Hybrid projects can significantly mitigate the issues around intermittency of renewables ensuring the output from the overall scheme is constant, reliable and renewable. The co-location of generation and storage technologies is a way of optimising an existing grid connection regardless of the constraints on local infrastructure. The inclusion of storage allows more generation to be implemented on a site compared to the grid capacity. Thus bypassing grid constraints reducing the costs of grid connections. Storage also allows for further grid services, such as load shifting, to be provided and hence provides further revenue streams for a project.
Combining renewables such as wind and solar, or combining renewables with storage or non-renewable generation provides a greater consistency of generation across the year and can level out the natural peaks and troughs of the generation profile when renewables are isolated. Implementing these schemes with onsite usage also have the potential to reduce your reliance on the grid. This in turn can have a positive effect on the users electricity bills.
EV deployment is expected to grow rapidly over the coming years, with the UK government planning to phase out sales of all vehicles that aren’t ULEV by 2040 (2032 in Scotland). In order to service the electrical demand required by these vehicles, a large number of charging points will be required at homes, workplaces and public locations. More and more charging stations are rapid charging (50kW) with High Power (100kW+) also seeing growth. The high power demands required by rapid and high power charging infrastructure will in many cases require expensive grid upgrades to accommodate their installation. In order to balance the strain placed on the grid network and avoid costly grid upgrades, there is an opportunity to co-locate renewable generation and battery storage alongside EV charging to minimise grid import costs.
Our team of resource analysts and grid specialists are able to provide detailed modelling to specify, design and optimise co-located generation to meet the requirements of the site.