TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES IN RENEWABLE ENERGY PRESENTED AT ENER17

FIFTH VERSION OF THE SYMPOSIUM AND ENERGY FAIR BROUGHT TOGETHER LEADING INTERNATIONAL SPECIALISTS WHO CONTRIBUTED NEW KNOWLEDGE.



May 12, 2017

The Curico Campus was the scene of a new version of the Energy17 Symposium on Renewable Energy, an event that consolidates itself as one of the most important in the Country in this area. During the meeting, which brought together world experts, mainly related to power electronics, new technologies that help stabilizing the transformation and distribution of renewable energy into electricity, one of the main problems faced in the use of these systems, were presented.
 
 
Ener17 focused the interest of public authorities related to the improvement of the country's energy sector, businessmen and professionals who, together with academics, discussed the latest international trends in renewable energy, seeking to promote these new projects in the Country.
 
 
The meeting was organized by the Laboratory of Conversion of Energy and Power Electronics (LCEEP) and the Department of Engineering of the University of Talca with the objective of bringing together the regional and national community to learn about the new trends and lines of research that are being created in the world to innovate in efficient and sustainable solutions to energy. The presentations covered topics such as power converters and devices for the processing, control and transformation of electric energy, manufactured by academics and students.
 
 
Gonzalo Herrera, Vice President for Innovation and Technology Transfer at the University of Talca, who opened the event, said that "the importance of generating each day more quantity and quality of knowledge in research on renewable energies is essential. The challenge in this area is the internationalization of our diversity, both in the field of teaching, through exchange of students and professors, but especially in the area of innovation-oriented research."
 
 
“Collaborative work will always be needed to contribute to a greater effort, working with various academic institutions and companies from different places, who are the ones who pose the major challenges," he added.
 
 Energy Demand
 
 
at the same time, Marco Rivera, from LCEEP and organizer of the symposium, explained the importance of power converters: "The government has been encouraging the penetration of renewable energy systems in the energy matrix due to the growing demand for energy by the industry and the community. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that the UTALCA take a key role in this area, as without the power converters renewable energies are of no use, because with these equipments the connection interface between the system and the user are done."
 
 
Likewise, the Dean of the Department of Engineering, Claudio Tenreiro, stressed that one of the aspects that contributes to the high quality that has reached the international meeting is the consolidation, in the Department, of a group of academics in the area of power electronics that are working at an international level. "They are joined by researchers from various engineering specialties, who are implementing initiatives related to renewable energy and the environment, which has made it possible to enhance these issues, contributing not only to science, but also to problems of the community and the companies," said Dean Tenreiro.
 
 Energy Fair
 
 
The meeting also included the Energy Fair, where public and private entities, as well as units from our University, showed the latest technologies and trends in renewable energies. In addition, the symposium participants were able to visit the laboratories associated to this area located in the Department of Engineering.
 
 
The director of the of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Unit from the Technological Institute of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Miguel Aguirre, who spoke at ENER17, commented that "the attention shown by students in this symposium has been significant, since the concepts  discussed among the researchers not only will lie between academics, but are pouring out to students for a greater knowledge".



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