Project ORION is supported under the umbrella of SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund by the General Secretariat of Research and Innovation (GSRI) of Greece, Ministry of Energy of Israel, and Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz of Germany. SOLAR-ERA.NET is supported by the European Commission within the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation HORIZON 2020 (Cofund ERA-NET Action, N° 786483)
The overall aim of ORION is to develop an intelligent integrated framework for the use of organic photovoltaics (OPV) in the greenhouse industry. To achieve this, ORION will develop, test and evaluate innovative organic photovoltaic modules, which will be incorporated on top of the greenhouse roof or inside the greenhouse above the crop. Co-developing the same area of land for both photovoltaic electricity generation as well as for production of agricultural products (vegetables, fruits and flowers) is one of the main objectives of this study. This will significantly increase the eﬃciency of land use in rural areas. Furthermore, it will increase the use of renewable energy and reduce the use of fossil fuels that contribute to the production of greenhouse gasses. In parallel, ORION will develop a wireless sensor system for smart management of the whole system (crop, microclimate and energy from OPV) and a computational fluid dynamic code for extending, via simulations, the use and adoption of the proposed system in diﬀerent greenhouse types, diﬀerent areas and diﬀerent crops. The project results will contribute to optimize the application of OPV in greenhouses. This should increase the sustainability of the greenhouse sector. The approach proposed for protected cultivation systems is a high-tech approach providing a solution to climate and energy challenges in Europe and other countries. Our highly eﬃcient use of resources (energy) will increase the usability of greenhouses in hot and semi-hot regions (climate change adaptation actions). The project will advance the technological development of the most intensive branch of agricultural production (greenhouses). The participation, in the project, of universities, research institutes and industry, with experts from both the photovoltaic and agricultural sectors, provides a unique synergetic approach. Moreover, it will allow a faster dissemination of results to a wider audience.
The Agricultural University of Athens (AUA) offers high-level undergraduate and postgraduate Education and Research in Agricultural Science, and its vision is to achieve Educational and Research Excellence so as to occupy a dynamic position in the international academic environment.
True to its traditional role of responding to the productive and developmental needs of the Greek economy and society, the AUA intervenes and develops in line with the development and orientation of modern education and science. Moreover, it is in continuous contact with society so as to make proposals and provide solutions to problems that arise within the agri-nutrition sector.