Solar arrays to work with Farms

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Solar arrays to work with Farms

Postby DonDeeHippy » 08 Feb 2019, 07:32 ... c-farming/
Fraunhofer calls its unique installation, which mounts the solar panels high enough to allow farm equipment and animals to move freely underneath, agrophotovoltaics or APV. The results from the first experimental program near Lake Constance in southwestern Germany found combining agriculture and farming increased the output of the land by 60% over what it would be if the same land was devoted 100% to farming or 100% to solar panels.
According to a Fraunhhofer press release, three identical 13 kWp APV systems were constructed in various locations in Chile. Researchers were interested in finding out which plants benefited from the shading from the APV array. Sensors measured meteorological data like solar radiation, humidity, soil moisture, and ground temperature.
The first APV system was installed on a farm using very professional methods to grow broccoli and cauliflower. The solar electricity was used in the production process to clean, package and cool the produce. The second APV was installed on a family run farm that grows herbs and other crops.
The third system was set up in a remote region where access to the electricity grid is available but service is frequently interrupted. The APV plant provided electricity for seven families while providing power to an incubator for hatching chicken eggs, among other things.
So much farm land could benifit from a bit of shade and for countries with high populations this method seams to be the best...... better farm land and power in one :purple
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Re: Solar arrays to work with Farms

Postby Sprintcyclist » 08 Feb 2019, 08:53

.................... So much farm land could benefit from a bit of shade ................

Particularly in Aussie.

I could well see cows, sheep and roos sheltering under those.
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Re: Solar arrays to work with Farms

Postby Texan » 09 Feb 2019, 09:33

When I build and include solar, I plan to put the panels on the roof of my shop or the roof of a car port or boat storage structure. Putting them on the roof requires that you build your house perfectly for solar and you risk having to remove solar to replace your roof down the road.

With your heat, some partial shade on your crops may help. You could include sprinkler systems in the solar panel structure to make irrigation easier. If you are going to build it, make it work for you as much as possible.
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Re: Solar arrays to work with Farms

Postby HBS Guy » 09 Feb 2019, 12:37

Could go over the driveway to the farmhouse, places like outside a dairy, trampled into mud by the cows twice a day, give them shade, shelter from rain etc—and generates a shitload of PV.
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