Soliculture is an energy/agriculture resource innovation company focused on delivering greenhouse-integrated photovoltaic (GIPV) systems to the commercial greenhouse industry. The product is a semi-transparent greenhouse roof panel that generates electricity AND benefits plant growth. By integrating solar energy production above crop production, GIPV allows growers to utilize on-site energy resources, without compromising valuable land area and crop production. The dual use of the greenhouse and PV structure decreases balance of system (BOS) costs for retrofits of our GIPV products relative to conventional solar. Sericulture uses technology developed and patented from UC-Santa Cruz in 2011. The company was founded in 2012 by Prof. Glenn Alers, a physics professor at the UCSC and solar industry reliability expert. A luminescent dye is used to convert solar wavelengths that are not beneficial for plant growth to wavelengths that can facilitate plant growth and can generate electricity...
Soliculture is an energy/agriculture resource innovation company focused on delivering greenhouse-integrated photovoltaic (GIPV) systems to the commercial greenhouse industry. The product is a semi-transparent greenhouse roof panel that generates electricity AND benefits plant growth. By integrating solar energy production above crop production, GIPV allows growers to utilize on-site energy resources, without compromising valuable land area and crop production. The dual use of the greenhouse and PV structure decreases balance of system (BOS) costs for retrofits of our GIPV products relative to conventional solar. Sericulture uses technology developed and patented from UC-Santa Cruz in 2011. The company was founded in 2012 by Prof. Glenn Alers, a physics professor at the UCSC and solar industry reliability expert. A luminescent dye is used to convert solar wavelengths that are not beneficial for plant growth to wavelengths that can facilitate plant growth and can generate electricity. Soliculture has been focused on crop production trials in commercial greenhouses for the last three years to determine the optimized light spectrum for combined electricity production and plant growth. In 2015, Soliculture entered into a strategic partnership with Solaria Inc. in Fremont, CA who brought in the Si cell singulation and stringing technology to make the panels manufacturable in high volume. Leveraging standard solar industry manufacturing methods with a proprietary luminescent polymer layer and patented advanced singulation technology from Solaria, Soliculture has the only GIPV panel on the market that can produce electricity AND benefit plant growth. The product is compatible with standard cSi manufacturing and can be produced at any number of cSi solar contract manufacturing sites, eliminating the need for large capital expenses. Soliculture’s GIPV products achieved commercial availability in Q2 of 2015 with their first 10kW installation in Watsonville, CA. Soliculture seeks funding to create a combined crop cover / power generation product to open up the market for new protected agriculture crops with combined power generation and agriculture.
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