The International Energy Agency recently said solar farms were among the cheapest sources of electricity. It called solar “the new king of electricity”. But there has always been one aspect of solar that, unlike costs, cannot really change: land need. Solar farms need a lot of land and critics have used this as an argument against the future expansion of this form of renewable power generation. Proponents, however, have found ways to not just solve this problem but do it with benefits for another industry. Agrivoltaics refers to the dual use of farmland for solar power generation and farming. A one-megawatt solar installation requires some 4 to 5 acres of land, depending on the panels used. But you can’t just build a solar farm on any four or five acres of land anywhere. For optimal efficiency, these panels need optimal locations. It so happens that these locations usually are on arable land. And those experimenting with the combination of solar and farming are reporting pretty encouraging results.
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RENEWABLE Energy and Sustainable Engineering students at Wrexham Glyndwr University will be applying their studies to an innovative industry collaboration this autumn. Working alongside Wrexham-based company Wellpecs Limited, staff on Glyndwr’s BSc Renewable Energy and in the university’s estates team installed a trial site in the university’s quad for an invention by Wellpecs MD Dave Thelwell. The invention is a new kind of solar panel – with a number of key innovations and moderations made by the Wellpecs team to enhance its operations. Following its installation, students on Glyndwr’s Renewable Energy BSc will be working to gather crucial data throughout the year to demonstrate its capabilities as Wellpecs take their prototype to investors.
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