Power On’s Solar Power Hybrid Solutions are high reliability, low maintenance, and incorporate multiple sources of power generation deployed in a cycle-charge mode of operation. In most cases, the Solar Power Hybrid System incorporates two or more of the following power generation sources to produce energy:
- Solar Energy from a photovoltaic (PV) array
- On-demand energy from a fossil fuel generator
A fossil fuel power generator is normally one of the sources employed in our Solar Power Hybrid products. The generator provides on demand power to supplement variable renewable sources such as solar or wind. Power On, Inc. incorporates the most appropriate generator for the particular application, choosing from among:
- Diesel, Propane or Natural Gas Genset
- Fuel Cell
The advantage of any Power Hybrid System is its ability to optimize multiple sources of power. The combination of renewable and on demand power can be a compelling way to increase efficiency, reduce environmental impact, and maintain high degrees of reliability. Hybrid power systems allow system owners to take advantage of renewable energy sources where the load is too large or renewable resources are too variable to operate traditional stand-alone renewable configurations. Solar and wind are the two most often renewable resources that are deployed in a Power Hybrid Systems. Solar is the most common whereas wind resources can be difficult to capture on a small scale.
Due to their variability, all Power Hybrid systems, regardless of power generation source, are equipped with a battery bank. Power On normally utilizes Valve Regulated Lead Acid (VLRA) batteries. These completely sealed “maintenance-free” batteries represent the state of the art technology for remote power applications. They are specially designed for deep discharge applications that are often needed for remote systems. Alternative battery chemistries such as lithium-ion and flow can be used if appropriate for the application.