Agrivoltaics – Synergistic Production of Food and Energy

The smarter E Podcast Episode 45 | April 08, 2021

Agrivoltaics enables the simultaneous use of land for both agriculture and solar power plants. It thus offers opportunities for food and energy production and can also make valuable contributions to soil and plant conservation.

This intelligent dual use of land for agriculture and solar power generation has the potential to counteract the shortage of farmland and contribute to the sustainable development of rural areas. Farmers are given the opportunity to develop new sources of income without losing the productivity of their land. But what are the current developments? And which areas are currently benefiting in particular?

We talk about this with Max Trommsdorff, Group Leader for Agrivoltaics at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE.


  • 3.08: Differences to conventional ground-mounted PV or rooftop solar
  • 6.08: About the advantages of Agrivoltaics
  • 10.48: About the influence of climate boundary conditions
  • 13.55: What are the current legal frameworks?

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About Max Trommsdorff and Fraunhofer ISE

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE is located in Freiburg. Its activities are related to applied research and development in the subjects of engineering and natural sciences in the field of solar technology and photovoltaics. Since March 2020, Max Trommsdorff has been working as head of the Agrivoltaics team at Fraunhofer ISE.

Since 2015, he has worked as a project leader and expert in agrophotovoltaics, focusing on economic feasibility, technology transfer and institutional design. More recently, he developed Agri-PV projects on aquaculture in Vietnam and horticulture in India.

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Badr Ikken (Institut de Recherche en Energie Solaire et Energies Nouvelles (IRESEN))

Directeur général


Badr Ikken received an engineer degree in production technology and solar energy systems from the TU-Berlin. He wrote a thesis on manufacturing of hard materials. During 8 years, he worked in the Factory Management Institute (IWF) in Berlin, as researcher and he served in the Fraunhofer-IPK as project leader for several industrial projects for Siemens, INA-Schaeffler… <br />Between 2008 and 2010, Ikken served as CTO of Lunos-Raumluftsysteme. He developed and launched two new production lines in Germany and expanded the production in China. <br />In September 2010, he joined the Moroccan Solar Agency - MASEN as Industrial Integration and R&D Director. 2011, He co-founded the Moroccan Research Institute for Solar Energy and New Energies (IRESEN) and He established the largest solar research and innovation platform in Africa, Green Energy Park as well as the Green&Smart Building Park, dedicated to energy efficiency in buildings, smart-grids and e-mobility. He is also developing the Water-Energy-Nexus Park, biomass platform AgroEnergeTIC and Power-to-X platform greenH2A. <br />Ikken is a member of the national commission of Hydrogen and supported the establishment of the greenH2 cluster in Morocco. <br />Badr Ikken is Vice-President of the green economy commission of the Moroccan Confederation of Enterprises and represents Morocco in several commissions.


Sophie Mok (Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO))

Researcher and Project Manager - Urban Economy Innovation


Sophie Mok is a researcher and project manager in the "Urban Economy Innovation" unit at the Fraunhofer IAO in Stuttgart, Germany. She is leading the replication work package in the H2020 project UNaLab, which focusses on how nature-based solutions help cities to become more climate and water resilient. Additionally, Sophie is involved in local and international research projects in the area of sustainable and climate-friendly urban development, resource-efficient future street design, as well as urban farming and food systems. Sophie holds a Master’s degree in Bioeconomy and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Sciences and Hydrology.


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