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REGACE Partners, representing 12 organizations from five different countries, gather at the greenhouses of Trisolar. Participants got a first-hand impression of how REGACE’s cost-effective agrivoltaic technology use if CO2 enrichment to sustainably increase greenhouses yields and improve electricity production. The PV tracking system solution revolutionise traditional food growing areas into full participants in the renewable circular energy economy. Further, Instead of large, anonymous external firms creating PV deserts in rural areas, each greenhouse owner can become a stakeholder selling clean energy. This creates new value chains of food growers who become an important part of the energy economy, creating solar energy jobs in farm economy regions. The REGACE project is dedicated to developing an innovative Agrivoltaics technology that uses CO2 enrichment to sustainably increase greenhouses yields and improve electricity production.

REGACE coordinator Dr. Ibrahim Yehia of the Alzahrawi Society opens the three-day kickoff meeting of the EU-funded project. He spoke about the activity of this R&D center, which operates 15 research centers. Following Dr. Esther Magadley of the Alzahrawi Society who initiated the REGACE Project explained how crop responsive solar tracking can optimize light, humidity and temperature levels in greenhouses.

The EU has awarded €5.3 million to the REGACE Consortium to develop and demonstrate an innovative agrivoltaics technology by using CO2 enrichment to increase electricity and crop yields.

The REGACE system, based on an initial prototype developed by partner TriSolar, will provide affordable clean energy which combines optimum crop conditions with significant energy generation. The use of CO2 enrichment will expand agrivoltaics usage to areas with less sunshine and low light conditions. Such areas in greenhouses can be used to generate power, a particularly relevant aspect due to accelerated climate change.
 
Firass Badahi, head of the local council Kafr Kara, welcomed yesterday the members of the EU-funded REGACE Project during the gala dinner organized by the Alzahrawi Society.Mr. Badahi stressed his commitment to further strengthen the council’s support for the R&D research center, saying that by winning €5.3 million through the lucrative Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Programme, REGACE has been paving the way for Arab-Israeli researchers.

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