The ISCI energy group has an ongoing involvement in the development of renewable energies in Chile and the electric power sector generally. Group members have made a number of contributions both to theory and practice. Noteworthy at the theoretical level are a methodology for solving the network-constrained economic dispatch optimization problem, a stochastic perturbation model to manage uncertainty in power system stability, and an algorithm for the optimal assignment of wind turbines that incorporates transmission security constraint.

There is an enormous challenge ahead of researchers working to incorporate the necessary intelligence and flexibility in future electricity markets that will permit the deployment of new technologies. Key elements of this task are open access and competitiveness, and both aspects are a central focus of the theoretical and practical studies being carried out by the team at ISCI.

As for applications, the group regularly undertakes projects for government agencies as well as private concerns. Group members have proposed innovative approaches to public policies, private company expansion plans, new applications for smart electrical grids in remote areas and the solution of operational problems facing grid operators. Future lines of research will include strategic studies of energy sector development, analyses aimed at orienting energy policy decisions and investments, solar power development, demand management and the design of new markets.


Energy Researchers

Ronald Fischer

Grade: Ph.D. in Economics, University of Pennsylvania.
Areas: Energy, Production Management, Management in the Public Sector, Industrial Organization.
Lines: Trade and Industrial Organization and Policy, Political economy of protection, Regulation and Auctions, Law and economics (recent).

Academic Hierarchy: Head Professor of the Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Universidad de Chile.

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Juan Pablo Montero

Grade: Ph.D. in Industrial Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Areas: Energy, Management in the Public Sector, Environment, Industrial Organization.
Lines: Applied microeconomics, Industrial organization, regulatory economics and environmental economics.

Academic Hierarchy: Head Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

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Luis Vargas

Grade: Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of Waterloo.
Areas: Energy, Industrial Organization.
Lines: Modeling and simulation of founts of renewable energy; Long and short time tendencies of energy systems; Analysis of the operation and planification of the expansion of competitive electrical markets.

Academic Hierarchy: Associate Professor of the Electrical Engineering Department, Universidad de Chile.

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Vladimir Marianov

Grade: Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University.
Areas: Methodological Tools, Energy, Land Use and Location.
Lines: Facility Location and resource allocation – theory and applications, Design and optimization of networks (telecommunications, transportation, energy transport and distribution).

Academic Hierarchy: Professor of the Electrical Engineering Department, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

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Claudia Rahmann

Grade: Ph D Engineering, Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Germany
Areas: Energy
Lines: Modeling of electrical power systems, Power systems dynamics and stability, Distributed generation, Integration of renewables energies into power networks, Storage technologies.

Academic Hierarchy: Assistant Professor of the Electrical Engineering Department, Universidad de Chile.

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Doris Sáez

Grade: Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Areas: Energy, Environment, Transport.
Lines: Fuzzy Modeling and Control, Hybrid Predictive Control, Intelligent Control for Dynamic Transit Systems, Non-linear Predictive Control for Renewable Power Plants.

Academic Hierarchy: Associate Professor, Electric Engineering Department, Universidad de Chile.

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Daniel Olivares

Grade: Ph.D. Electric Engineering, Universidad de Waterloo.
Areas: Optimization applied to renewable energy power systems, operation of electrical systems and smart grids.
Lines: Energy management in micro electrical networks, demand response and power system operation models under uncertainty.

Academic Hierarchy: Assistant Professor,  Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

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Matías Negrete

Grade: Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Areas: Energy, Industrial Organization.

Lines: Power and Energy Systems, Electricity Market Design, Markov Decision Process, Complex Systems and Economics.

Academic Hierarchy: assistant professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.

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Rodrigo Moreno

Grade: Engineer, MSc, PhD.
ISCI Research Group (s): Energy.
Research lines: Smart and low-carbon electricity systems.
Academic Hierarchy: Assistant Professor. Department of Electrical Engineering, Universidad de Chile.

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