NEW PLATFORM TO MEASURE FEASIBILITY OF WIND ENERGY
ACADEMICS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING SHOWED, AT A SEMINAR, THE POSSIBILITIES OF INSTALLING GENERATION SYSTEMS FOR THIS TYPE OF SOURCE.
Decembre 9, 2016
To know the annual winds average for a specific location in the Maule Region and to know if, in that specific point, some system of wind generation of energy can be installed, is now possible thanks to a study conducted by academics from the Department of Engineering, who created a platform open to the community to carry out these queries.
The application is part of the project called "Transfer of Alternatives for the Utilization of Wind Energy in the Maule Region", led by Professor Jorge Hinojosa, who announced the final results of this initiative, financed by the Regional Government through the Innovation Fund for Competitiveness (FIC-R).
"We detect favorable areas conducive to the generation of wind energy, such as the coastal areas of the Region where there are very good wind conditions to install some type of generator, in addition to the Precordillera and the cordillera. The problem is in the connection and access to the so-called electric highways, since in both sectors there are no substations or high-tension towers to take the energy and inject it into the system," said Hinojosa.
The information was presented, at the closure seminar around the project that took place at the Bicentennial Space, with the assistance of the Seremi of Energy, Vicente Marinkovic.
"It is a pioneering project, like several others that the university has developed for our Region. The law of transmission - that the Ministry of Energy carried forward - will allow this initiative to spread, as the main obstacle to renewable energies are the connections to the transmission lines," said Marinkovic.
The platform is available at the http://maule-eolico.utalca.cl/ web site, where, in addition to the tool, the information collected during the execution of the project is gathered, and which includes the description of various technologies used to generate this type of energy and the costs of systems, in addition to the current rules and regulations for the installation of these plants, as for example, concerning its environmental impact.
"This is one of the pioneering projects being carried out by the University, out of a total of 50 innovation and development initiatives that we are running this year. Specifically, the study aims at generating information to close information gaps about wind energy, which is a viable alternative in some places of the Region," said Patricia Klein, director of Technology Transfer of our Academic Institution.
One of the milestones of the project was the installation of a wind turbine located at the Botanical Garden. The generator has a hybrid photovoltaic/wind system designed to produce enough electricity to meet the energy needs of that very place.
"With this demonstration equipment we are collecting data to analyze the generation of energy in Talca, with this technology that is relatively new and requires less wind to operate, which is an advantage," said Professor Hinojosa
He added that the turbine can generate enough energy to power, for example, a couple of houses, as it can produce around 3KW.
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