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HYDROGEN AND PHOTOVOLTAIC ELECTRIFICATION ON FARM

Objective

The sustainable development goals of the UN and climate targets of the EU require that all economic sectors sharply reduce fossil-based use. However, the agricultural sector has the potential to not only greatly defossilize, but even produce energy – and that not to the detriment of, but alongside with food production. Photovoltaic (PV) has become dramatically more competitive relative to other renewable energy sources, and is now as competitive as wind power. Currently, PV-parks are installed on large land areas, leading to loss of land for cultivating crops. The ideal solution is provided by combined agro-voltaic systems with dual land use for crop production and simultaneous power production. HyPErFarm joins multiple types of actors with the objective to optimize viable agrivoltaic business models as well as test the marketability of the products, via inclusion of new innovative PV technologies (PV H2-production, bifacial PV-panels), radically new crop production systems, stakeholder innovation workshops, and citizen-consumer acceptance, public perception analysis and farmer adoption studies. HyPErFarm also develops and demonstrates new ways of utilizing and distributing the energy produced on-farm via heat pumps, e-robots, hydrogen production, storage and use, and e-driven pyrolysis of biomass side-streams that captures carbon while also improving soil quality. The project’s impact is that agrivoltaic systems are moved upwards to TRL7-8, and attractive new business models are accessible for farmers. HyPErFarm thus supports a game-changing radical innovation and contributes to the building of a low fossil-carbon, climate-resilient future EU farming that can also supply local communities with power and hydrogen. HyPErFarm partners have the ability to adopt and further develop the new farming practices, to provide the new technologies required, and to adopt new APV-business models that will allow continued food production on land used for power production.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/business model
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/solar energy
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science

Call for proposal

H2020-FNR-2020-1
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 516 420

Participants (11)

AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 1 003 218,75
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 781 100
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
AGRO INTELLIGENCE APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 245 000
Address
Agro Food Park 13
8200 Aarhus N
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HYET HYDROGEN BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 259 166,25
Address
Westervoortsedijk 71 K
6827 AV Arnhem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUELSAVE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 57 575
Address
Altrottstrasse 31
69190 Walldorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HOCHSCHULE OFFENBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 366 527
Address
Badstrasse 24
77652 Offenburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ETABLISSEMENTEN FRANZ COLRUYT NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 105 875
Address
Edingensesteenweg 196
1500 Halle
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INNOVATIESTEUNPUNT VOOR LANDBOUW ENPLATTELAND
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 287 000
Address
Diestsevest 40
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Other
PNO INNOVATION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 135 625
Address
Excelsiorlaan 51
1930 Zaventem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HUNSBALLE CLAUS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 74 103,75
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HOCHSCHULE WEIHENSTEPHAN-TRIESDORF
Germany
EU contribution
€ 346 475
Address
Am Hofgarten 4
85354 Freising
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments