Meaghan's Minute: Combining the Powers of Renewables

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:12pm
Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by API Technologies, Dr. Kurt Rohrig from the Franhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology, believes if the strengths of wind, solar, and biogas are combined in a smart way, then the energy supply of the future can be guaranteed.

Read: Managing Renewables Intelligently

The concept consists of using a software platform to bring together a multitude of small energy providers within a virtual power plant.

Experts have already conducted a test showing that this setup does indeed work reliably in practice, having combined numerous wind parks, biogas and photovoltaic facilities delivering a total output of over 80 MW in a virtual combined-cycle power plant. Because small providers work together, regional variations in wind and sun can be evened out via the grid or using biogas facilities that can be regulated according to requirement.

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