Biological and Ecological Engineering

Crops and killowatts: Agrivoltaics project will harvest solar energy from farmland

Careful consideration of solar power placement on agricultural land can improve yield, reduce water use, generate more electricity, and make room for grazing animals.

Photos courtesy of Chad Higgins.

Water, energy, and agriculture form the bedrock of civilization. While many technologies have advanced these components separately, few have aimed to address all three simultaneously.

Engaging through art

In 2007, Dominique Bachelet organized a climate change conference in Portland for The Nature Conservancy. “People would tell me, even years later, ‘Oh yeah, I remember that conference. I don’t remember who presented what research, but the art show was really cool!’” Bachelet said. The juried art show featured work by professionals and children.

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