Professor, Department of Farm Machinery and Power, Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
*Corresponding Author: MK Ghosal, Professor, Department of Farm Machinery and Power, Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.
Received: June 16, 2021; Published: June 29, 2021
Citation: MK Ghosal. “Agrivoltaics for Doubling of Income Through Simultaneous Crop and Energy Production in Same Land". Acta Scientific Agriculture 5.7 (2021): 72-73.
Agrivoltaic system is a concept of growing crops and generating PV-based electricity from the same land and time and is one of the future of the land use systems from where both food and energy can be produced. Development of agrivoltaic system is based on dual uses of land for simultaneous crop and energy production. The concept is originated from the same approach of agroforestry in which productivity of the land is increased by following intercropping among the trees. By adopting such system in agricultural land, farmers can earn income from their land through sale of PV generated electricity along with the crop production. Ideally, crops for these sites should be such that it should not be tall (preferably less than 50 cm), spreading type and do not interfere in any way with the functional efficiency of solar PV modules. As the PV system creates shading for the crops grown below the pillars of its structure, the sensitivity of the crop yield with respect to the shading effect needs to be examined.
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