AGRIVOLTAIC MODELING

MODELING AND SIMULATION

Sandbox Solar has developed a agrivoltaics modeling framework for accurately forecasting agricultural and photovoltaic production, air temperatures, soil moisture, and estimated water savings for locations throughout the United States.

Agrivoltaics Model

OUR WORK

SANDBOX SOLAR AGRIVOLTAIC RESEARCH

In 2019, Sandbox Solar was awarded a USDA SBIR Phase 1 grant to study agrivoltaics with semi-transparent technologies. Sandbox installed 9 separate pole mounts with 3 different panel transparencies. Our team has been working with the CSU Horticulture Department to collect crop yields and growing environment data. Since 2019, Sandbox Solar has conducted agrivoltaics modeling research.

Agrivoltaics Partners
Agrivoltaics Sunset
Summit Plant Labs Agrivoltaics
Interconnection Agreement Sandbox Solar
Agrivoltaics Semi-Transparent

Agrivoltaics Modeling

We currently have validated our irradiance performance assumption by using a state of the art tool developed by Ladybug Tools. Additionally, we were able to host a meeting with NREL to compare our tool to the ray tracing bifacial radiance model developed by NREL. Our tool currently exceeds expectations for irradiance accuracy. From these results, we are able to confidently use the irradiance model to deliver metrics with a list of suggested crops that would work in such conditions.
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Model Attributions
Tractor by Poly by Google [CC-BY], via Poly Pizza Tomato by Zoe XR [CC-BY], via Poly Pizza Field of wheat by Poly by Google [CC-BY], via Poly Pizza Head of lettuce by jeremy [CC-BY], via Poly Pizza Aloe plant by Poly by Google [CC-BY], via Poly Pizza
AGRIVOLTAICS PARTNERS

Agrivoltaics DOE
Agrivoltaics SPADE
LadyBug Tools Agrivoltaics
NREL Agrivoltaics
Janus Agrivoltaics
Agrivoltaics CSU
Agrivoltaics Hyperion
West Agrivoltaics
LARTA Agrivoltaics
Lightstar Agrivoltaics
Agrivoltaics Summit
Native Hill Agrivoltaics
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