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Clusters of Flexible PV-Wind-Storage Hybrid Generation (FlexPower)

A pioneering approach to demonstrate how technology hybridization can leverage the value of utility-scale wind and PV generation from being simple variable-energy resources to ones that provide dispatchability (similar to conventional power plants) and a full range of reliability services (similar to or better than conventional plants) to the bulk power system.

Value Proposition

  • New opportunities for the global renewable energy industry with disruptive market potential
  • Will give answers on how to transform variable-generation plants into fully dispatchable and flexible sources of energy
  • Pioneering demonstration approach
  • Will advance many GMLC objectives:
  • Maximize the values of existing and future generation assets
  • Accelerate the emerging concept of multi-technology systems
  • Provide high-value services to the grid
  • Support resiliency and security of power supply 

Project Objectives

  • Develop a validated FlexPower control theory
  • Develop FlexPower controller that can be used for large-scale deployment of utility-scale hybrid generation
  • Conduct actual validation and demonstration testing of scalable multi-MW PV-wind-BESS hybrid plant at NREL’s Flatirons Campus using high-value assets in partner labs

Project Quick Facts

Topic ID: 6.1.1
Status: New

Technical Project Team

  • Lead

    Vahan Gevorgian, NREL

  • S. Shah,
  • P. Koralewicz,
  • J. King,
  • N. Grue,
  • Dave Corbus,
  • G. Stark,
  • Jake Gentle,
  • T. Mosier,
  • F. Wilches-Bernal,
  • D. Schoenwald,

Project Partners

General Electric (GE)
First Solar
California ISO
Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)
National Grid
Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)
SMA America
Schweitzer Engineering Labs (SEL)
University of Denver
DTU Energy
University of Aalborg

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