By combining different energy technologies in hybrid systems the inherent drawbacks of each technology can be avoided. The combination of intermittent energy production and energy storage is one obvious example, as intermittent technologies may need intermediate storage media in order to be able to deliver energy when the user needs it, not only when the wind blows or the sun shines.
We combine 3 core applications addressing complementary aspects in order to enable an assessment of hybrid energy systems:
- Life-cycle cost analysis – using Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) as the key metric;
- Value chain analysis – breaking down the key energy system components to identify potential performance improvements along the value chain and corresponding life-cycle electricity costs;
- Scenario modelling – combining established industrial learning curves and growth scenariosin order to assess future macro changes on technology cost development.
We have at this stage developed models for some hybrid energy systems:
Grid connected Solar PV + stationary energy storage
- Assessing the viability of time-shifting daytime solar PV generated electricity to evening and night by battery storage. Lifecycle costs and optimal sizing of the the combined solar PV + storage system.
Grid connected Solar PV + stationary energy storage + electric vehicles (BEV / FCV)
- We have established a platform for the techno-economic and environmental assessment of different configurations of the PV – storage – BEV/FCV hybrid energy system by establishing a model for the comparison of performance and cost between electric vehicles and conventional cars, and linking this model to the joint PV – energy storage methodology.
- We are developing the concept for hybrid energy systems including E-mobility in collaboration with XD Sustainable Energy Consulting, please see our joint website dedicated to these massively disruptive opportunities; www.disrupt-ev.com.