This paper introduces a photovoltaic system project designed in synergy with freshwater and water ecosystem services. Based on the operative principle of multifunctional land use, the emphasis is on reconnecting business growth with social and ecological development. Such an approach aims to harmonise the needs of photovoltaic systems for industrial processes and the ecological and social needs of the landscape. Specifically, this combination of photovoltaic panels and wetlands is proposed as a new pattern of the photovoltaic scheme, distinct from the normal configuration of photovoltaic panels in farmlands or brownfields. Among other things, the proposed project has the key functions of increasing the production of solar energy, recycling waste water, generating raw materials for biofuel or other applications, providing animal habitat and mitigating the temperature of the air. In this way, it is possible to view ecosystem services as supporting technology services to increase the productivity of energy factories. This novel design opens up a new view of environmental aspects that should be viewed as an active part of the design and not only as future impacts of human activities or mitigation strategies.
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University of Salento, Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Biologiche ed Ambientali, S.P. 6 Lecce-Monteroni, 73100, Lecce, Italy.
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