Hybrid energy solutions involve combining two or more different sources of energy to meet the demand of a specific location or a group of people. These sources can be used to power a remote community, an individual user, or a larger body such as a city or a town. Depending on the requirements, two renewable sources may be combined or a renewable and a non renewable source may be combined. When the need for cleaner energy generation is dominating, combining two renewable sources, such as solar and wind, solar and CHP units, will prove effective. Despite being environment friendly, the chances of inherent efficiency issues can still be high. Combining a non-renewable source (such as a diesel generator) with a renewable source to form a hybrid solution can help both the sources complement each other. While the renewable source can reduce the environmental impact of the diesel generator, the diesel generator can help meet the power demand round the clock. Combining renewable sources with the existing power grid can also help reduce the burden on the generation units of the grid.
Low-voltage direct current (LVDC) has received significant focus and attention of the global research community as it provides ample scope for generation and distribution of electricity through extensive usage of renewable energy resources. Moreover, developing countries have turned toward LVDC for providing additional electrical access to remote locations. This need for electricity access is driving establishment of a systems approach to standardization that can take LVDC well beyond individual devices.
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