Solar power is a renewable, alternative energy source that can be harnessed every day in all weather conditions; the number of operational PV power plants has grown rapidly worldwide. While the amount of power generated can exceed a gigawatt, PV plants require large tracts of land for panel installation resulting in ecological changes and other environmental issues such as desertification due to the presence of solar panels, concurrent use with respect to agriculture, reduction of flora and fauna, water contamination, water use for panel cleaning, etc.
Therefore, EGP is primarily interested in finding actions to mitigate the concurrent use of the land and that can generate a positive impact associated with a LARGE PV PLANT. These can be implemented in new and existing PV plants. Attention will also be given to proposals maximizing social benefits for local communities. The ultimate goal is to find disruptive ideas that can be developed on a global scale for a true epochal change in this energy sector.
Deadline for submission: May 28, 2019
For questions about the challenge and your proposal you can contact EnelOpenInnovabilityChallenges@innocentive.com
Illustration Photo: NREL researcher Jordan Macknick and UMass professor Stephen Herbert survey the test plot at the UMass Crop Animal Research and Education Center in South Deerfield MA. They are working with teams from UMASS Clean Energy Extension and Hyperion on a photovoltaic dual-use research project, simultaneously growing crops under PV Arrays while producing electricity. The project is part of the DOE InSPIRE project seeking to improve the environmental compatibility and mutual benefits of solar development with agriculture and native landscapes. (credits: National Renewable Energy Lab / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0))