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Energy efficiency and reduction of emissions

Evaluation of the first agrivoltaic system in Sweden

The aim of this project is to carry out a feasibility study of how agrivoltaic systems, that are the combination of farm activities and solar parks, can increase the energy efficiency and economic viability of PV systems in Sweden.

Start

2020-09-01

Planned completion

2022-12-31

Main financing

Swedish Energy Agency

Collaboration partners

SLU, Solkompaniet AB, Kärrbo Prästgård AB, SMHI, Uppsala University, Universitá Cattolica (Italy), NASA (USA)

Project manager at MDH

Associate Senior Lecturer

Pietro Campana

+4621101469

pietro.campana@mdh.se

The aim of this project is to carry out a feasibility study of how agrivoltaic systems, photovoltaic systems that combine electricity production and farm activities, can increase the economic viability of photovoltaic systems in Sweden. Agrivoltaic systems presents several advantages over traditional ground-based photovoltaic systems: higher electricity yield, crop yield and water savings as compared to common practices. The combination of revenues can lead to high land use efficiency and shorter payback time. This project will address the topic of agrivoltaic systems using a holistic approach that combine three different macro-areas (energy, food and water) with an interdisciplinary research group.

The research activities will focus on feasibility test at a farm nearby Västerås, simulation and optimization model development, and development of novel key economic performance indicators. The results of this project will boost the photovoltaic market and research activities in Sweden. 

Project objectives

Specific objectives of this project are:

  1. Install the first agrivoltaic system in Sweden.
  2. Develop an energy-food-water nexus model to simulate and optimize agrivoltaic systems.
  3. Validate the model with data from the installed prototype and with data from the international partners.
  4. Develop an economic model for the spread of agrivoltaic systems together with the industrial partners.
  5. Scale-up of the model to assess the potentials of agrivoltaics on a country level.