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Agrophotovoltaik - Water management and microclimate under the agrivoltaic system


Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz

Federal State

Lower Saxony and Bremen


Calenberger Straße 2
30169 Hannover

Website: External link to the authority

Project Title

Agrophotovoltaik - Water management and microclimate under the agrivoltaic system

Project description

In the project methods for sustainable water management and water cycles are compared and optimized to create the prerequisite that water consumption by agriculture in Lower Saxony can be minimized even during dry periods. Microirrigation is, according to the current state of knowledge, the most efficient irrigation method for the intended application in terms of water demand. Within the scope of the project, the supplementary water requirement, the energy and working time requirement, as well as the costs associated with the measures will be recorded for the various test plots to enable a comparison of the different variants of microirrigation under the given conditions. The physical protection and partial shading of the cultivated area by the agrivoltaic system creates an altered microclimate, which, with the help of a comprehensive network of sensors and irrigation based on demand and efficiency, enables efficient water management. In addition, these methods are suitable for reducing erosion and minimizing the runoff of nutrient-rich soil into adjacent water bodies. 

Final report

Results and the Final report will be found here, as soon as the project is completed.

Key words

  • Equipment and machinery
  • Soil
  • Water
  • Energy
  • Farm diversification

Main funding source

Rural development 2014-2020 for Operational Groups (in the sense of Art 56 of Reg.1305/2013)

OG contact information

Steinicke Haus der Hochlandgewürze GmbH
Seerau in der Lucie 30
29439 Lüchow

Phone: 05841-9756-22

Email: r.lettenbichler@steinicke-gmbh.de

Type of OG partners

  • Farmer
  • Researcher
  • Industry

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Total budget applied for in EUR


Link 1

project website of EIP Lower Saxony



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