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luglio 22, 2021 - Vattenfall

Smart combination of solar panels and strip cultivation

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Vattenfall has received a permit to build a solar farm in Almere, the Netherlands, where the combination of solar panels and strip farming can be tested.

Meeting climate targets requires the deployment of large-scale renewable #energy. That takes up our space both on land and at sea. Dutch society has reservations about placing solar panels on land where food can also be produced. In the Symbizon project #vattenfall, together with other parties, is investigating the combination of a solar farm with strip farming in order to obtain new knowledge and insights into the efficient use of land. The project is being carried out with Top Sector #energy funding from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.

The aim of the so-called Symbizon project is to show that a smart combination of solar panels and strip cultivation maintains the land for food production, improves its ecological properties and at the same time provides a positive business case for #vattenfall and the farmer.

Alternating panels with strips

"In the solar farm we alternate rows of panels with strips where various crops are grown for organic farming. This means that far fewer solar panels are being installed per hectare than is usual," says Annemarie Schouten, Head of Solar Development Netherlands. "To ensure sufficient light yield, we use double-sided solar panels. They catch the reflected light from the soil, the crops and the adjacent rows and use it to produce solar #energy. The panels also rotate with the sun to maximise yield." The park is expected to have a capacity of 0.7 MWp.

Further information in the press release to download

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