In August 2022, MKG GÖBEL set up an experimental plant at the State Teaching and Research Institute for Viticulture and Fruit Growing (LVWO), in cooperation with our partner BayWa r.e. The project will help to gather practical experience and to offer better solutions for combining photovoltaics and agriculture.
In its January 2023 issue, the “Erneuerbare Energien” magazine presents pilot projects by which BayWa r.e. aims to find out more about the impact of solar canopies over fruit and berry fields, so-called fruitvoltaic systems. These systems replace the previous foil coverings and not only offer the added value of generating electrical power, but also aim to improve fruit quality by providing optimised conditions for plant health, growth and production.
BayWa r.e. and MKG Göbel are working together to achieve this goal. As part of this partnership, MKG GÖBEL has built a rainproof structure over a raspberry plantation in southern Germany. The solar roof has an output of 115 kilowatts and a light transmission of around 70 percent; this ensures that there is enough solar energy left over for the plants. The State Teaching and Research Institute for Viticulture and Fruit Growing (LVWO), on whose experimental fruit farm Heuchlingen near Bad Friedrichshall (Heilbronn district) the plantation was built, will monitor the quality of the fruit under the solar modules.