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Stand-alone and Hybrid Wind Energy System

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Research and Markets has published a new report on the development of both stand-alone and hybrid wind energy systems.

Wind power generation is fast becoming one of the leading renewable energy sources worldwide, with the installation of large-scale wind farms contributing to national power grids, as well as the increasing penetration of small-to-medium-scale wind power projects in distributed, isolated, and community power networks.

Reliability of power supply is one of the main issues for wind energy systems, and so improved stand-alone and hybrid wind energy systems are being developed, incorporating advanced energy storage and grid integration systems, in order to increase power generation rates and to provide secure power supply to the end user.

This book provides a comprehensive reference on the development of both stand-alone and hybrid wind energy systems, as well as energy storage systems and overall systems integration with local grids. Chapters cover the design/construction, modelling/simulation, monitoring/control and optimisation of stand-alone and hybrid wind energy technologies, reviewing their current state and future development. Further to this, many of the energy storage and distribution systems covered in the book are also applicable to other renewable energy generation technologies.

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New consortium aims at driving hybrid energy development

Via: Germany.info

A newly launched consortium created by international technology players wants to accelerate the design and development of integrated solar combined cycles (ISCC) power plants. The initiative is called Hybrid Energy Consortium (HEC) and is supported by the American QGEN, which specializes in utility-scale power generation and water desalination projects, FLABEG Group (expert on glass finishing processes) and Schlaich Bergermann und Partner Sohne GmbH (consulting civil and structural engineers), both of Germany, and JGC Corporation of Japan, a specialist on hydrocarbons.

The initial plan is for HEC’s ISCC plants to start by integrating state-of-the-art concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies into conventional gas- and coal-fired plant designs to generate electricity and desalinate water. That will be followed by HEC’s testing of new solar field designs and components in ISCC configurations in its own technology demonstration plants to be located in North Africa and North America. A successful deployment of commercial designs will segue into design, procurement and construction services to project developers around the world.

The hope is that ISCC plants will accelerate the integration of solar energy into the electricity generation mix. In ISCC plants solar energy is used as a complement to fossil fuels leveraging the gas- or coal-fired plant infrastructure and eliminating the need for the government subsidies currently being granted to stand-alone concentrating solar or photovoltaic (PV) power plants.

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