The Birth of an Idea
In the summer of 2009, Dr. Ibrahim Yehia, the scientific director of the Triangle Research and Development Center, conducted what was probably one of the world’s first scientific experiments with Agrivoltaics, growing several rows of tomatoes shaded by Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) panels. The results from this initial experiment demonstrated, for the first time, that it might be possible to generate electricity without appreciable drops in the amount of food harvested. It took time for the world to catch up with this idea, but starting from about five years ago the Agrivoltaics research won an impressive series of grants that gave the group deep understanding of ways to generate electricity without harming crop yields. This in turn led to the establishment of the TriSolar company.
From Kafr Qara to the World
Using innovative software and hardware configurations, Trisolar has developed a technology that is cheaper than all ground based Photovoltaic systems. This will help transform the world’s half a million hectares of greenhouses into net producers of energy for a cleaner world. The system is very easy to install, using far less metal and materials, thus further reducing the total environmental impact. Meeting the world’s needs for renewable energy requires huge areas of land for PV installations, reach up to 5% of the total land area in some countries. Areas devoted to PV farms have minimal or in many cases zero carbon capture capacity, this defeating part of the purpose for their construction. The TriSolar solution resolved this problem in a way that ensures food security with clear energy.