Hybrid Power Plants: The Future of Reliable Power Generation

The smarter E Podcast Episode 117 | December 08, 2022 | Language: German

As is well known, one of the major challenges of the energy transition is to balance out the fluctuations, i.e. the volatility, of renewables in order to ensure a steady and secure energy supply. Hybrid power plants - that is, PV power plants paired with large-scale storage, wind turbines, or both - are becoming increasingly important here. These are currently gaining ground due to numerous advantages and are included in the EEG tender volume via the so-called innovation tenders, which promote innovative renewable projects. Prices and availability of storage, exchange electricity prices, limited fossil generation capacities and "delayed" grid expansion in Germany are some of the factors currently influencing the starting position for hybrid power plants. What are the current challenges, what are the opportunities offered by the combination of solar and wind, and to what extent can hybrid power plants help with the lagging grid expansion? We talk about this in the current episode with Dr. Julia Badeda, member of the management board at ABO Wind.


  • 2.26: What exactly is meant by a hybrid power plant?
  • 8.45: What are the advantages of hybrid power plants?
  • 13:50: What challenges do hybrid power plant projects face and what framework conditions must be created in order to increase expansion?
  • 18:38: Is there currently a trend emerging in the wind industry to retrofit existing wind farms with PV and storage?
  • 20:36: Blackout issue: to what extent can hybrid power plants help relieve the situation in the medium term?

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The smarter E podcast is all about the current trends and developments in a renewable, decentralized and digital energy industry. Our moderators Tobias Bücklein and Zackes Brustik welcome and interview personalities who shape our industry and drive developments forward. A new episode is published every Thursday.

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About Dr.-Ing. Julia Badeda & ABO Wind

Dr.-Ing. Julia Badeda initially conducted research on battery storage and grid integration of renewable energies and their modeling. She built up the Hybrid Energy Systems and Battery Storage department at ABO Wind from 2019. She has been a member of the management team since 2022.

ABO Wind plans and builds wind and solar farms, battery and hydrogen projects worldwide. For 25 years, ABO Wind's in-house specialist departments have offered everything from a single source: from site assessment, planning, approval and financing to construction, grid connection, operational management and service. Securing a future worth living for future generations is what drives ABO Wind as its overriding goal. Renewables are their DNA.

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