Agrivoltaic Modules Co-Designed for Electrical and Crop Productivity

Christiana B. Honsberg, Robert Sampson, Ray Kostuk, Greg Barron-Gafford, Stuart Bowden, Stephen Goodnick

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3 Scopus citations


Agrivoltaics provides benefits for both photovoltaic systems and agriculture, enabling dual "harvests"from the sun. An issue with agrivoltaic systems may be the competition between PV modules and crops, leading to agrivoltaic modules that have fewer solar cells and produce less electricity. We present an agrivoltaic PV module design that is angularly and wavelength selective, passing light to the crops in the morning when they are able to utilize it, and to the solar cells during periods of high insolation when they cannot. The agrivoltaic module embeds a holographic film into the PV module, and the cells operate at low concentration, allowing both low costs and high electricity production.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2021 IEEE 48th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781665419222
StatePublished - Jun 20 2021
Event48th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2021 - Fort Lauderdale, United States
Duration: Jun 20 2021Jun 25 2021

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-8371


Conference48th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityFort Lauderdale


  • Agrivoltaics
  • Bifacial Solar Cells
  • Emerging PV Applications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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