Agrivoltaics – Synergistic Production of Food and Energy

The smarter E Podcast Episode 45 | April 08, 2021

Agrivoltaics enables the simultaneous use of land for both agriculture and solar power plants. It thus offers opportunities for food and energy production and can also make valuable contributions to soil and plant conservation.

This intelligent dual use of land for agriculture and solar power generation has the potential to counteract the shortage of farmland and contribute to the sustainable development of rural areas. Farmers are given the opportunity to develop new sources of income without losing the productivity of their land. But what are the current developments? And which areas are currently benefiting in particular?

We talk about this with Max Trommsdorff, Group Leader for Agrivoltaics at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE.

Timeline:

  • 3.08: Differences to conventional ground-mounted PV or rooftop solar
  • 6.08: About the advantages of Agrivoltaics
  • 10.48: About the influence of climate boundary conditions
  • 13.55: What are the current legal frameworks?

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About Max Trommsdorff and Fraunhofer ISE

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE is located in Freiburg. Its activities are related to applied research and development in the subjects of engineering and natural sciences in the field of solar technology and photovoltaics. Since March 2020, Max Trommsdorff has been working as head of the Agrivoltaics team at Fraunhofer ISE.

Since 2015, he has worked as a project leader and expert in agrophotovoltaics, focusing on economic feasibility, technology transfer and institutional design. More recently, he developed Agri-PV projects on aquaculture in Vietnam and horticulture in India.

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