China's first hybrid power plant using solar and tidal power was officially put into service in the city of Wenling, eastern Zhejiang province. The project demonstrated that China has discovered a new way to make complementary use of two green energy sources for electricity generation. With an installed capacity of 100 megawatts, the plant provides greater stability for renewable energy use.
In the operation of the hybrid power plant, when solar power is intermittent or unavailable after sunset, tidal waves can replace it by providing power throughout the night.
“The project created a new model for the comprehensive use of new energy by coordinating tidal and photovoltaic power generation using both sunlight and water,” Feng Shuchen, Vice President of China Energy Group, told China Media Group (CMG). “This model has also effectively spurred innovation and development that will accelerate the rise in energy structural reform and industrial.”
In the power plant, which covers an area of 133 hectares, 185 thousand photovoltaic modules were installed. The annual production of the power plant is expected to be over 100 million kilowatt-hours and it is expected to meet the annual electricity demand of approximately 30 thousand families living in cities. Compared to a thermal power plant of the same size, the hybrid power plant will save approximately 28 tons of standard coal and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 716 tons per year.