APV-RESOLA Agrophotovoltaics resource-efficient land use

Agrophotovoltaics

— Ressource-Efficient Land Use (APV-RESOLA)

Cost-efficiency of ground-mounted Photovoltaic-Systems (PV-GM) is steadily increasing. Experts predict PV-GM to become profitable and independent of financial support from the German Renewable Energy Act (EEG) in five to eight years. This increase of competitive edge leads to new business models for the utilization of the cultural landscape. As a result, the pressure on rural areas is increasing with the growing demand for land. The limited availability of arable soils and an increasing demand for space will lead to new dimensions in land use competition and economic, ecologic and social conflict constellations. The Innovation Group APV-RESOLA is developing and exploring a new form of photovoltaics technology with which the agricultural land can continue to be used for growing crops as well as for generating electricity. In 1981, Adolf Goetzberger, founder of the Fraunhofer-Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, and Armin Zastrow were the first to propose the concept of a resource efficient dual use of arable land called Agrophotovoltaics (APV). They were addressing the ongoing discussion on the food-energy-nexus and proposed a special system-technology that optimizes the output of PV and photosynthesis. The Innovation Group APV-RESOLA is now developing and extending this technology by political, ecological and social dimensions.

On the Coexistence of Solar-Energy Conversion and Plant Cultivation
A. Goetzberger, A. Zastrow (1981)
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Video of APV-plant construction

Time-Line of APV-RESOLA

2017

04/30
First PV-Data online

Technical details of the APV pilot plant and monitoring data of electrical yields are online now!

2016

11/22
2nd meeting of the APV-RESOLA Advisory Board

in Freiburg

10/24
First short movie online

The first out of two planned short movies is out! It documents the installation of the research plant and explains the technical background. Many thanks to AMA Film for the great contribution!

09/18
Inauguration

Ceremonial opening of research plant in Heggelbach.

09/08
Completion of APV research plant
08/08
Begin of contruction phase of APV research plant
03/25
Launch of APV Homepage

www.agrophotovoltaik.de goes online

2015

11/12
1st meeting of the APV-RESOLA Advisory Board

in Freiburg

10/28
Citizens Workshop

in the community of Herdwangen-Schönach

10/21
Citizens information event

in the community of Herdwangen-Schönach

10/13
First consultation for land use plan

in the local council of Herdwangen-Schönach

04/15
2nd Kick-Off Meeting

of the Innovation Group APV-RESOLA in Bonn

03/19
1st Kick-Off Meeting

of the Innovation Group APV-RESOLA in Freiburg