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International Networking Seminar
Bolivian Catholic University,
25th November 2010

The international networking seminar “International perspectives on electrification with renewable energies” took place in the Bolivian Catholic University on 25th of November, 2010. Nearly 100 persons from governmental institutions, national NGOs and international cooperation, companies from the RE sector as well as different universities participated in the event.

The general objective of the International Networking Seminar in the frame of the JELARE Project was to contribute to the construction and exchange of knowledge in the field of Renewable Energies, specifically photovoltaic energy. The specific objectives of the Seminar were to offer a platform for the presentation and discussion of expert knowledge of the representatives of Bolivia, Brazil and Germany as well as to diffuse the topic of electricity generation with Renewable Energies to the interested public.

The seminar counted with presentation of RE experts from Bolivia, Brazil and Germany, in the areas of grid-connected as well as decentralised rural electrification with renewable energies. During the morning session, the energy mix as well as the perspectives of renewable energies for electricity generation in Bolivia, Brazil and Germany were presented and discussed by the participants. Miguel Fernández, one of the most renowned national RE experts gave an overview over the technologies available in the country for electrification with renewable energies. Raúl Villarroel, the director of the renewable energy unit of the Viceministry of Electricity and Alternative Energies presented the advances of the Bolivian government in rural electrification with RE within the programme “Electricity for a Life in Dignity”. Franziska Buch, project manager of JELARE in Bolivia, presented background and objectives of the project as well as the activities of JELARE in Bolivia, such as capacity building and networking events as well as the Pilot Modules.

In the afternoon, more specialised lectures in the field of photovoltaic energy were presented to the audience. Firstly, Professor Timon Kampschulte from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences explained the use of PV in Germany. He presented the different applications of stand alone systems as well as grid-connected systems from roof top systems until PV power plants. In his conclusions, he identified the main challenges for the European PV market: further cost reduction, to enforce the integration into building and existing infrastructure and to compensate the volatility of the energy supply by intelligent networks and storage. Reinhard Falk, director of the RE company Ecoenergía Falk, presented the experiences of his company/NGO with photovoltaic systems in rural areas of Bolivia. He gave an overview of the most important problems and their possible solutions. Ronald Cavero, the director of Phocos Latinamerica, the local branch of the German RE company Phocos, presented a technological innovation of the company, the Pico PV system, which consists of three specially designed lamps of easy maintenance, a cell phone charger and a radio connection. With this integrated system, the basic needs of a rural household can be served, but for a lower cost than the traditional 50 Wp Solar Home Systems. Cavero emphasised that this innovation makes energy more accessible to Bolivian rural households who mostly suffer from severe economic constraints. Finally, Professor Rodrigo Althoff from the University of the South of Santa Catarina, Brazil, presented the project his university will realise in the frame of Pilot Module 2 of the JELARE project, the construction of a prototype of an automated PV system with an integrated tracking mechanism.

Some more conclusions of the seminar can be read in the article of “Energy Press” (in Spanish):

http://www.energypress.com.bo/bolivia2.php

>> Seminar poster (PDF)



Int. Networking Seminar, Bolivian Catholic University, 25 November 2010 © Bolivian Catholic University

Prof. Timon Kampschulte during his presentation "The use of PV in Germany - from stand-alone systems to grid-connected power plants".

Int. Networking Seminar, Bolivian Catholic University, 25 November 2010 © Bolivian Catholic University

Prof. Baltazar D'Andrade Guerra during his presentation "The current energy mix and future perspectives of RE in Brazil".

Int. Networking Seminar, Bolivian Catholic University, 25 November 2010 © Bolivian Catholic University

Prof. Javier Aliaga Lordemann answering a question from the audience regarding his presentation "The current energy mix and future perspectives of RE in Bolivia".

Int. Networking Seminar, Bolivian Catholic University, 25 November 2010 © Bolivian Catholic University

The representative of the Viceministry of Electricity and Alternative Energies during his presentation "The Programme 'Electricity for a Life in Dignity' and the role of RE in the Bolivian energy mix".

Int. Networking Seminar, Bolivian Catholic University, 25 November 2010 © Bolivian Catholic University

Prof. Rodrigo Althoff during his presentation "Pilot Module 2 at Unisul - The prototype of an automated PV system".

Int. Networking Seminar, Bolivian Catholic University, 25 November 2010 © Bolivian Catholic University

Franziska Buch, JELARE project manager in Bolivia, during her presentation of JELARE activities in Bolivia.