The event, which will take place until Thursday, May 10th, will bring together more than 100 scientists who will present the latest advances in energy. At the same time, the Expo Maule Energía fair we be held with a sample of innovative equipment and prototypes.
With the presence of government authorities, scientists, energy companies and students, on Tuesday, the Talca Campus inaugurated the Maule Sustainable Energy 2018 Congress. The event is organized by the Engineering Faculty through the Laboratory of Energy Conversion and Power Electronics (LCEEP).
The rector Álvaro Rojas gave the inaugural speech of the Congress whom highlighted that the Institution is consolidating a large energy center in a consortium with eight national and international universities. This is an initiative that seeks to innovate and optimize resources. Furthermore, the rector highlighted the importance of sustainable energy for the development of the country and said that one of the focuses of the University is the research, investment and the realization of energy and technology projects.
Parallel to the Congress, the Expo Maule Energia fair was inaugurated, bringing together 12 stands with the latest advances and prototypes developed by undergraduate and graduate students at the University and companies such as Aguas Nuevo Sur, Enerco and SGI, among others. This is an instance to discover innovations in energy development and anticipate sustainable trends regarding energy in the Maule Region.
Marco Rivera, organizer of the Congress and director of the Laboratory of Energy Conversion and Power Electronics explained that “this year was a different bet since it was held in Talca after hosting in Curicó during the last five years, but as it was seen in the lectures and in the fair, a great impact was generated by the great amount of presented projects and by the wide participation of the companies that work in the area “.
The mayor of Talca, Juan Carlos Diaz, stressed out vital importance of the participation of the academy in the development of energy. “The work of the UTALCA is very relevant because it speaks of the social responsibility it has with the community. The academy fulfills a research role that has to be linked to everyday life, and the fact that this seminar conveyed the partake of private companies and the industry exemplifies this collaboration, so the invitation is that we must seek to work together for a better city. “
On the other hand Anita Prizant, Seremi of Energy of the Maule Region, emphasized that “the challenge for the region is not to advance in renewable energies per se, because the Maule Region has a 92 percent of hydrogeneration, therefore this concept is already inserted. What we have to do is diversify the energy matrix because we have the opportunity to generate solar energy, wind energy and geothermal energy in the foothills. That is the great challenge. ”
The Maule Sustainable Energy Congress will take place until Thursday, May 10th and will bring together more than 100 national scientists from England and Canada, who will discuss topics such as energy efficiency, management systems, energy transport, environmental assessment of energy projects and energy storage systems.
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