HyPErFarm [H2020]

 

The EU-funded HyPErFarm project proposes the use of combined agrivoltaic systems that allow food production to continue on land used by PV parks. By engaging several stakeholders, the project aims to optimise viable agrivoltaic business models and test the marketability of the solution.

Project title: Hydrogen and Photovoltaic Electrification on Farm

Funding programme: Horizon 2020

Overview of the HyPErFarm project

Conventional agriculture production relies heavily on fossil fuels, particularly in its ability to provide energy at a low cost. However, the EU climate policy, the UN Paris Agreement as well as the uncertain future of fossil fuel availability and prices point to the need to explore energy efficiencies in other systems. The competitiveness of photovoltaics (PV) towards other renewable energy sources has changed dramatically over the last decade, so that PV is now as competitive as wind power. By 2050, the International Energy Agency foresees solar PV to reach 4.7 terawatts in its high-renewable scenario, making solar power the world’s largest source of electricity.

The most common approach for a solar installation in Europe is on rooftops of industrial or private buildings. Only recently, alternative locations for solar panels such as croplands are being studied. This has led to promising findings in terms of solar panel efficiency for power generation in cropland settings.

The project focuses on demonstrating in a cost-effective manner, that local energy production by integrating agrivoltaic systems on agricultural land is economically beneficial for farmers.  Furthermore, it will improve the energetic self-sufficiency, sustainability and enhancement of farm resilience.

Project objectives

The HYPERFARM project has defined a set of very ambitious objectives that aim to make a positive change in the agri-food sector:

  • develop optimised agrivoltaic systems to guarantee sustained or even enhanced crop production, by simultaneous implementation of crop protective solutions and associated modelling tools.
  • implement H2 production and usage in a cost-effective manner as reliable energy source and adjust heavy duty machinery to reduce fossil-dependency and significantly lower emission rates
  • deploy on farm electricity production towards electrification of farm operations by using e-robotics on the field, intelligent climate control and e-driven pyrolysis.
  • demonstrate the business case and public acceptability of producing solar-based energy sources locally on farm and use thereof to drive the daily agricultural activities and animal house feeding and heating/cooling infrastructure by air/water heat pumps and heat exchangers.

Our involvement in the HyPErFarm project

PNO Innovation along with the HyPeRfarm consortium will work closely together to develop a solid business case for farmers and help them facilitate the implementation of producing renewable energy on their farm and its local deployment. PNO Innovation’s expertise adds value in the Cost analysis and exploitation, as well as Dissemination, Communication and Clustering activities.