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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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Obstacles for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Chile – A Case Study from Hospitals


L. Muñoz del Campo1 Abstract Over the last several years, Chile has been promoting the implementation of renewable energies and energy efficiency through a variety of initiatives, includ- ing a new electricity law. Despite the effort the country is making in promoting norms, regulations and incentives, the results of energy efficiency and renewable energy implementation are still well below forecasts and necessary to increase the strength of the Chilean energy supply. However, all the country’s efforts are geared towards one direction, notably to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and increase renewable energy partici- pation in the electricity matrix. Nevertheless, the results of implementing new ERNC generation still do not change the tendency or statistics of the country. Through a practical approach to case studies from 2008 onward, I have realized that there were obstacles to implementing these types of programmes, which were generally a result of Chilean speech, practical decisions and a lack of a strategic vision in this matter. I. Introduction This document provides an example of the obstacles in implementing energy efficiency and renewable energies in Chile. If we think about energy, we could point out that humankind has needed the energy associated with normal development since its existence – men need en- ergy to live, perform activities, promote development, manage the environment and subsist. At first, this applied in general terms. Humankind has limited sources of energy available, including muscles and some animals. One person 1 214 L. Muñoz del Campo can produce...

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