A hybrid technology is one that integrates a renewable energy generation technology with other energy generation systems.
Hybrid technologies can reduce the risk for investors and ensure immediate reliability and affordability. They can also support a smoother transition to more renewable energy generation in the future.
For example, our King Island Renewable Integration project is a world-leading power system that will supply over 65% of King Island’s energy needs using renewable energy, reducing the island’s carbon dioxide emissions by more than 95%.
What are hybrid technologies?
An example of a hybrid technology would be a power plant which combines and manages electricity generation from at least two technologies. For example, a plant that integrates solar energy technology with energy from gas, or another renewable source, to provide a combined energy flow that drives the plant’s power generation.
What are enabling (or related) technologies?
Enabling and related technologies are those which use, or more easily allow, one renewable energy source to be used with another.
These technologies are especially prevalent in the fields of energy storage, grid management and connection, information and communication, mapping and resource identification, forecasting and modelling.
Take a look at our hybrid and enabling technology projects.
The kind of hybrid and enabling technology projects we fund
Renewable-fossil hybrid generation
High-merit activities that demonstrate benefits beyond ARENA’s current hybrid projects.
Activities that involve storage applications behind-the-meter and in a range of off-grid and fringe-of-grid applications, as well as limited on-grid utility-scale applications to address barriers to entry.
Also, research and development activities for storage technologies with a focus on quality and applicability testing for Australian conditions. Research and Development Program only.