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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
“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.
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: