WRITTEN ON 19 April 2024.

Powering up Sustainably: Solar-Hybrid Power Generation

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As we stand at the intersection of innovation and responsibility, sustainable site power generation emerges as a beacon of hope, offering a viable solution in our quest for a greener future.

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Do we have enough Sunlight in the UK to make it practical to switch to Solar-Hybrid Power Generation?

Here in the UK we are universally mocked for our typical British weather of rain, cloud and cold, so, with a distinct lack of the big yellow thing caressing us with Vitamin D inducing rays can the British climate really produce enough sunlight to make solar-hybrid power a realistic and viable option? Well, the answer is yes! Solar power generation requires only some level of daylight to extract the sun’s energy, this means cloudy blighty can still produce enough sunlight to harness this solar energy to put it to use.

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Solar-Hybrid site power generation represents a promising approach to meeting our energy needs while minimising environmental impact. At its core, sustainable solar-hybrid site power generation revolves around solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, which convert sunlight into electricity. Solar power serves as the primary energy source in these systems, harnessing the abundant and renewable energy from the sun.

Energy storage is another critical component of sustainable solar-hybrid site power generation. Batteries or other storage technologies are used to store energy generated by solar panels during times of high production. This stored energy can then be deployed during periods of low production or high demand, helping to balance supply and demand and ensure a continuous power supply


Another benefit! Reduction of light loading 

"Light loading" refers to operating an engine driven generator at a fraction of its rated capacity. In other words, the generator is not being utilised to its full potential and the load is requesting far less power than the generator is capable of producing. This situation typically occurs when the demand for electricity is low relative to the generator's maximum capacity. Whilst occasional light loading may not be problematic, prolonged or excessive light loading can lead to various issues that affect the performance, efficiency, and reliability of the generator. When opting for a Solar-Hybrid Power Generator light-loading is avoided as the controller only provides the power required by the load.

In conclusion

Sustainable solar-hybrid site power generation represents a promising approach to meeting our energy needs, by integrating solar power with other renewable energy sources, energy storage, and backup systems, solar-hybrid systems offer a reliable, sustainable, and cost-effective solution for powering our world. As we continue to transition towards a more sustainable energy future, solar-hybrid systems will play an increasingly important role in meeting our growing energy demands.

Here at Trime we offer a full range of Sustainable Power Generators including a Solar Hybrid Option! Please contact us to learn more about how we can help.

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