Maximizing Efficiency by Combining Wind and Solar Power
Which green energy is the most important?
It’s hard to say when there are so many green energy options available today. But we’re going to take a look at the best green energy to save the most carbon, and the best way to get it.
A single wind turbine generates enough energy to power about 650,000 homes. But when paired with solar panels, that number goes up dramatically. In a new study in the journal Environmental Research Letters, the researchers found that the combination of solar and wind energy produces more energy than any other two technologies that could be used to generate power.
“We calculated that the total amount of energy produced by the combination of solar and wind power is equal to the total amount of energy needed to power an average home in the U.S.,” says the study’s lead author Emiliano Bilotti, a senior research associate at MIT’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research.
However, it’s the most effective energy option to make electricity grids work efficiently, so it’s best to focus on areas where that kind of power is needed most. Areas where the most energy is needed are in areas with high humidity or where there’s a lot of wind, places like Florida, Texas, and California.
The research team developed a model to determine where the most energy could be obtained from different combinations of technologies.They considered areas where the sun produces the most energy and where there are large sections of land for an optimal location of a solar array or wind farm.
Borrego Solar Energy, a California-based company, is a good example of a company that has optimized the effects of solar and wind power working together. The company uses a solar array and a high-pressure sodium high-temperature steam turbine. They says the plant is able to generate energy equivalent to 1,500 megawatts, which is enough to power about 10,000 homes.
The company says it plans to expand its power plant in California in the next few months. The new solar power plant will be located at the CalTech energy hub in Lancaster.
California is also a leader when it comes to installed renewable energy capacity. The state has the second largest installed renewable energy capacity in the country. It is just one of the many reasons why the future is so bright for the people living there.
The importance of the work done by these researchers should not be underestimated. Imagine the impact this can have if the research is used by the energy companies that are trying to make a difference in the world. Imagine how much more positive energy there could be in areas that are currently hard to get power from. Imagine the impact it could have in areas that are affected by climate change.