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A common criticism to large-scale solar farm is the competition between land for energy andland for food that creates deep conflicts among the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).One of the sustainable and technological solutions to address the SDGs competition is theadoption of agro-photovoltaic systems, which combine electricity and crop production andincrease land use productivity. By using a water-food-energy-climate nexus approach, thisproject aims to provide an in depth understanding on the interrelationships between solarradiation distribution at crop level, photovoltaic production, microclimate, and crop yieldresponse underneath of the APV systems. In particular, the project will investigate throughexperiments how complex shading conditions created by agro-photovoltaic systems affect thedistribution of the albedo and of the photosynthetically active radiation converted into biomassby crops.

Project manager at MDU: Pietro Campana

Main financing: FORMAS

This research project aims to contribute knowledge to how photovoltaic parks can be designed and planned with higher efficiency and profitability. Today, there is a lack of tools for solar park designers that take into account local weather conditions, and above all to the price signals from the electricity market and thus in the extension to the balance between production and demand. The project aims to develop a calculation model that makes it possible to optimize the angle and direction of the solar cell modules (azimuth) based on both local weather conditions and spot price variations over time. 

Project manager at MDU: Pietro Campana

Main financing: Stiftelsen ÅForsk

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