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GE to introduce solar-wind hybrid to Brazil

GE wind turbine. Source: General Electric. All rights reserved.

Aug 31 (Renewables Now) - The local subsidiary of General Electric (NYSE:GE) announced on Wednesday that it plans to bring to Brazil a wind-solar hybrid system.

GE has signed a partnership agreement with local firm Casa dos Ventos to equip four wind turbines with its innovative technology, thus adding 1 MW of solar capacity.

Named WiSE (Wind integrated Solar Energy), the new equipment allows for the use of the same converter for both wind and solar power generation. It uses the same electric and transmission infrastructure for both technologies, which guarantees a greater dispatch of energy to the grid, increases the financial return and boosts the production of clean energy, GE's Onshore Wind Energy Specialist and WiSE's product leader Gabriel Pontes said.

Brazil is the first place in the world where GE is studying the installation of this hybrid system at a wind farm already in commercial operation. The company estimates that as early as 2018 WiSE will be up and running at local installations.

Since it is a recent innovation, the system still needs to be regulated in Brazil, GE noted.

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