Performance Analysis of Hybrid (Wind & Solar) Power Plant - A Case Study

S.M. Jaralikar and M. Aruna (India)


Wind power, Conventional energy, Non conventional energy, Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), Global warming, Plant Load Factor (PLF).


The paper presents a case study of performance analysis of a 10 KW hybrid (wind & solar) power plant having 60:40 power generation share of wind power to solar power. The hybrid power plant performance aspects such as the total power generation capacity and generation share, power utilization capacity, Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), rate of returns, project viability (technical and commercial) etc., are studied. The paper highlights the urgency of utilizing and promoting use of non conventional or green energy sources, particularly the wind and solar energy, so as to control the environmental pollution, ozone layer depletion, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, global warming etc. It was observed that there was mismatch between the designed and actual Plant Load Factor (PLF), as well as the power generation share of the wind and solar power plant. It was also found that the Power Utilization Factor (PUF) was poor and there is very less scope for installation of solar tracking system. After the detailed analysis of results certain recommendations are made for streamlining and optimizing the power generation capacity, and also for better utilization of generated power.

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