Photovoltaic Structures for Use in Agriculture Farms

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Researchers at Purdue University have developed new photovoltaic (PV) structures for agrivoltaic farming. These structures can simultaneously be used for growing food and generating electricity. Shadows from current PV modules decrease plant yield and are often expensive. The solar powered devices created at Purdue can optimize food production for farmers while maximizing PV energy production. This PV setup can be implemented for full-scale farming utilizing current farm equipment and is designed with row crops such as corn, soybeans, wheat, and rice in mind. Further, the ideal dimensions and lower height of the new PV structures enable dynamic changes between light and shadow as desired.
Sep 13, 2021
CIP-Gov. Funding
United States

Nov 13, 2020
Provisional-Gov. Funding
United States
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