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Educational and Technological Approaches to Renewable Energy

Edited By Walter Leal Filho and Julia Gottwald

This book documents and disseminates a number of educational and technological approaches to renewable energy, with a special emphasis on European and Latin American experiences, but also presenting experiences from other parts of the world. It was prepared as part of the project JELARE (Joint European-Latin American Universities Renewable Energy Project), undertaken as part of the ALFA III Programme of the European Commission involving countries in Latin America (e.g. Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala) as well as in Europe (Germany and Latvia). Thanks to its approach and structure, this book will prove useful to all those dedicated to the development of the renewable energy sector, especially those concerned with the problems posed by lack of expertise and lack of training in this field.

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A Methodological Proposal for Community Participation in the Development of Microgrid Projects

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N. Garrido, M. Álvarez, G. Jiménez-Estévez Abstract The Cóndor Sustainable Electrification Project (ESUSCON) was established with the goal of optimizing the use of local renewable energy resources, together with conventional systems, by coordinating the operation of those small electric- ity generators on a small scale and within a common geographical location. This work promotes technologies used to compete in terms of land use, and the re- newable natural resources within the framework of rural space use, which might give rise to various types of conflicts, problems, or claims on the part of the participating communities. To minimize or avoid these, the community involved drew up an important role during the implementation of the project, which made the integration of the community fundamental in the decision-making process during the construction, implementation and operation of the system. To facili- tate such openness, it is important to have previous knowledge of the form of organization and relationships, valuation of the immediate surroundings, needs, etc. In the case of the Huatacondo locality, a method of participation was imple- mented in that an agreement with the characteristics of the community permitted generating greater empowerment and, at the same time, sustainability of the project. This was obtained by taking into consideration the facts that the partici- pating communities are well-known, their territory is appreciated and they should coexist with projects of this type. I. Introduction During the past few years, interest in social acceptance of energy projects has in- creased. From a macro...

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