EU PVSEC Programme Online
EU PVSEC 2020, 7 - 11 September 2020
Presentation: 6DO.14.2 Techno-economic study of agrovoltaic systems focusing on orchard crops
Type: Oral
Date: Thursday, 10th September 2020
15:15 - 16:45
Author(s): B. Willockx, B. Herteleer, J. Cappelle
Presenter / Speaker: B. Willockx, KU Leuven, Gent, Belgium
Event: Conference Conference
Session: 6DO.14 AgroPV and EcoPV
Type(s) of Access:  Conference Registration
Topic: 6. 1 PV on/in Buildings, Infrastructure, Landscape, Water and Nature
Keywords: Simulation, Economic Analysis, Agrophotovoltaic, Semitransparent Modules, Agrivoltaics
Summary / Abstract: This paper presents a novel 3D agrovoltaic modelling tool developed in python which enables technical and economical evaluation of potential agrovoltaic designs. It has been designed and applied for fruit crops which typically have a crucial flowering period. To illustrate the potential of this tool, a case study for pear trees in Bierbeek, Belgium is shown. While many geometrical parameters of agrovoltaic systems are fixed in practice, however, there is also the need to model the impact of PV modules on the tree light interception. The results of the modelling show that the amount of solar radiation depends on the modules used, with semi-transparent modules offering better light distribution and reduced crop loss. Based on the modelling, a prototype agrovoltaic set-up with pear trees and semitransparent modules has been built in Bierbeek, Belgium.