The TECO WIND-verter hybrid solar-wind generator system optimises the use of natural energy resources combined with cutting-edge technology
The WIND-verter hybrid solar-wind generator is the Optimal Stand-Alone Power System
Many remote towns or sparsely populated areas are not serviced by the main power grid. Power must be generated locally using engine generators powered by conventional fuels, such as diesel. However, the transport and storage of diesel fuel can be expensive. Therefore, diesel generators are best used on a short-term basis or for emergency purposes. Solar and wind resources are good alternatives to provide more consistent year-round powers. Solar and wind are also the most available renewable energy resources on earth, and many remote areas have plentiful supply of both.
The sun is the source of all energy on earth. Wind is a form of energy and is caused by the uneven heating of the earth’s surface by the sun. For example, the poles receive less energy from the sun than the equator does, and the dry land heats up and cools down more quickly than the seas do. On much of the earth, wind speeds are low in the summer when the sun shines brightest and longest. The wind is strong in winter when less sunlight is available. Wind speeds are also low during the day when sunlight is strong, but increase after dark when the earth surface is cooler. Because the peak for wind flow and sunlight occur at different times of the day and year, wind energy and solar energy can complement each other. A hybrid solar-wind power system can balance out the ever fluctuating solar and wind resources and is more likely to produce power when you need it.
The Best Combination of Technology
Solar power generator systems use solar PV panels to convert light energy into electrical energy. Hybrid solar wind regulators, which are also known as solar wind charge controllers, regulate the charging current of solar panels and wind turbines before it is stored in battery banks. Inverters are then used to convert direct current (DC) electricity stored in the battery banks.
Wind power generators use a wind turbine toconvert wind energy into electricity. Similar to solar power systems, charge controllers are used to regulate the charging current before it is stored in battery banks, and inverters are then used to convert DC to AC. The advantages of wind power systems are their low manufacturing and operating costs, but their reliability is relatively low due to the fluctuation of air flow.
Stand alone Solar systems or wind systems can suffer from variations in the weather, resulting in inconsistent power supply. Therefore, daily electricity output could fluctuate due to variations in weather. The fluctuation then could lead to batteries being under-charged for long periods of time.
Since solar power and wind power can complement each other as energy sources, a hybrid solar-wind power system will optimise the use of these two natural energy resources for needed power supply. Manufacturing costs of hybrid systems can be reduced because the same battery banks and inverter can be used for both the solar and the wind generators.
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