Hybrid Power responds to future challenges with new technology
Solar energy is a zero-emission form of energy production, which converts the Sun’s radiant energy into electricity. Hybrid-Power Finland specializes in 1 MWp solar power plants.
Conditions for producing solar power in Finland are similar to those in northern Germany, where solar energy has already gained a steady foothold in the electricity market. During the summer, the north benefits from long daylights, and the short winter days are compensated by reflective snow cover. Moreover, photovoltaic panels are more efficient at cooler temperatures.
Controlled Growth Platform (CGP)
Hybrid-Power Finland has designed and patented a horticultural module that utilizes solar energy, new types of lighting solutions and wireless technology (IoT) that allow for more efficient plant production. Solar power plants require a lot of space with a significant amount of unused space left between the panels. The goal of HPF technology is to maximize the efficient use of the power plant area by harnessing unutilized spaces for growing locally produced food.
Northern conditions (Nordic countries, North America)
Optimized lighting solutions enable longer growth season. The daylight hours increase since the plants get the extra light they need in the mornings and evenings, when the sun is low. The warming climate makes it possible to grow new cultivars in Finland when the growth season lengthens and average temperatures rise.
Southern conditions (Southern Europe and North Africa)
In the south, agriculture faces challenges such as droughts and subsequent erosion of arable land. CGP makes it possible to grow plants in areas previously unsuitable for farming. Integrated with solar power, CGP is energy self-sufficient and produces energy locally.
Biogas plants use soft green biomass, manure and other biodegradable organic waste as raw materials and return the nutrients back to the farms as fertiliser. When organic material is digested in an anaerobic environment, the microorganism breaks down biodegradable material to form biogas. Biogas engines produce electricity and heat content of the exhaust gas is used for district heating and cooling or biogas is processed into transport fuel. Hybrid-Power Finland combines different types of renewable energy into sensible combinations, where different production types and fuel sources support each other. Biogas plants produce energy at a steady output regardless of the time of day or season.
One of HPF’s energy solutions is to utilize the heat stored in the ground. Geothermal heat pumps are used to increase the temperature of a circuit so that the energy can be used at a selected location to heat buildings or domestic water.
The purpose of storing electric energy is to maximize the productivity of solar power and to ensure proper grid functionality. Storing solar energy decreases the need for high-emission power plants used during peak hours by supplying electricity to the grid at peak consumption times. This increases the profitability of solar electricity and reduces emissions from fossil fuel-based electricity generation.
An energy storage can also be used as a reserve for the (electricity transmission) national grid company Fingrid, which, together with the other Nordic electricity transmission companies, oversees the balance between consumption and production as well as the quality of the transmitted electricity and the safe operation of the grid.