Photovoltaic greenhouses: evaluation of shading effect and its influence on agricultural performances

  • Sergio Castellano | Department of Science of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Foggia, Italy.


During the last years, European government remuneration polices promoted the realisation of photovoltaic systems integrated with the structures instead of on ground photovoltaic (PV) plants. In this context, in rural areas, greenhouses covered with PV modules have been developed. In order to interdict the building of greenhouses with an amount of opaque panels on covering not coherent with the plant production, local laws assigned a threshold value, usually between 25% and 50%, of the projection on the soil of the roof. These ranges seem not to be based on scientific evaluation about the agricultural performances required to the building but only on empirical assessments. Purpose of this paper is to contribute to better understand the effect of different configurations of PV panels on the covering of a monospan duo-pitched roof greenhouse in terms of shading effect and energy efficiency during different periods of the year. At this aim, daylighting and insolation analysis were performed by means of the software Autodesk® Ecotect® Analysis (Autodesk, Inc., San Rafael, CA, USA) on greenhouse model with different covering ratio of polycrystalline photovoltaic panels on the roof.


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photovoltaic greenhouses, daylight, shading, illuminance.
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Castellano, S. (2014). Photovoltaic greenhouses: evaluation of shading effect and its influence on agricultural performances. Journal of Agricultural Engineering, 45(4), 168-175.

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