26/11/2020 - Renewablesby Jean-Marc Scemama
Thinking outside the boxSolar players are, of course, looking for maximum exposure and yield associated with minimum environmental impact and visual disruption for local populations. Panels installed at ground level usually require large areas of land, and they monopolize use of such lands for long stretches of time. This raises questions about use of land – a limited commodity – as well as environmental footprint. Forward-thinking companies are therefore looking around for innovative places to place panels to overcome such challenges.
Generating power – and income – from the sunOne of the sectors with the greatest potential is the emerging agrophotovoltaics (APV) sector. This burgeoning industry makes agricultural land pack extra punch by using it both for solar photovoltaic power and farming. In 2019, a total of more than 2.9 GW of agriphotovoltaic capacity was operating around the world. Studies have shown that this system has numerous advantages including improved crop yields, reduced evaporation, rainwater harvesting, provision of shade for livestock, and prevention of wind and soil erosion, as well as additional income for farmers from electricity production.
Vallourec’s solutions for solar structuresAs a world leader in premium tubular solutions, Vallourec is supporting these promising applications with a range of solutions that can be used to create the kinds of structures needed in agricultural and industrial settings, and to do so in a way that enables solar panel installations.
About Jean-Marc ScemamaJean-Marc Scemama joined Vallourec in 2012 as Vice President, Corporate Marketing. From 2017 to 2019, he was Vice President, Industry Strategy and Renewables before being named Vice President Industry Strategy, Marketing and Development in 2020. A graduate of École Polytechnique and Télécom Paris, Jean-Marc previously worked for IBM, STERIA, Cap Gemini Telecom & Media, and AREVA.