Chapter 6

Hybrid Energy Systems

Renewable energy sources are poised for growth and expected to be second only to natural gas as the primary energy source in the near future, as described in Chapter 1, Introduction to Energy Systems. However, renewable energy systems (RESs) must overcome several techno-economic challenges for the realization of this anticipated evolution in the global energy system. Some of these challenges include intermittency and operational fluctuations, economics of scale-up and commercialization, materials availability and supply limitations, compatibility and integration into the existing infrastructure, and environmental and ecological concerns [1, 2]. The first of these challenges listed above—intermittency and operational ...

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