WISE Public Lecture Series: How Can We Help Electricity Access Scale-Up Faster?

Monday, September 26, 2016 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Presented by Affordable Energy for Humanity

During his lecture, Dr. Claudio Vergara will present the work being carried out at MIT to support the expansion of access to electricity in the developing world.

In collaboration with Comillas University in Spain, researchers from MIT’s Tata Center for Technology and Design are partnering with Organizations such as the Enel Foundation, Iberdrola, the World Bank, and the German and Belgian International Cooperation Agencies to create impactful
solutions to energy access Issues.

Vergara will discuss the following activities and discuss how they relate to each other and their particular research-to-impact approaches:

• The Reference Electrification Model: large-scale high-detail rural electrification design & its application in India, Rwanda, Kenya, Peru, Uganda, and Colombia
• Remote sensing and inference
• Energy use monitoring and appliance utilization inference
• Power electronics and decentralized energy management for low-power dc microgrids
• Modeling of energy management strategies for microgrids
• Regulatory analysis for electrification processes
• Grid-compatible microgrids

About The Speaker

Dr. Claudio Vergara is a Chilean electrical engineer, currently a Postdoctoral Associate at the MIT Energy Initiative. He obtained his PhD in 2015 from Porto University, with extended stays at MIT and Comillas University, with a dissertation on models for electrochemical storage in power systems.

As a researcher at the Universidad de Chile, he was the lead developer of one of the first fully-featured isolated microgrids in 2010 in the Atacama Desert. Since 2012 his research has focused on the determination of the value of distributed energy resources for both modern power systems such as the large interconnected grids in Europe and North America, as well as the incipient ones emerging from the expansion of access to electricity. 

Vergara also teaches courses on simulation and decision-support models for electric power systems offered by MIT’s Institute for Data, Systems and Society.