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Voltiron

Color-optimized solar modules allowing the combination of energy and crops production

October 2022
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Voltiron by Voltiris implemented by Agroscope, Innosuisse in Conthey (Switzerland) in 2022

The crops required about 15% less water than before. Other factors are being evaluated to understand if there is also a reduction in the incidence of pests, fungi and diseases.

Voltiron

Color-optimized solar modules allowing the combination of energy and crops production

  • World Alliance Member
  • Featured Solution
  • Labelled Solution
Label Date October 21, 2022
From Switzerland
Maturity stage TRL 7 - Prototype testing in the real world

Food systems have a significant carbon footprint and a lot can be done to decarbonate our favorite fruits and vegetables. Voltiris' solution, consisting of color-optimized solar modules compatible with crop production, enables the energetic transition of greenhouses and allows greenhouse owners to gain in sustainability, energetic independence and viability. The solution, based on a spectral filtering technology, is compatible with high-light crops. Hence, growers can fully leverage the large surface of their greenhouses to cover them at max 35% with Voltiris modules. For a standard 5ha greenhouse, this results in up to ~17,500 solar modules installed, hence transforming the greenhouse into a photovoltaic power plant. The solution brings innovations on both the solar module and an innovative 2-axis solar-tracking system that allow to produce as much electricity as standard panels resulting in a very competitive LCOE.

The Environmental Benefits

  • 20 times more sustainable energy in a greenhouse than with Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
  • Up to 80% energy independence for a standard greenhouse (vs 2% without our solution)
  • Up to 80% reduction of CO2 emissions coming from energy
  • 4.3GWh of green energy produced in a standard 5ha greenhouse

The Financial Benefits

  • Up to 70% reduction in energy costs
  • Solution paid off in ~4 years when compared to Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system, for an expected lifetime of 25 years

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Voltiris

Voltiris enables the energy transition of greenhouses by developing color-optimized solar modules compatible with crops

Headquarters 1003 Lausanne, Switzerland
Type Startup or self-employed
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