Chile’s Patagonia benefits from first hydroelectric-solar microgrid

A hydroelectric power station, photovoltaic installation, and battery storage system have been combined to provide facilities in the Patagonia National Park with electricity from renewable energy sources. According to Gonzalo Rodriguez, an engineer at the Patagonian installation company SyR Energía, the hybrid solution will achieve a total output of 115 kilowatts peak. Two hydraulic turbines were combined with a solar system, both with AC coupling. The lithium-ion battery storage units have a capacity of 144 kilowatt hours (kWh).

Source: Power Engineering International