A mini independent power system combining biogas, wind and photovoltaics is currently being managed by German turbine manufacturer Enercon. "We have here a controllable energy system because the gas can be stored and used for power generation when needed," explains Enercon's owner Aloys Wobben. "It's a compact stand-alone system suitable for export projects." He adds that utilities in Germany may also be interested "once they see it working." The system comprises an Enercon E66 1.8 MW wind turbine working in parallel with a biogas heat and electricity generation unit and a photovoltaic plant. It supplies power to a livestock farming operation, Herrmannsdorfer Landwerkstätten, at Kronsdorf near Hannover. Enercon is using the project to gain energy management expertise in combined renewable energy systems.
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