Orientation of Photovoltaic Modules to Minimize Intercepted Radiation in Photovoltaic Aglectric Systems

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Researchers at Purdue University have developed a new vertically aligned photovoltaic module system to ensure that shadowing from natural light does not negatively impact plant growth on farmland. There is need to control solar radiation at the ground level, as it can be detrimental to plant health. In addition, crop protection is essential for creating the food supply necessary to meet the demands of a growing global population. Each crop has its own unique photosynthesis process, so it is vital to optimize light exposure for as many plant types as possible. Purdue researchers have created a dual off-axis rotation system that features sensors to optimize the amount of electricity and solar light that crops receive on any given day and time. This reliable, cost-efficient, and easy to set up module provides enhanced crop management.

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Aug 19, 2020
Utility-Gov. Funding
United States

Aug 21, 2019
United States
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