Folding concepts are also available for the ambitions of Agri-PV. Choices exist for open or fully consecutive panel strips. If desired, folding of the panels creates the possibility of regulating both the amount of rain and sunlight on crops. This way, rain can be collected and stored for use in later dry periods.

This is more than just multifunctional use of farmland. Higher crop production goes hand in hand with the production of renewable energy. Adding to advantages such as protection of crops (fruits) agains hail and also for biodiversity and ecology.

Societal acceptance is always an important topic. This also applies to the concept of a solar field. By working with systems that are resting on a relatively thin support structure with a lot of open space (2 meter minimum), it resembles a see-through in an open forest with lines of sight into the distance. However, the folding and unfolding simultaneously creates a dynamic landscape, providing a completely different experience compared to a conventional solar field.

Conceptual model of the SolarBalance

Another interesting challenge was presented with the construction of the new depot for the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen.

A beautiful and impressive building. Designed by architect Winy Maas and portrayed as a large round bowl that is curved both up- and downwards. Completely made of mirroring glass.

And in the lower part of the facade, which has a double curvature, all doors and gates are invisibly integrated. With the press of a button, the door will open. “Open sesame” was the phrase that even the architect used to proudly show the opening of his iconic creation.

That pride also exists with Axiturn. Because the concept of this folding mechanism and mechanical drive were designed with Axiturn’s knowledge and experience. The images speak for themselves.