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Hybrid, integrated, modular electricity production system based on renewable energies

Hybrid energy systems are those which combine two technologies, in this case wind and photovoltaic technology, often supported by a diesel generating set. Before these systems can be made commercially available, their efficiency must be maximised and their costs reduced. This project has made a significant contribution to this through the development and testing of the most crucial system components.

Hybrid renewable energy systems consist of two or more energy technologies combined to generate power. The aim of this project was to develop and test the most crucial components of an energy production system based on renewable energies wind and photovoltaic supported by a small diesel generator set. The system configuration was to be based on a flexible DC link able to integrate any generating source with an easy rectifier/battery charge module, a battery storage system and an output inverter integrating system management control. This configuration was selected for its high level of flexibility and easy expansion capability. The system was to be modular and integrated, in the sense that the management system would be able to manage all components and thus optimise system performance. The critical components designed in this project were to be the source adapters for battery charging and the inverter, all in the range of approximately 10 kW. A software package was also to be developed to support the task of setting up further commercial applications.


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Record Number: 22364 / Last updated on: 1999-05-12
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Collaboration sought: Joint venture agreement, Marketing agreement, Financial support, Manufacturing agreement, Further research or development support, Information exchange/Training, Licence agreement