sales of Next2sun’s mounting system and it’s distribution. From his former positions as consultant and interim-manager he has a broad experience in start-up, small- and medium sized businesses as well as big corporations, intersectoral with experiences in production, logistics, energy and services.

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