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Floating PV – An investigation concept for the nature conservation impacts

Project title: Impacts of floating PV systems on nature conservation; Subproject 1: Development of an investigation concept for the impact of floating PV systems in still waters on nature conservation

Focus

  • Preparation of a multi-year study concept
  • Effects of floating PV systems in still waters
  • Species and habitats, landscape, abiotic parameters

Contact

biota – Institut für ökologische Forschung und Planung GmbH
Nebelring 15, 18246 Bützow
Dr rer nat Dr agr Dietmar Mehl
Tel: 0049 38461/9167-33
Dietmar.Mehl(at)avoid-unrequested-mailsinstitut-biota.de

Funding

FKZ 3522 15 1501

Departmental research plan / REFOPLAN 2022
Termt: 01.03.2023-30.08.2023

PV systems on artificial and heavily modified water bodies also serve to implement the EEG (§ 36 WHG). The first systems have gone into operation on artificial stillwaters, although the nature conservation and water ecology impacts of floating PV systems have hardly been researched to date. In the project, a targeted study concept is to be developed, which should make it possible to determine the medium- and long-term effects of floating PV systems on species, habitats and the landscape and thus improve the state of knowledge.

The aim of the project is to develop a multi-year study concept to identify and assess the nature conservation impacts of floating PV systems in stillwaters due to construction, operation, installation and dismantling.


Procedure

Based on an in-depth literature review, a preliminary study concept is derived, which is made available in advance to local authorities as a working aid fpr teh approval process. In the following, detailed methods of individual biotic, abiotic and landscape parameters are developed and a concrete study concept is derived.

Work packages

Work packages

  1. Supplementing and updating the existing technical literature; draft for a preliminary investigation framework for the inventory and assessment of nature conservation assets and landscape management aspects.
  2. Preparation of an investigation concept to determine the impacts of floating PV on abiotic parameters
  3. Preparation of an investigation concept to determine the impact of floating PV on species and habitats
  4. Preparation of an investigation concept to determine the impact of floating PV on the landscape
  5. Preparation of an investigation concept to determine the impact of the technical components of floating PV systems
  6. Development of a methodology for the summarised nature conservation assessment of floating PV systems

Project partner

Project partner

Project Management

biota – Institut für ökologische Forschung und Planung GmbH,
Nebelring 15, D-18246 Bützow
www.institut-biota.de

Dr rer nat Dr agr Dietmar Mehl
Tel: 0049 38461 9167-33
Dietmar.Mehl(at)avoid-unrequested-mailsinstitut-biota.de

Project partner

Institute for Ecological Economy Research
Environmental economics and policy
Potsdamer Str. 105, D-10785 Berlin
www.ioew.de

Dr Daniel Johnson
Tel: 0049 30 884594-27
daniel.johnson(at)avoid-unrequested-mailsioew.de

Förderung

Bundesamt für Naturschutz (BfN)
FG II 4.3 Nature conservation and renewable energies
Leipzig Office, Alte Messe 6, D-04103 Leipzig
www.bfn.de

Dr. Katja Bunzel
Scientific Employee
Tel: 0049 341 30977-170
katja.bunzel(at)avoid-unrequested-mailsbfn.de

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