Enel & Enea Ink Pact for Innovative Agrivoltaic Pilot Plant
Enel Green Power and ENEA have signed an agreement to test an innovative technology that combines photovoltaic electricity production with microalgae cultivation. A pilot plant will be built at the ENEA Center in Portici (Naples) to study and demonstrate how the two solar and microalgae technologies can be integrated and, in parallel, a scalability analysis will be carried out for applications on large photovoltaic plants. The trial involves cultivating microalgae with a high commercial value (between 100 and 200 euros per kilogram) with a crop system fully integrated within the photovoltaic plant.
The advantages are in producing electricity from renewable sources and valuable substances to be used in food and supplements and reducing CO2 emissions that are absorbed and transformed into biomass, added to those already avoided through photovoltaic electricity production.
The research is part of the development of innovative solutions to optimize land use related to large-scale photovoltaic systems, with various solutions for space sharing for energy generation and agricultural activities.