The energy transformation requires a massive expansion of solar electricity production, combined with a high demand for space. The problem for ground-mounted systems: Agricultural land is a very limited and valuable resource. Agrivoltaics solves this conflict by enabling food production and electricity generation on the same area. Through dual land use, agrivoltaics not only increases land efficiency but also increases the resilience of agricultural production to the consequences of climate change. Agrivoltaics provides farmers with additional income and promotes the economic development of rural areas. How far are we from realizing the potential of Agri-PV in scale? Can Agri-PV make a contribution to mitigate land use conflicts between agricultre and electricity generation via solar PV? That's what we're talking about with Stefano Amaducci, senior researcher at the Department of Sustainable Crop Production, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Piacenza, Italy.
Published: August 18, 2022
A full professor at the Department of Sustainable Crop Production at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Stefano Amaducci coordinates the Field Crops Group, which aims to develop and promote sustainable solutions for healthy agro-ecosystems. He is also president of Citimap Scarl, a company that specializes in remote sensing and precision agriculture as well as chairing the Federcanapa scientific committee. Amaducci is involved in numerous national and international sustainable agriculture and bio-economics-related research projects.
The Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, with six campuses, 14 faculties and approximately 42,000 enrolled students, is the largest private university in Europe and the largest and one of the most important Catholic universities in the world. In addition to the headquarters in Milan, there are departments in Brescia, Piacenza, Cremona, Rome and Campobasso.