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Insolagrin

A dynamic agrivoltaic solution developed to protect crops and produce renewable energy on the same land.

June 2020
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Insolagrin by Insolight SA implemented by Romande Energie Ventures in Conthey, VS, Switzerland (Switzerland) in 2021

Initial results show raspberry yields and production quality similar to the reference plastic tunnel and therefore better than without open field protection.

Insolagrin

A dynamic agrivoltaic solution developed to protect crops and produce renewable energy on the same land.

  • World Alliance Member
  • Featured Solution
  • Labeled Solution
Label Date June 10, 2020
From Switzerland
Maturity stage TRL 6 - Prototype testing 1:1 in lab

The combination of agriculture and photovoltaics (Agrivoltaics or APV) holds promise for enabling Europe's energy transition through dual land use. APV can be deployed at a lower cost than rooftop PV while improving agricultural yields and water use. However, current solutions rely on conventional opaque silicon panels, which is not optimal because they must be widely spaced to minimize the impact on agricultural yields. In fact, insolagrin allows for PVA with no trade-off between electricity and agricultural production. Electricity is produced for approximately 250 households per hectare per year, while protecting the crops. The impact on the land area required for solar PV production is enormous, since the densification is 100%. This solution also decarbonizes agriculture, increases farmers' income and reduces water consumption.

The Environmental Benefits

  • 400g CO2 eq./kWh savings compared to using electricity from the grid
  • Its LCA is up to 2 times better than concentionnal PV panels
  • 35% water savings on agriculture in semi-arid environments

The Financial Benefits

  • Payback time is reached similarly to to conventionnal PV panels in approx. 8 years
  • 30-160% more savings/returns/m2 vs conventional agrivoltaics

Activity Region

  • Headquarters
  • Activity

Company Profile

Insolight SA

Dynamic Agrivoltaic Solution

Headquarters 1020 Renens, Switzerland
Type Startup or self-employed
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CleantechAlps

As an expert for the innovation scene in energy and environmental technologies, CleantechAlps (Sion, Switzerland) is a hub for the cleantech ecosystem, connecting its stakeholders with relevant partners.

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