Swiss startup Insolight has put in an agrivoltaic plant spanning 2,600 m2 on a raspberry farm owned by Bioschmid Gmbh, a Lucerne-based natural farm operator.

The 160 kW set up has 800 PERC bifacial modules and an inverter from the Chinese language producer Huawei. The array additionally consists of an Insolight-designed adjustable reflective display positioned between the modules and the crops, a management system, and monitoring algorithms.

The corporate stated it designed the system to systematically profit agricultural exercise.

“Parameters comparable to photo voltaic cell protection, peak and pitch of the construction are designed based mostly on simulations to offer the quantity of sunshine that the raspberries actually need,” stated Insolight CTO Mathieu Ackermann. “Our dynamic shading display, piloted based mostly on sensor suggestions and our personal algorithms, offers further shading throughout warmth waves, and protects the crop from frost throughout spring.”

The pilot plant shall be monitored for the following three years, with a deal with inspecting agricultural points. The Bern College of Utilized Sciences will measure PV-related efficiency.

The Swiss Federal Workplace of Vitality is supporting the Bioschmid agrivoltaic plant by the P+D program (acronym for pilot and demonstration). Different supporters of the venture embrace the Canton of Lucerne (Swisslos), the Fondation sur la Croix, The Basis Valery, and the concerned suppliers of the system.

The system will promote the vitality it captures to the grid. Nonetheless, no particulars in regards to the stage of energy prices or capital expenditure have been disclosed.

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