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Hybrid Promise

Global energy markets are rapidly turning away from fossil fuels towards wind and other competitively priced renewable sources. As renewables’ role in power generation expands, technology becomes an important enabler.  Renewable energy hybrid solutions have significant potential to provide the efficiency and flexibility needed to accelerate the global transition to a renewables-led energy mix.

Renewable hybrid solutions combine energy generation resources and storage. The promise lies in resource complementarity, efficient plant utilization, and an ability to closer match production to consumption or remuneration. Wind, complemented by solar, has imminent potential to improve site production, increase capacity factor, and more fully utilize electrical connection infrastructure and balance of plant equipment. With the addition of storage, production deployment to system can be shifted in time to more closely match consumption and/or to meet grid requirements.  Chiefly, hybrid solutions provide flexible energy production and delivery to the electrical grid. This is less important when earnings/kWh is fixed, but as remuneration schemes evolve, project return on investment may be partially or fully dependent on a fluctuating electricity market. In this case, hybrid solutions increase the ability to participate at favorable electricity prices through adaption of intermittent production to electricity market fluctuations.

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The Future is Hybrid

Wind is at the core of everything we do at Vestas. 35 years’ experience in optimizing the combined output of a wind park translates well to the integration of another type of variable power generation source.  While the case for hybrid solutions may seem simple, realization of benefits is much more complex.  Rooted in core knowledge of modern turbines and wind parks, combined with wind and irradiation resources and/or electricity storage, Vestas possess the know-how necessary to right-size hybrid power plants relative to project business case, while fulfilling grid requirements.

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Hybrid Considerations

Power Purchase Agreement

Standard considerations apply in the wind and fixed PPA scenario. This includes LCOE, wind resource assessment, grid regulations, and service strategy.

Three tier 
Power Purchase Agreement

In a more complex scenario with tiered PPA and dual production resources, considerations expand. They include aspects such as irradiation resource assessment, production resource right-sizing, and integration and control.


Flexible market pricing and the introduction of storage further builds on project complexity. This includes consideration to storage right-sizing, charging and dispatch strategy. Merchant market dynamics can also include participation in alternative revenue streams.

Hybrid Projects

Vestas is working closely with customers on projects that can further explore the opportunities in hybrid and provide learnings to guide the future product offering. Also, Vestas is expanding capabilities through partnerships with industry leaders and close collaboration with suppliers.


    Kennedy Project: Wind, Solar, and Storage

    The innovative 60.2 MW Kennedy Energy Park phase I is the world’s first utility-scale, on-grid wind, solar and battery energy storage project. The project is located in Flinders Shire in central north Queensland, Australia, which is blessed with world-class wind and solar resources. Kennedy Phase I will feature 43.2 MW of Vestas’ V136-3.45 MW wind turbines, 15 MW of solar and 2 MW/4 MWh Li-Ion battery storage, all managed by a Vestas customized control system, that will operate the hybrid power plant. A consortium between Vestas and Quanta Services will deliver the engineering, procurement, and construction of the project, which is expected to be in operation by the end of 2018.

    Louzes Project: Wind and Solar

    The Greek Louzes Wind & Solar power plant was established in 2012, combining 24 MW of wind with 1 MW solar. This project lends five years of operational experience with active power regulation of a wind and solar combined hybrid power plant. 

    Lem Kær Project

    The Lem Kær hybrid power plant was installed in 2012, adding battery storage to an existing wind plant.  The project is the first large scale battery storage and wind plant in operation, and lends five years of operational experience integrating Battery Management System with the wind plan control system.