The energy crisis scenario faced by Chile and the world is an issue of deep concern for ISCI researchers. Therefore, the Institute has helped in the establishment of the Center of Energy of University of Chile’s Engineering Faculty which purpose is to develop new and competitive solutions for energy problems.

Within this framework, the Institute is experiencing with the “distributed generation” concept by creating a network of small generators that are intelligently interconnected, which also become suppliers of the general system. In this context, an operational version of a fully automated hydroelectric microplant was built.

Items as simple as a photovoltaic solar panel on the roof of a dwelling or a modest mill in a rural house, together and in large number, may turn into tomorrow’s energy if they are coordinated to connect to or disconnect from the main network as required.

Other energy sources are also been studied, like geothermal and biomass power: through computer simulations and prototypes, we aim at learning their benefits and practical capacities for industrial use.

Also, ISCI researchers are developing a monitoring platform for the electricity market, in the Greater North Interconnected System. Such platform collects data allowing to understand the behavior of suppliers and consumers, as well as to study complex phenomena like the system general failures.

Likewise, the ISCI participated in the Eolian initiative, the first Chilean solar car, which participated in the solar vehicle race in Australia, 2007. This experience is critical for new developments to be performed by the Center of Energy, since one of its research topics will be the design of electric cars.


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, University of 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, Pontifical Catholic University of 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, University of 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: Head Professor of the Electrical Engineering Department, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

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Rodrigo Palma

Grade: Ph.D. Engineering -Technische Universität Dortmund.
Areas: Energy.
Lines: Electrical Markets.

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

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Claudia Rahmann

Grado: Ph. D. en Ingeniería, Universidad Rheinisch-Westfaelische Technische Hochschule Aachen.
Áreas: Energí­a.
Líneas: Modelamiento de sistemas eléctricos de potencia, Estabilidad de sistemas de potencia, Generación distribuida, Integración de energías renovables en sistemas de potencia, Tecnologías de almacenamiento.

Jerarquía Académica: Profesor Asistente al Departamento de Ingeniería Eléctrica, Universidad 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. University of Chile.

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