The founding team of Norhybrid Renewables AS, affiliated with the Proventia incubation environment at Herøya, has spent a considerable amount of time maximising energy from solar and wind power in combination with energy storage. In a short period, they have become perhaps Norway's foremost and fastest-growing professional community.
Recently, Norhybrid launched its first mini hybrid plant at Lista in Rogaland with significant success among the invited guests.
Three small vertical wind turbines, plus solar panels, plus a battery, are all that is needed to be supplied with stable and affordable green energy, according to the founders.
"We are not the only ones combining solar panels and wind turbines with a battery, a so-called hybrid solution, but we are the first in the field of mini power plants in Norway and the Nordic region, and perhaps even worldwide," say the delighted Norhybrid founders.
Norhybrid's wind turbines have been tested in harsh wind conditions at Lista in Rogaland county since May, without interruption even when the storm Hans visited.
"For us, it is very satisfying to have tested the facility in extreme weather conditions. The results are remarkably good, and we see that wind turbines in clusters reinforce each other," says Roman Stoiber, technical director.
Locally produced and consumed energy
Norhybrid believes their contribution is important because the energy is produced and consumed directly and locally.
"If 4-5 businesses in a place with good wind conditions in Grenland have 5 turbines each, capacity in the power grid is freed up. Many small streams make a big river; it is, in a way, the approach to distributed energy production," they explain.
"A mini hybrid plant can also fit here in Grenland. There are good wind conditions, including at Frier Vest, places along E18, and the coast, but we do not solve the power needs of the industry with this technology, the founders point out.
Capacity and stable power price
The company is experiencing enormous interest from agriculture, both in solar and wind power. Light industry businesses and the private market are also on board.
"We want the entire spectrum of customers, those who need smaller installations, for example, in agriculture, or larger installations in the industry. Customers are concerned about various factors, including self-sufficiency in power, reduced peaks in tariffs, sustainability measures, and greater predictability. We show customers that by combining solar and wind, complementarity between these two energy sources is achieved, resulting in greater capacity utilisation and a more stable power price over time."
14. November 2023