Stanford researchers create model to combine PV with crop production for biofuels

A research team from Stanford University has recently created a new computer model that aims to combine the crop production for biofuels with PV plants installed in sunny, arid regions. The researchers claim that the cultivation of growing agave and other carefully chosen plants could be co-located on the ground of a PV plant, thus enabling the production of solar energy and biofuel on the same area. The crops planted beneath the plant could collect the runoff water used to clean the solar modules from the dust and could anchor the soil reducing the impact of wind, that usually kicks up dust. »It could be a win-win situation,« the research project leader Sujith Ravi. "Water is already limited in many areas and could be a major constraint in the future. This approach could allow us to produce energy and agriculture with the same water.«

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