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Connecting Agrivoltaics Worldwide!

Welcome to AgriVoltaics2021!

At the first world congress on agrivoltaic systems, AgriVoltaics2020, more than over 350 participants from 38 countries proved the relevance of this interdisciplinary research topic. After this great success, I am glad to welcome you to the second edition: AgriVoltaics2021.

It all traces back to 1981, the year I was born. Adolf Goetzberger founded the Fraunhofer ISE and proposed, together with his colleague Armin Zastrow, for the first time the concept of agrivoltaics. At first glance, the idea looks simple: Elevating photovoltaic modules to maintain the land below for agriculture. Still, for more than two decades, agrivoltaics remained an unproven concept. First prototypes had to wait until photovoltaics developed into a mature technology. Today, 40 years later, we see agrivoltaics entering the markets in many regions of the world with systems and approaches of great diversity. Just as agriculture is.

During AgriVoltaics2020, lively discussions and exchanges of experiences from all around the globe clearly showed that there is a lot to learn from each other. This seems little surprising. In some regions, agrivoltaics is already a well-established technology while, in most countries, the concept is still widely unknown with no or very few small prototypes.

I am convinced that a well-working international exchange is a solid base to spread the concept of agrivoltaics. Therefore, in 2021 we will put the focus on bringing together people, knowledge and ideas aiming at strengthening the global R&D community and pushing forward a technology that can protect plants, soils, water and climate. All in one.

Let’s connect agrivoltaics worldwide!

Max Trommsdorff
Fraunhofer ISE
Conference Chair of AgriVoltaics2021

 

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Dates and Deadlines

Abstract Deadline: February 05, 2021
Notification of Acceptance: March/April 2021
Start of Online Registration: March 2021
Deadline for Full Papers: June 16, 2021
AgriVoltaics 2021: June 14-16, 2021
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