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HIBRI2 First Workshop in Cuba

HIBRI2 First Workshop in Cuba

Between 25 and 28 February took place the first HIBRI2 workshop in Playa Girón, Cuba. It was attended by experts from CIEMAT, CUBAENERGÍA and the BORNAY company, as well as professionals and technicians from the Cuban electricity and electrification sector.

This is the first of the three workshops forming the training itinerary “Fundamentals of Electric Microgrids with Renewable Sources of Energy for Isolated Communities” that has been developed by the Training Unit and the Renewable Energy Division of CIEMAT in collaboration with CUBAENERGÍA and the Institute of Technology and Applied Sciences (InSTEC) of the University of Havana. Its objective is to build local capacities in the different agents involved, which is essential to ensure the sustainability of the system over time as well as the ability to replicate the experience to other communities.

The workshops are technical in nature and are expected to be held in Cuba. They will address issues related to the project, such as hybrid generation plants with renewable energy (photovoltaic, wind, biomass), gasification, design and operation of electric microgrids, sustainability of energy systems, efficiency and energy saving and Geographic Information Systems and rural electrification of isolated communities.

The target audience are professionals from the electricity and energy sector of the distribution and power generation companies, governmental institutions and Cuban public administrations, with special attention to the personnel of the National Electricity Union of Cuba (UNE).

The first workshop, held in Playa Girón, a location near the community of Guasasa, dealt with aspects such as the technological state of renewable sources, the hybridization of systems for rural electrification, and solar PV, wind and biomass energies, and was delivered by experts from the Wind Energy Unit and the Biomass Unit of CIEMAT, CUBAENERGÍA and the company BORNAY.

The program had a practical part to perform the design and simulation necessary to know the technical-economic feasibility of a hybrid project or a Microgrid. A free use program, called HOMER Legacy, Hybrid Optimization of Multiple Energy Resources, was used to design renewable energy projects, oriented to hybrid systems. The program facilitates the simulation of systems with multiple generation and storage technologies in a simple way.

Participants also visited the community of Guasasa, location where the electric microgrid will be installed, powered by a hybrid system capable of taking advantage of indigenous resources and satisfying the population's energy demand.

 

Participants in the first workshop on Playa Girón, Cuba

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