Several member regions have specialized academic and technological centres working in this field, which are interacting to define future common actions.
Solar and wind energy represent a huge, under-exploited potential, with much room for improvement in terms of efficiency, reliability, costs and injection in the grid. Sunlight is the most abundant and permanent source of energy, but solar energy generation is lagging behind, primarily because of high costs. Wind energy is one of the fastest growing energy technologies. Europe continues to lead in this field, with 75 of the globally installed capacity. Finally, Latin America is an undisputed leader in the field of biofuels, for which there is a rising demand.
The overall aim of this work is to develop a fundamental understanding of the nonlinear aeroelastic dynamics of large-scale horizontal-axis wind turbines with high aspect-ratio blades and high flexibility.
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Development of a controller to inject energy continuously in the network from photovoltaic installations using efficient accumulation systems.
This project will build onto the data collected by the Pierre Auger Project (the current largest monitored isolated photovolatic systems network in the world, operating in Mendoza, Argentina), with the following main objectives in mind:
Improving injection efficiency in photovoltaic systems connected to the network.
Increase the system's reliability, both when connected to the network and isolated.
Optimize the system's durability.
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This project focuses on researching technology that takes advantage of solar energy. It is part of a larger initiative on solar energy developed jointly with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).
The tests of the first heliostat began on 22 September 2008.
Within the framework the conversations maintained by these regions' official delegations to the Forum di Torino, a mission to promote collaboration between the state of Santa Catarina (Brazil) and the Valparaiso Region (Chile) was organized in September 2008. A concrete agreement was defined to present a joint renewable energies project involving the regions of Valparaiso, Santa Catarina and Ferrara, with funding from the Forum.