A vertical agrivoltaic project in Japan, the facility was built with heterojunction modules and mounting systems supplied by German companies Luxor Solar and Next2Sun, respectively. The distance between the rows of panels varies from 8 to 10 meters and the agricultural surface inside the rows will be used by local herders as pasture.
Japan’s Institute for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP) and Japanese contractor EPC Ryoeng Co., Ltd. built a vertical design agrivoltaic system in Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture.
The system faces south and not west-east as is generally recommended for vertical installations due to topographical restrictions, ISEP said in a statement.
The solar modules for the installation were supplied by the German manufacturer Solar of Luxor, which provided n-type heterojunction panels for the project. The vertical mounting system was supplied by the German specialist Next2Sun. The network design has been adapted to comply with national wind speed standards. Soil and bearing capacity studies were also carried out to ensure sufficient resistance to strong winds.
The distance between the rows of panels varies from 8 to 10 meters and the agricultural surface inside the rows will be used by local herders as pasture.
The Japan New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) recently issued new guidelines for developing and constructing ground-based agrovoltaic facilities in a bid to increase the presence of such projects in the rare-earth country.
According to recent statistics from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, 200 MW of grid-connected agrivoltaic projects were in operation in Japan at the end of September. The projects cover a total area of approximately 181.6 hectares and are spread throughout the territory.
Source: This news was originally published by pv-magazine