FRIDAY 25 FEBRUARY, 2011 |
Solar Panels For Greenhouse Applications Unveiled
Agricultural greenhouses occupy a great deal of land and up until now, using the
space for rooftop
has often not been viable as sunlight still needs to penetrate
down to the plants below. A new product appears to have solved that challenge
and could be used in other applications where light needs to pass through a roof
announced a new solar product for agricultural greenhouse and shade
structures that will provide farmers with an additional income stream and
power for their operations as well as boosting plant growth by controlling
The cylindrical design of the modules allows for the capture of sunlight and
electricity generation from direct, diffuse and reflected light.
Complete coverage with the solar panels creates uniform shading comparable to
the light emitted through conventional shade structures or whitewashing. White
shadecloth can also be added to protect plants where necessary and allows some
of the light to reflect back onto the solar tubes.
Solyndra says have tests have shown that plants such as tomatoes thrive in the
partial shading provided by the system.
Multiple megawatts of agricultural installations are under construction in Italy
and Solyndra is working with leading greenhouse manufacturers to integrate the
system into greenhouse designs.
Solyndra first unveiled
its tubular design
for commercial rooftop applications in 2008. The
technology consists of copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin-films rolled
into a cylindrical shape and placed in a frame. The system allows for easy
allows for easy replacement of individual tubes should any be damaged.
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