Agricultural canopy

TSE has developed a shade system that makes it possible to fight against climatic hazards thanks to rotating solar panels installed above agricultural land that generate partial and rotating shade.

The key points of the solution

Solution adapted to all major crops

Partial shading and turning on the plot

Possibility ofintegration of an irrigation system

Low footprint for an optimized cultivated area

Crop protection against climatic hazards (drought, high temperatures, excess light, frost, hail)

Compatibility with agricultural machinery : 5m high, 27m wide

Dynamic panels with automatic orientation depending on weather conditions

Solution that guarantees a long-term income for the operator and to the owner of the land

The profits

Lower temperatures on the plot and protection against excessive light in summer
Limiting evapo-perspiration, water stress and saving water
Reduced risk of spring frost
These actions contribute to improving the potential of agricultural plots.

One irrigation system mainstreamed

To meet another major challenge for the agricultural world, that of controlling water resources, we have imagined an irrigation system integrated with our agrivoltaic solutions.

For irrigated land, our agricultural canopy can be equipped with an intelligent system that optimizes irrigation to achieve up to 30% water savings. This device also saves labor time thanks to a solution that can be controlled remotely.

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Scoring of our demonstrators

-75%
-75% of stress days over the entire cycle (Amance, 2022)
4/5
An equal or greater number of hours in optimal climate conditions under the canopy for 4 of the 5 indicators taken into account (Amance, 2023)
25%
Up to 25% difference in yield between varieties under the canopy and 19% on the control (Amance, 2022)
0%
No significant difference in yield on Soprana soybeans (Amance, 2022)
-4°C
-4°C in May - June 2023 (for extreme air temperatures) (Amance, 2022)
-3.5° C at 30 cm depth from the ground from June to mid-August (Amance 2022)
On the plot, the plants have particularly suffered from thermal and water stress in recent years, with high thermal amplitudes and especially long periods without water which have impacted plant growth and yields, especially in wheat and potatoes. Warming is also progressively and steadily bringing the harvest date forward. So I was looking for solutions to adapt to climate change. Irrigated agrivoltaics is one of the possible answers.
Benoît Bougler, farmer from Brouchy
We took our worst plot to see if we can increase its value, by rent of course, but especially by improving performance I hope. The soil is very light, superficial. We're going to keep our regular rotations. We sowed wheat in October. We plan to follow alfalfa, spring barley and lentils. We will even experiment with sunflowers, which are usually not suitable for this type of soil, to measure the effect of the canopy.
Jean-François Cortot, farmer from Verdonnet
It was important to us to maintain agricultural production, which is our core business, while being able to produce electricity in the heart of the territories. The TSE agricultural canopy is the one that seemed to us to be the most flexible and the most open: All our equipment passes under the structure positioned 5 m high.
Sylvain Raison, farmer from Amance

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Questions ?

 
What is the footprint of the structure?

The land area of the agricultural canopy is limited to 0.5% of the area covered, which minimizes the loss of usable area.

 
Do I need to adapt my agricultural practices?

The agricultural canopy, due to its height (lowest point at 5m) and the width of its rows of 27m, is made to maintain the agricultural use of the land and ensure the passage of the vast majority of agricultural machinery on the market. From the point of view of agricultural interventions or equipment, there is no impact.

 
Is the agricultural canopy compatible with all types of crops?

The agricultural canopy is compatible with the majority of field crops. Do not hesitate to contact our teams to find out more.

 
In case of maintenance, is there an impact on my crops?

We plan preventive maintenance operations between two crops, in consultation with the operator. If part of the crop is impacted by a necessary intervention during cultivation, then we will compensate the operator accordingly.