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Agri-photovoltaics as a resilience concept for adaptation to climate change

The agricultural sector is facing new challenges. In the wake of climate change, strategies must be developed to avoid negative impacts on harvests. Fruit cultivation in Germany is already affected by the consequences of climate change: strong solar radiation, rising temperatures and increasingly frequent extreme weather events such as hail and heavy rain. To counteract quality and yield losses, hail protection nets and films are already increasingly being used.

Project "APV-Obstbau" will investigate to what extent agri-PV can take over this protective function in apple orchards, which system design makes sense with this crop and to what extent the PV system affects the crop yields.

© Fraunhofer ISE. Hail protection nets within fruit cultivation are made redundant by an Agri-PV system.

The goal of the project is to increase resilience in orchards as well as to contribute to resource-efficient land use in order to counteract land use conflicts between open-space photovoltaic systems and agriculture.

For more information:
Andreas Steinhüser
Fraunhofer ISE
Heidenhofstr. 2
79110 Freiburg
Tel: +49 761 4588-5225

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