PROJECTS ON CLEAN ENERGY SHOWED ADVANCES

THEY ARE INITIATIVES ON THE USES OF WASTE AND WIND ENERGY, RUN BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING, WITH FIC-R FUNDING.



September 30, 2016

Two initiatives from the Department of Engineering, seeking to boost alternative clean wind energy and waste recovery, showed their advances in the “Environmental Performance Assessment" seminar, organized by our Academic Institution in conjunction with the Ministerial Secretariat of Environment of the Maule Region.

The Vice President for Innovation and Technological Transfer, Gonzalo Herrera, stressed the contribution that these projects mean for the community, and he added that "they are the reflection of a strategic intension of the University to work and contribute in issues such as energy development and friendly with the environment energies, a very powerful line of development in our institution in which are carrying out a series of projects that benefit the region and the country".

"New Technological Alternatives for the Use of Wind Power in the Region" and "Installation of Pilot Plant for Waste Power Generation and Firewood Drying " are two of the presented initiatives. Both are funded by the Innovation Fund for the Competitiveness of the Regional Government (FIC-R).

"We are making an effort in generating ideas and solutions for the energy sector, which is one that transversely impacts the most our society. Each of these projects is consistent with the proposal and presents solutions that are aimed at different sectors, such as production or directly to people in their homes, so that they have a range of possibilities that impact, not only in this area, but also in reducing environmental pollution", said Dean Claudio Tenreiro.

Open Platform

One of the most important landmarks in the study on wind energy in the Maule region is the creation of a computing tool that will be available in the coming months free to the community, which will evaluate the feasibility of the use of wind power in the Region.

"The idea is to bring wind energy to people, by giving them specific information about new technologies that are being used in the world, and in addition, give access to data and studies we have done, with the option of defining the possibilities they have in the various locations to install these generation systems", explained the director of the initiative and engineering academic, Jorge Hinojosa.

In general terms, he explained that in the Maule Region, small and medium-scale projects can be developed in coastal sectors like Duao and Iloca and in some points of the precordillera, where the measurements indicate that there exist great potential.

Waste Use

The pilot plant project for the use of waste is in its final installation phase, allowing a space open to the community promoting the reuse of wastes, which are then used to generate heat and electricity.

The director of the project and engineering academic, Johann Guzman, explained that these technologies are available in the world, but the idea is that they begin to be used in our area, thus decreasing the amount of waste reaching landfills and dumps.

"The municipalities can have an more sustainable alternative to take advantage and value their waste. During the implementation period of the project, we have developed, in addition, a number of activities open to the community so they can get to know these technologies", he said.

The Secretary of the Ministry of the Environment, María Eliana Vega, who participated as a speaker at the seminar, highlighted the work of the Universidad de Talca in these areas. "It is very important what the academics are doing in the field of renewable energies; we hope to promptly implement more projects with the results of these studies”, she said.

Moreover, she explained the aspects incorporated in the Second International Assessment conducted by the OECD in our country about its environmental performance, in which it was stressed the management advances in that field in the last years.



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