GEMA: Improving energy management in micro grids with storage via stochastic optimization and machine learning

The overall aim of this project is to improve and implement an optimal energy management system for generation systems based on photovoltaic panels and with storage units. These systems can be both on-grid (connected to the network) and off-grid (isolated systems, generally in remote locations), and connected to a small number of users, such as a home or a small business. Specifically, the management system…

Repair and recertification of silicon photovoltaic panels using additive manufacturing

This project consists of evaluating the health status of photovoltaic panels installed in Chilean territory and contributing to the management of waste from defective panels. This involves the identification of operating cells in waste panels, their disconnection and subsequent reconnection in repaired panels, for subsequent recertification, by printing organic inks with conductive properties based on metallic nanoparticles.

Opportunities and Challenges: In the Operation of Distribution Networks with High Penetration of Distributed Energy Resources

Distributed energy resources (DER), such as photovoltaic systems, electric vehicles and small-scale storage are becoming more affordable each year for the final consumer and, in particular, for the residential market. This democratization of electricity generation brings with it a disruptive change in demand, where the customer goes from being a consumer to a prosumer, that is, that consumes but also produces electricity. The benefits are…

Storage, current analysis of an upward trend

“In the November edition of the Magazine Nueva Minería y Energía, our researcher Luis Gutierrez-Lagos refers to the feasibility of incorporating energy storage into the National Electric System (SEN). “The incorporation of energy storage in the National Electric System (SEN) is not only feasible, but it also becomes technically necessary to sustain the growth of solar and wind generation at the rate that has been…

Decentralization: People at the center of the production chain

Daniel Olivares addresses the role of distributed generation and storage as part of the efficient technological mix of electricity supply for Chile. He also discusses the challenges and opportunities associated with the greater resilience that these resources could provide to the electricity supply of end customers.

Chile has enormous space to continue innovating in the energy matrix

In this article, published in El Mercurio, the CENTRA UAI researcher, Felipe Larraín, highlights that Chile has been increasing variable renewable generation capacity for several years with solar photovoltaic and wind power plants. However, he assures that the intrinsic variability of resources poses difficulties that encourage innovation. In the short term, battery-based energy storage systems offer an alternative to alleviate transmission congestion, delay investments, arbitrate…

Eduardo Bitran: Global action is an opportunity for Chile

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change delivered its sixth report in which it projects that the global warming limit of 2°C will be exceeded during the 21st century unless there are profound reductions in Greenhouse Gas emissions in the coming decades ( GHG). In this context, the package of binding measures recently approved by the European Commission generates an expectation of advancing globally with the…

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