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Horizon scanning alert: Agrivoltaics, shielding crops with PV panels

This factsheet looks into recent and ongoing developments of Agrivoltaics. Agrivoltaic systems cover crops with photovoltaic panels and share the sunlight for co-production of food and electricity on the same piece of land. Though this may impose physical constraints on electricity and/or food production in some climates, it may enable a more efficient land and light use. Further this concept offers other synergies and benefits, currently investigated, with the more advanced concepts undergoing applied research, field testing and demonstration.