The University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) and Hive Energy have signed an academic and scientific collaboration agreement to carry out studies on the compatibility of agricultural crops with the production of photovoltaic electrical energy. The study will focus on the specific context of the climate and ground conditions of the islands. Hive is the first company to sign such an agreement and the team is keen to lead this pioneering research, which will serve as a model for future projects across the islands.
The agreement was signed in Son Lledó by the vice-chancellor of Economics and Infrastructure of the UIB, Dr. Carles Mulet, and Hive Energy’s Business Development Manager, Salvador Blanquer.
How did the partnership begin?
Part of Hive’s Spanish portfolio is based in the Balearic Islands, in particular on Mallorca Island. As such, the team were keen to involve the most prominent local University to develop a collaboration prompted by the Administration, as the land on the island should balance agricultural and renewable energy yields.
The studies will take place during the development and operational phases of our projects, involving different departments of the University and local farmers. Findings will remain implemented during the operational life of the PV plants and serve as reference for all solar developments in Mallorca. The partnership will commence during technical meetings this October, 2023.
Hive’s Spanish green energy portfolio
Spain is one of the key areas of development for Hive. To date, we have sold or completed 18 projects in the country, amassing to over 1,150 MW. We are keen to continue development and growth in the region and as such, we have recently announced plans for one of Europe’s largest green ammonia hubs in Albacete, as well as a significant portfolio of battery storage projects, which will have a capacity of over 1.5 GW once complete.