Plant Lighting and Photovoltaic Agriculture: Current Status and Challenges

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Crop Physiology and Crop Production".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 124

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Department of Optics and Optical Engineering, Physics School, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, China
Interests: photovoltaic agriculture; plant lighting; optical sensor; plant factory; polymer multilayer optical film
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Dear Colleagues,

Light is the physical foundation of plant photosynthesis. In addition to sunlight, artificial lighting has become more and more popular. Plant photosynthesis is only sensitive to certain light wavelengths, including red, blue, and far-red light. It also has specific requirements for light intensity, as both excessive and insufficient light can lead to low photosynthetic efficiency. Different plants and different stages of plant growth have varying demands for light (including spectral components and intensity). Therefore, there is still a significant amount of research work yet to be completed in the application of artificial lighting for plant factories and greenhouse supplementary lighting. On the other hand, sunlight provides an excess of light for plant photosynthesis most of the time, including 90% of the spectrum and radiation during midday in spring, summer, and autumn. The next generation of photovoltaic agriculture (agrivoltaic) technology will prioritize the lighting needs of crops and utilize the surplus solar energy for photovoltaic power generation. Some remarkable progress has been made, but there is still a considerable amount of research work and experimental demonstration to be completed before large-scale implementation and widespread adoption.

The implementation of agrivoltaics through artificial lighting and scientific light management has the potential to significantly enhance agricultural productivity and accelerate the development of renewable energy, while also reducing water usage and agricultural pollution. Future research in this field holds great significance for the sustainable development of both the agriculture and renewable energy industries.

Prof. Dr. Wen Liu
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  • plant lighting
  • photovoltaic agriculture
  • agrivoltaic
  • agricultural technology
  • artificial light
  • sustainable development
  • LED

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