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Title: Solar Farms are more productive
Post by: dan_b on April 13, 2019, 09:28:24 AM
This is fascinating- farmland with solar PV is actually more productive agriculture-wise than without. And you get the electricity...

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/04/12/fraunhofer-reports-combining-farming-with-solar-186-more-efficient-in-summer-of-2018/


Title: Re: Solar Farms are more productive
Post by: Philip R on April 13, 2019, 10:17:51 AM
I am sure this would work well in many dry areas of southern Europe and arid parts of the US, Africa and Australia.

The test site in Germany near the Bodensee was interesting because Germany too suffered a drought in 2018. Not talked about in the UK, but the Rhine was so dry, ot could be walked across around Dusseldorf.
The reference unshaded potato crop would have been well down compared to a non drought year. Also the earthing up of the potatoes would cause increased water loss from the surrounding soil due to its increased surface area. Ie not flat ground. A comparison with grain or maize would also be a useful comparison too.
Philip R


Title: Re: Solar Farms are more productive
Post by: Nickel2 on April 13, 2019, 12:59:13 PM
Excellent result. I look forward to seeing this type of installation in the UK. Being higher off the ground it will hopefully reduce the incidence of theft.