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Why regional leader Chile’s electric bus embrace will likely tighten

Luis Gutiérrez is director of the Civil Engineering in Energy career and academic of the Faculty of Engineering and Sciences of the Adolfo Ibáñez University, associate researcher for the Center for Energy Transition (CEnTra-UAI) and for the Solar Energy Research Center (SERC-Chile). Luis holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering, Power Systems, from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom.   In 2023 Chile will have around…

Power lines: The main challenges in terms of monitoring and inspection in Chile

Although they have different specific objectives, power line monitoring and inspection aim to improve the availability of these vital elements of our electrical infrastructure. In general, monitoring is related to the real-time operation of the system while line inspection is a maintenance task (preventive or corrective).   Power lines are a fundamental part of transporting energy to points of consumption. For this reason, optimal availability…

CENTRA UAI researchers develop techniques for the intelligent management of solar energy

The project is funded by the National Research and Development Agency (ANID) and also had the participation of the companies Metric Arts EY and MiroSolar.   A study led by a research team from the UAI Center for Energy Transition, within the framework of the Fondef IDeA project “GEMA (Energy Management in Microgrids with Storage) managed to develop techniques to intelligently manage solar energy. The…

Director of CENTRA exposes research results in Canadian universities

Daniel Olivares, director of CENTRA, presented at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at The University of British Columbia (UBC) the results of a study commissioned by the Chilean Ministry of Energy to analyze the role of distributed energy resources in long-term energy planning in Chile. See the video and presentation of the Seminar in the following link In addition, Daniel presented at…

Energy efficiency in low voltage electric motors

Posted by Revista ElectroIndustria. A few years ago, electric motors represented over 60% of the country’s energy consumption in Chile, a fact that explains the industry’s interest in having more efficient equipment. To understand more about energy efficiency in low-voltage electric motors, we spoke with Luis Gutiérrez, Doctor of Electrical Engineering, Power Systems (University of Manchester, United Kingdom), Director of the Civil Engineering in Energy…

UAI Center for Energy Transition will evaluate the use of green hydrogen to decarbonize and decontaminate Araucanía

The study aims to identify technological alternatives compatible with the socio-cultural identity of some communities, in addition to the costs of an eventual change and the application of appropriate policies, it will last 3 years and will use mathematical optimization models applied to the national territory and to the cities of Temuco and Padre Las Casas, in the Araucanía Region. A project financed by the…

The challenges for the electrical system in the face of the water crisis

Although for now there is no risk of rationing, if necessary, a decree would allow the application of a series of exceptional measures to reduce electricity consumption. Although the electricity supply is still guaranteed, the drought is a reality that must be overcome. For this reason, there is a preventive rationing decree that establishes measures against energy shortages, considering that the contribution of hydroelectric plants…

CENTRA debuts with an Industrial Research Chair through a project with the Chilean Solar Energy Association (ACESOL)

The Center for Energy Transition (CENTRA) of the Adolfo Ibáñez University (UAI) has just created the Industrial Research Chairs, which debuts with an applied research project with the Chilean Solar Energy Association (ACESOL). The initiative aims to generate new knowledge and tools for the efficient integration of energy resources (sources, storage systems and charging stations, for example) distributed in Chile, to promote regulatory or normative…

UC Berkeley expert speaks at the launch of the UAI Center for Energy Transition

On Wednesday, April 6, the launching ceremony of the UAI Center for Energy Transition (CENTRA) was held, an interdisciplinary body – born from the Faculty of Engineering and Sciences UAI (FIC) – whose purpose is to allow society to advance in the transition towards economical, environmentally friendly, socially acceptable and secure energy supply and use systems. At the event, Daniel Kammen, professor at the University…

Electrical microgrids: from the citizen generation to the community generation

Microgrids are groupings of distributed energy generation and storage equipment, such as photovoltaic solar roofs, small solar and wind producers, and batteries, which supply locally and in a coordinated manner to a set of electricity users. They exist in various sizes and configurations, but in all cases they respond to the need to efficiently and safely operate local energy resources, either in isolation or in…

Researcher of CENTRA UAI develops stretchable light detector with applications in biomedicine, robotics and agriculture

The CENTRA UAI academic, Felipe Larraín, participated in a revolutionary research, who, together with North American researchers, created the first stretchable photodetector, with mechanical properties similar to those of human skin, capable of capturing light and being applied in biomedicine, robotics, security and agriculture, among other areas. The study – highlighted by the prestigious North American journal Science Advances – was developed over three years…

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…

Renewable energy certification seeks to accelerate the transition to carbon-free energy

Our researcher and director of the Master and Diploma in Technologies and Management of Non-Conventional Renewable Energies UAI, Shahriyar Nasirov spoke in El Mercurio about the certification of renewable energies and how this system puts the consumer at the center of the energy transition. Nasirov says that although the renewable energy certification markets have grown rapidly in recent years, there are several major challenges for…

Friendly urbanism, smart cities

More than 30 countries celebrated the World Urban Planning Day on November 8, convening a set of disciplines that seek to improve the design and management of cities, incorporating the advantages of AI and the sustainable perspective of development, in an overpopulated planet that subsists in critical climatic conditions. Beyond public housing policies, the development of public works and equitable access to services; Today we…

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