Solar/wind hybrids use solar panels and small wind turbine generators to generate electricity.
wind speeds are low in the summer when the sun shines brightest and longest. The wind is strong in the winter when less sunlight is available. Because the peak operating times for wind and solar systems occur at different times of the day and year, hybrid systems are more likely to produce power when you need it.
The major advantage of solar / wind hybrid system is that when solar and wind power production are used together, the reliability of the system is enhanced.
Many hybrid systems are stand-alone systems, which operate "off-grid" -- not connected to an electricity distribution system. For the times when neither the wind nor the solar system are producing, most hybrid systems provide power through batteries.
Our packaged systems are ideally suited to remote homes, schools and other off-grid applications.
We have standard hybrid systems available to meet your power needs. We can also tailor a system to suit your power requirement.
What are the applications of Solar Wind Hybrid systems?
The solar wind hybrid systems are used where the load is relatively small. In commercial and industrial sectors, the systems are used (for example) in rural offices or small tourist hotels where power shortage is chronic. It can be used in schools especially in rural and urban fringe areas. It can be used for military (charging of communication units) as well as in railways (track signaling).
It can be used in high end residential apartments and villas for specific needs. Amitabh Bachchan's villa in Pune has a solar wind hybrid system for powering the garage doors!
What is the technology behind solar wind hybrid systems?
The solar panel and the wind turbine works in tandem to charge a battery via a controller. The wind turbine could be a vertical axis wind turbine or a horizontal axis wind turbine (wind mills of megawatt level capacities are always horizontal axis). In a typical hybrid system the battery is first charged by the Solar, then by Wind and if necessary, by grid. You should discuss with your solution provider the vertical and the horizontal axis wind turbine choice based on the wind speeds prevailing in your region.
What are the benefits of installing this technology?
The solar wind hybrid systems work best in industrial-commercial situations where the grid power is in chronic short supply or where the remoteness of the terrain makes power supply unreliable (military, railway application) or where the power is expected all the time (high end apartment owners have such expectations).