Solar Modules to Combine Energy and Crop Production
Greenhouses are crucial for the future of agriculture and their surface area is predicted to grow 15 times by 2050. However, greenhouses require a lot of energy and growers are halting operations due to the surge in energy prices.
Retailers and other players in the ecosystem are also asking growers to reduce their carbon footprint. However, existing solar solutions come with the downside of either taking up a lot of space to be installed next to the greenhouses or, if mounted on the greenhouses, shading the crops, which subsequently decreases the yield for growers.
Voltiris’ color-optimized solar modules separate sunlight and transmit only the components needed for photosynthesis to crops, while producing solar energy with the unused light. This enables the growers to leverage the size of the greenhouse and to double the use of the land they already own, by producing renewable energy without impacting crop yields.
The modules are installed inside the greenhouse. This comes with two advantages. First, the panels are protected from weather, second, they don’t require any special authorization. In addition to that, they can be retrofitted onto existing greenhouses.
This solution addresses many challenges growers face and aims to ultimately allow them to keep producing the food we all need.