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.)