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Hybrid power plants are growing rapidly: are they a good idea?

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Dr. Ryan H. Wiser is a Senior Scientist and Deputy Group Leader in the Electricity Markets and Policy Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Ryan leads and conducts research and analysis...

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As battery prices continue to fall and the penetration of variable wind and solar generation rises, power plant developers are increasingly combining wind and solar projects with on-site batteries, creating “hybrid” power plants. 

 New research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Electric Power Research Institute shows that interest in hybrid plants is high, and that hybridization can offer benefits relative to stand-alone plants. There are also limitations to hybridization, however, and market rules and policy incentives can make or break the finances of a project.  The research, appearing in the Electricity Journal, looks at the operational benefits and drawbacks, relative costs and benefits, and industry trends toward hybrid power plants.

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Matt Chester on Mar 23, 2020

Thanks for sharing, Ryan.

For anyone interested-- I'd recommend also checking out the Webinar LBL is going to hold on the topic: https://energycentral.com/content/motivations-and-options-deploying-hybrid-generator-plus-battery-projects-within-bulk-power

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Patrick McGarry on Mar 24, 2020

Ryan- Congratulations on participating in such an incredible paper. The complexity of hybrids is somewhat mind numbing and I therefore understand your point on the need for an excellent software solution.

Q: ESRs by themselves can help reduce congestion. May I assume that hybrid power plants can do the same? If so, can the reduction be considered when summing potential value streams when considering a hybrid project's ROI? 

Looking forward to the webinar.

Patrick

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Charley Rattan on Mar 24, 2020

Dr Massey and my take on hydbrid projects maybe of interest: https://radiopublic.com/new-energy-chinwag-WzEJAv/s1!5ece0

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