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Three sys­tem vari­ants — count­less possibilities

Far­mers ful­fil an essen­ti­al task: They pro­vi­de us with food. But the popu­la­ti­on is gro­wing and ara­ble land is beco­m­ing scarcer. On top of that, droughts, hea­vy rains and storms end­an­ger crop yiel­ds. Inco­me is fai­ling and more and more farms are having to shut down.

Agri-Pho­to­vol­taics sol­ves the pro­blem: With the genera­ti­on of solar power, far­mers can rely on ano­t­her finan­cial pil­lar. At the same time, they can con­ti­nue to use the agri­cul­tu­ral land as usual.

Whe­ther it’s machi­ne-inten­si­ve far­ming, fruit and wine gro­wing, or fruit har­ve­sts that requi­re a lot of light, we can find the right agri-pho­to­vol­taic sys­tem for any agri­cul­tu­ral area and equip the farm for the future.

We will advi­se you individually!

AgroSolar Top

  • Agro Ring
    Deve­lo­ped for inten­si­ve, mecha­nis­ed agriculture 
  • Agro Ring
    Varia­ble sys­tem sizes bet­ween 6 metres high and 18 metres wide 
  • Agro Ring
    Sui­ta­ble for shade-tole­rant plants 

Our lar­gest agri-pho­to­vol­taic sys­tem was deve­lo­ped for inten­si­ve, mecha­nis­ed agri­cul­tu­re. The par­ti­al roofing can be up to 6 metres high and 18 metres wide. With this sys­tem, lar­ge agri­cul­tu­ral are­as can be used effi­ci­ent­ly and with high yields.

The Agro­So­lar Top par­ti­al roofing pro­mo­tes the micro­cli­ma­te and the water sto­rage capa­ci­ty of the soil. This impro­ves soil qua­li­ty and redu­ces water requi­re­ments. At the same time, the sys­tem pro­tects the plants from dama­ge cau­sed by wea­ther extre­mes such as hail, storms and drought. In addi­ti­on, fur­ther pro­tec­ti­ve devices for your plants, such as foils or nets, can be atta­ched to the sub­struc­tu­re of the pho­to­vol­taic sys­tem. This is par­ti­cu­lar­ly advan­ta­ge­ous for shade-tole­rant crops from viti­cul­tu­re, fruit and vege­ta­ble cul­ti­va­ti­on, such as pota­toes or beets.

AgroSolar Secure

  • Agro Ring
    For are­as with chal­len­ging geo­lo­gi­cal con­di­ti­ons, such as steep incli­nes and declines 
  • Agro Ring
    Varia­ble sys­tem sizes with lower heights and spans 
  • Agro Ring
    Spe­cial­ly deve­lo­ped for fruit and wine growing 

The Agro­So­lar Secu­re sys­tem is par­ti­cu­lar­ly sui­ta­ble for spe­cial crops from fruit, wine and vege­ta­ble gro­wing, such as ber­ries or hops. It is cha­rac­te­ri­sed by a smal­ler span and height. The sys­tem can be moun­ted on are­as with steep slo­pes and com­bi­ned with frost pro­tec­tion or hail nets, for examp­le — for maxi­mum safe­ty and high yiel­ds even under the most deman­ding conditions.

Crops in fruit and wine gro­wing are most­ly grown in rows and have spe­cial cli­ma­tic requi­re­ments. We have taken the­se spe­cial fea­tures into account in the design of Agro­So­lar Secu­re: The par­ti­al roofing regu­la­tes a homo­ge­ne­ous inci­dence of light, pro­mo­tes the micro­cli­ma­te and pro­tects the fruit from wea­ther extre­mes such as frost, drought and hail. This crea­tes opti­mal gro­wing con­di­ti­ons for hig­her crop yields.

AgroSolar Windbreaker

  • Agro Ring
    Ver­ti­cal instal­la­ti­on of the pho­to­vol­taic modu­les without par­ti­al roofing 
  • Agro Ring
    Varia­ble, modu­lar sys­tem sizes with low space requirements 
  • Agro Ring
    Opti­mal for plants with high light requirements 

Due to the ver­ti­cal ori­en­ta­ti­on of the pho­to­vol­taic modu­les, this type of sys­tem does not requi­re par­ti­al roofing and is the­re­fo­re ide­al for agri­cul­tu­ral are­as whe­re no shading is desi­red. The­se can be wheat and spelt fiel­ds or grass­land, for example.

Agro­So­lar Wind­brea­ker con­sists of several units, each with three bifa­cial pho­to­vol­taic modu­les, which are instal­led ver­ti­cal­ly and in rows.

Each unit of this agri-pho­to­vol­taic sys­tem con­sists of steel posts, clamps and modu­le moun­ting pro­files. The units are modu­lar and indi­vi­du­al­ly adap­ted to the requi­re­ments on site. The sys­tem can be up to 3 metres high. The modu­le rows are set up at a distance of 9 to 18 metres, as requi­red. As a result, the sys­tem cas­ts almost no shadow on the agri­cul­tu­ral land.

In addi­ti­on, the modu­le rows are ali­gned so that the PV modu­les face east and west. This cap­tures the opti­mum amount of sun­light and makes electri­ci­ty genera­ti­on as effi­ci­ent as possible.

Inspired by nature

Our paten­ted Spinn­an­ker tech­no­lo­gy for the sub­struc­tu­re is mode­led on a tree root. Threa­ded rods of dif­fe­rent lengths in the soil take over the secu­ring of the anchor pla­te and allow adap­t­ati­on to lar­ge bea­ring loads. The rods are easy to install and the­re is no need to con­struct a con­cre­te base. This ensu­res low soil com­pac­tion and ful­ly deco­n­struc­ta­ble super­st­ruc­tures. This ensu­res low soil com­pac­tion and ful­ly deco­n­struc­ta­ble super­st­ruc­tures.
Our con­cre­te-free ancho­ring device Spinn­an­ker (spi­der-shaped anchor), which can be dis­mant­led without lea­ving any resi­due in accordance with DIN SPEC 91434, has been pro­tec­ted by a patent sin­ce Sep­tem­ber 2019.

Agri PV Spinnanker sin dem Baumwurzeln nachempfunden

A secure investment in the future 

Opti­mum fruit and ener­gy har­ve­s­ting, soil-friend­ly assem­bly and ensu­ring effi­ci­ent manage­ment: All Agro­So­lar Euro­pe sys­tem types are cha­rac­te­ri­sed by inno­va­ti­ve tech­ni­cal fea­tures that make them a future-pro­of investment:

  • Agro Ring
    Bifa­cial pho­to­vol­taic modu­les ensu­re light uti­li­sa­ti­on via the front and rear sides and thus gene­ra­te up to 25 per­cent more electri­ci­ty than con­ven­tio­nal PV modu­les. The dou­ble-sided gla­zing also leads to homo­ge­ne­ous light trans­mis­si­on and dis­tri­bu­ti­on under the modu­les, which has a posi­ti­ve effect on the deve­lo­p­ment of the plants. 
  • Agro Ring
    Agri­cul­tu­ral machi­nes of very dif­fe­rent sizes can be used under and next to the Agri-Pho­to­vol­taic sys­tem without any problems. 
  • Agro Ring
    Our sys­tems are indi­vi­du­al­ly adap­ted to each ara­ble area. Rele­vant local fac­tors such as the soil con­di­ti­ons, the direc­tion of cul­ti­va­ti­on of the field, the local slo­pe of the ter­rain or the load of the wind are included. 
  • Agro Ring
    Inte­gra­ted sys­tems for the use of sto­rage tech­no­lo­gies and irri­ga­ti­on tech­no­lo­gy are plan­ned. Decen­tra­li­sed ener­gy and water sup­ply can clo­se inter­nal farm loo­ps and thus make far­ming more sus­tainab­le and profitable. 
  • Agro Ring
    Our sys­tems offer the pos­si­bi­li­ty of a future inte­gra­ti­on of robo­tics, auto­ma­ti­on pro­ces­ses and sen­sors. For us, adap­ta­bi­li­ty is a basic buil­ding block for a sus­tainab­le future. 

Our facilities offer a lot
Potential for effective climate protection 

Our aim is to actively con­tri­bu­te to a sus­tainab­le future while streng­t­he­ning farms. The way the­re is clear: Our socie­ty must beco­me more sus­tainab­le on a social, eco­no­mic and envi­ron­men­tal level. Only through joint com­mit­ment can the tar­ge­ted cli­ma­te goals be achie­ved — and our agri-pho­to­vol­taic sys­tems can also make an important con­tri­bu­ti­on to this:

Power generation

In Ger­ma­ny, the demand for electri­ci­ty is around 600 tera­watt hours (TWh) per year. Of this, 9 per cent is cur­r­ent­ly gene­ra­ted from solar ener­gy and 24 per cent from wind ener­gy. Howe­ver, due to the Paris Cli­ma­te Agree­ment and the plan­ned ener­gy tur­naround in Ger­ma­ny, the share of sus­tainab­le and rene­wa­ble ener­gies must be incre­a­sed in order to achie­ve the cli­ma­te tar­gets: As ear­ly as 2030, 65 per­cent of the ener­gy used is to come from rene­wa­ble sources, and by 2050 at the latest, the electri­ci­ty gene­ra­ted and con­su­med in Ger­ma­ny is to be green­house gas neu­tral. The­se mile­stones were set out in the Rene­wa­ble Ener­gy Sources Act 2021 (EEG 2021), which came into effect in Janu­a­ry 2021.

Agro­So­lar Europe’s agri-pho­to­vol­taic sys­tems have the poten­ti­al to play an important role in the Ger­man ener­gy land­s­cape for the ener­gy tran­si­ti­on: If four per­cent of Germany’s ara­ble land were cove­r­ed with our agri-pho­to­vol­taic sys­tems, Germany’s ent­i­re ener­gy needs could be met with the ener­gy gene­ra­ted from them. It is the­re­fo­re our goal to work with far­mers in Ger­ma­ny and other coun­tries to expand and secu­re the pro­duc­tion of cli­ma­te-neu­tral electricity.

The­re­fo­re, our goal is to expand and secu­re the pro­duc­tion of cli­ma­te-neu­tral electri­ci­ty tog­e­ther with far­mers in Ger­ma­ny and other countries.

CO2 storage

With agri-pho­to­vol­taic sys­tems, humus can be built up in a con­trol­led man­ner. At the same time, fer­ti­li­ser con­sump­ti­on is fal­ling. This also pro­mo­tes the sto­rage of CO2 in the soil — an advan­ta­ge for the fer­ti­li­ty of the fiel­ds and for the envi­ron­ment. After three to five years of use of the sys­tem and adap­ted soil cul­ti­va­ti­on, a signi­fi­cant incre­a­se in CO2 sto­rage can be achieved. 

“Car­bon far­ming” is the mot­to of the future: Due to an incre­a­sed qua­li­ty of the ara­ble soils, the ara­ble land steadi­ly stores more CO2. The advan­ta­ge for the envi­ron­ment, which should also pay off finan­cial­ly for our cus­to­mers in the future, is that cer­ti­fi­ca­tes can be tra­ded with the stored CO2.

Our team is cur­r­ent­ly working on a con­cept of how such CO2 cer­ti­fi­ca­te tra­ding could work here in Ger­ma­ny. We are firm­ly con­vin­ced that this mar­ket will help deter­mi­ne the future of the agri­cul­tu­ral indus­try and that tra­ding in CO2 cer­ti­fi­ca­tes will ser­ve farms as ano­t­her source of inco­me in the future.

Insurance and guarantee:
Always on the safe side 

Unpre­dic­ta­ble events can affect the results of ener­gy pro­duc­tion. Our yield gua­ran­tee eli­mi­na­tes this risk of solar power pro­duc­tion: In coope­ra­ti­on with Alli­anz Ele­men­tar Ver­si­che­rungs-AG, we offer you an inno­va­ti­ve insuran­ce solu­ti­on. As part of the con­trac­ting pro­cess, a yield report for electri­ci­ty genera­ti­on is pre­pa­red based on exact data on the agri­cul­tu­ral land — i.e. an annu­al ener­gy yield is forecast.

If, after one year, the electri­ci­ty pro­duc­tion falls short by more than 10 per­cent due to a reduc­tion in the num­ber of hours of sunshi­ne, the­re is a short­fall in yield, which is cove­r­ed finan­cial­ly by the insuran­ce. In addi­ti­on, we offer a func­tio­n­al gua­ran­tee that app­lies to the fol­lowing com­pon­ents of our Agri-pho­to­vol­taic systems:

  • Agro Ring
  • Agro Ring
    Moving parts 
  • Agro Ring
    Con­trol and regu­la­ti­on components 
  • Agro Ring
    Light systems 
  • Agro Ring
    Pro­duct-spe­ci­fic instal­led con­trol cabinets 
  • Agro Ring
    Ener­gy sto­rage sys­tems with the asso­cia­ted air con­di­tio­ning elements