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Solar power refers to energy generated through absorption of the sun’s rays. Sunlight can be converted to energy directly using photovoltaics, concentrating solar and solar thermal technologies, or indirectly through passive solar building design strategies. Large-scale solar arrays require significant land area and can impact ecosystems and land availability. Solar technologies also require water in their manufacture and for cleaning during operation.

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Agrivoltaic Systems to Optimise Land Use for Electric Energy Production

In this work, a patented “agrivoltaic” solar tracking system named Agrovoltaico is examined in combination with a maize crop in…

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Applied Energy

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15 June 2018

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Agrivoltaic Potential on Grape Farms in India

To investigate and quantify PV generation potential, without significantly harming agriculture output, the authors of this study explore the viability…

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Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments

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1 October 2017

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Aquavoltaics: Synergies for Dual Use of Water Area for Solar Photovoltaic Electricity Generation and Aquaculture

This paper reviews the fields of floatovoltaic technology (i.e., water-deployed solar photovoltaic systems) and aquaculture (i.e., farming of aquatic organisms)…

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Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews

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1 December 2017

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Energy-Water Nexus Crosscut

The Energy-Water Nexus Crosscut Team (originally called the Water-Energy Tech Team) was formed in late 2012 to address these issues.…

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U.S. Department of Energy

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Water Energy Nexus: Excerpt from the World Energy Outlook 2016

Based on a detailed review of policy announcements and plans, this report reflects the way that governments, individually or collectively,…

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International Engery Agency

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27 March 2018

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Colocation Opportunities for Large Solar Infrastructures and Agriculture in Drylands

The goal of this study was to explore opportunities to colocate solar infrastructures and agricultural crops to maximize the efficiency…

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Applied Energy