Agrivoltaics - Placing Solar Photovoltaic Panels Over Cropland

#Photovoltaics #Cropland_Use #Agrivoltaics #Climate

Agrivoltaics—the concept of placing solar photovoltaic panels over cropland—is considered a potential solution to the competing land demands of food and energy production. In this talk, I will discuss how dynamic photovoltaic panels can be adjusted to maximize power generation while also considering the sunlight needs of the crops. An optimal dual-axis photovoltaic panel formulation is proposed that adjusts the panel position to maximize power generation subject to crop requirements. The approach is demonstrated in a case study with two alternative scenarios: one that maximizes solar power generation and another that exclusively focuses on crop cultivation without photovoltaic panels. The last part of the talk will focus on how optimizing the operation of an agrivoltaic system allows us to better understand agrivoltaic systems as a resource connected to the power grid.

This presentation will count for 1 Professional Development Hour (PDH) for the PE License in Wisconsin and Michigan.

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  • Date: 15 Feb 2024
  • Time: 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-06:00) US/Central
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  • 835 Mike McCarthy Way
  • Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • United States 54304
  • Building: Green Bay Distillery

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  • Starts 30 January 2024 08:00 AM
  • Ends 14 February 2024 04:00 PM
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Dr. Anna Stuhlmacher Dr. Anna Stuhlmacher of Michigan Technological University


Anna Stuhlmacher is an assistant professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan Technological University. She received her B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Boston University in 2017 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan in 2019 and 2023, respectively. Her research interests include the optimizations of uncertain distributed energy resources.


5:00 Social time, cash bar open

5:30 Order meals from restaurant menu

6:00 Dinner served

6:30 (or as meals are finished)  Section announcements, door prize drawing,
                                                Featured Speaker - Dr. Anna Stuhlmacher

7:45 (approximately)  Wrap up - final comments