Integrated PV

What is Integrated Photovoltaics?

Solar photovoltaic (PV) has evolved from an innovation to a reliable technology known for its ease of application, low cost and its potential to slow down climate change through the generation of low-carbon energy. 

Integrated PV shares land surfaces with agriculture or floats on water surfaces. PV modules are integrated into buildings, roads and vehicles, both aesthetically and functionally. New types of technology and design allow to freely choose formats and colors of integrated PV modules. Features such as minimum weight per surface,extremely high mechanical strength or light transmittance can be met by choosing the right materials and equipment. 

Why in Chile?

Chile has a great potential for PV power generation, thanks to a globally recognized solar resource that allows the profitable realization of projects. As of 2022, the solar PV capacity reaches 5.1 GWp generating about 13% of electricity nationwide. 

To achieve carbon neutrality, it is necessary to significantly increase solar PV capacity. The expansion of solar PV requires land: 1 GWp of PV capacity occupies approximately 1000 hectares. That is why we are already observing a land use conflict between solar energy and agriculture, especially in the central and southern part of the country. 

Apart from an area neutral energy generation, Integrated PV enables electricity production in areas that are characterized by space limitations. In this way, solar energy can be generated where it is needed; for example, in the Metropolitan Region of Santiago, where areas for solar energy production are scarce.

In this context, integrative PV not only promises to solve land use conflicts, but also to generate synergies, especially in the efficient use of water.

Our Mission and Support for Industry and Politics

Fraunhofer’s mission worldwide and in Chile is to develop innovations that benefit society and strengthen the economy. We transfer innovative technologies from Germany validating the techno-economic feasibility and impact of integrative PV concepts with pilot plants. We conduct potential studies and promote research results in lectures and workshops. In the following we show standard services and invite you to contact us directly to discuss collaboration possibilities:



→ Geospatial database potential studies 


→Workshops and dissemination talks

Projects Development


→ Pre-feasibility studies 

→ Conceptual design

→ Raytracing and finite element method (FEM) simulations


Data Collection and Analysis


→ Solar resource

→ Microclimate and evapo-transpiration 

→ Energy consumption and generation


Development Areas


Floating PV

A solution for access to electricity in rural areas, which avoids conflicts in agricultural land use and protects water resources.


Urban Farm PV

Vertical urban agriculture using photovoltaic solar energy.



Opportunities for agriculture and energy transition