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Hybrid renewable energy systems

Hybrid energy systems typically consist of two or more different energy sources used in conjunction to ensure firm power output, increased system efficiency and ultimately a greater balance in power supply at lower overall costs.

Some hybrid systems use hydropower’s flexibility to balance variable renewable supply, ensuring a firm power output to the grid and reducing spinning reserve requirements. Other hybrid systems may include adding generation to existing systems, taking advantage of existing infrastructure and creating new revenue streams. Innovative hybrid systems are wide-ranging and can solve numerous problems facing modern energy systems. Cutting-edge control technologies can also enable hybrids by offering automatic digital responses to supply fluctuations for frequency control. Hybrid systems can also have extensive and significant related social, economic and environmental benefits beyond just providing stronger and more efficient power systems. Hybrid energy systems, along with renewable energy storage, may be key to the future of renewable energy.

This session will explore recent technological innovations in hybrid renewable systems that include hydropower by bringing together experts from research, business and industry.


Focus session
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Deputy Director General, IRENA
BIESSY Marlene
Business Development Manager, EDF Hydro Division
YANG Cunlong
Vice President, SPIC Huanghe Hydropower Development Corporation
Director, EDP