Key Messages

  • Modeling was performed for solar thermal-biomass hybridization for power generation.

  • Increment in capacity reduces the solar collector area per MW to 5,000 m2 (20 MW).

  • Annual biomass requirement per MW reduced to 1600 tonnes at 20 MW scale.

  • Hybrid mode of operation increases the plant capacity utilization from 23% to 47%.

  • Cost of electricity by the hybrid plant is INR 6/kWh for plant capacities >5 MW.


(*S. Dasappa is the third author of this article.)

Modeling and analysis of solar thermal and biomass hybrid power plants