At EDPR, innovation is our motivation to face the future. In 2017, the company, in collaboration with Vestas, installed solar panels connected to an operational wind turbine at the El Conilete wind farm in Andalusia, Spain. This installation will provide more knowledge about the advantages of combining the two technologies, an option whose advantages include using already existing infrastructure with almost no additional investment, with the exception of the solar panels. Vestas and EDPR have developed new software to track and monitor the performance of this combined generator.
The second phase of the project has begun and involves incorporating coupled batteries to create a combined generator with wind and solar energy as well as storage. For this project, EDPR will make use of the experience gained from the storage systems already installed at its solar and wind power plants in Romania.