Synergies through dual land use.

Water Balance

Agriculture already consumes around 70% of the world's freshwater through irrigation, and the amount of land that needs to be irrigated has more than doubled since the 1960s.

In view of climate change, water shortage will become severe in many parts of the world.

Thus, agriculture needs solutions to save water and use it efficiently.

Water savings through shade in agriculture

When plants are exposed to too much solar radiation, their water consumption increases and their photosynthesis performance decreases.

By implementing agrivoltaics, solar radiation can be regulated so that plants have the best possible light conditions for their growth and need less water.

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Threefold land use

To prevent erosion in agrivoltaic-systems, various water management approaches can be used.

Narrow PV modules or PV tubes as well as targeted rainwater drainage can prevent the accumulation of larger amounts of water under the module edge.

Especially in arid regions, capturing and storing rainwater can conserve groundwater supplies or enable agricultural activities in the first place.

The "APV-MaGa" project is testing a triple land use approach for rural regions in West Africa.

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