Message from the Director
The shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy is the single-most important step that humanity can take to mitigate global climate change. In this context, power electronics stand out as the technology that will enable this shift, changing both how electrical energy is produced and how it is used.
- Contribute to the development of advanced research in the field of power electronics and control to advance the transformation of electrical energy sources in Chile and the world.
- Contribute to technological development in the field of electromobility and renewable energies by keeping abreast of the advances in both industry and academia.
- Foment positive public opinion and recognition of the UNAB and establish connections with prominent national and international centers in the field of electrical and electronic engineering.
To be a center of excellence, recognized nationally and internationally for the quality of its work and its role in developing high-impact research, thus positioning the UNAB as a significant contributor to the scientific and technological development of the country.
The Center was established on July 18, 2019 by a decree issued by the Board of Directors of the Universidad Andrés Bello.
Along with being a Researcher at the Energy Transformation Center, Dr. Flores-Bahamonde is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Science at the Universidad Andrés Bello. His main interests include the design and control of power converters for renewable energies, automotive power systems, and DC microgrids. Dr. Flores-Bahamonde is also an Adjunct Researcher on the FONDAP project “Solar Energy Research Center (SERC) Chile” and the CORFO project “AtaMos-TEC: Programa de investigación y desarrollo de tecnologías fotovoltaicas de alta radiación y clima desértico,” a R&D project focused on high-radiation photovoltaic technologies for use in desert climates.
Freddy Flores received his M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in Electronic Engineering from Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV), Tarragona, Spain, in 2009 and 2013, respectively. In 2015, he joined the Advanced Center for Electrical and Electronic Engineering (AC3E) of the Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria (UTFSM), Valparaiso, Chile, as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2017, he became the Key Area Manager of the AC3E’s energy area in the technology transfer unit, developing and managing industrial projects related to energy and power electronics systems.
Luca Tarisciotti received his master’s degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Rome Tor Vergata in 2009 and his Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the PEMC group at the University of Nottingham, UK, in 2015. In the same year, he became a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham, UK, where he worked until 2018. He is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the Universidad Andres Bello, Santiago, Chile. His research interests include matrix converters, DC/DC converters, multilevel converters, advanced modulation schemes, and control of advanced power electronic converters.
Catalina González-Castaño received the degree in electronic engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Manizales, and the M.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Colombia in 2008 and 2013, respectively. And the Ph.D. (with honors) degree in electronic engineering, in the field of power converters for electric vehicles from the Universidad Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain, in 2019. She undertook his doctoral internship at the Advanced Center of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (AC3E) Valparaiso-Chile. Currently, she has a postdoctoral position in the Electrical Energy Transformation Center and the Department of Engineering Science at the Universidad Andrés Bello. She main research interests are electric power quality, vehicular power systems, and design and digital control of power converters.
Diana López Caiza received her Engineer degree in Electronic from Escuela Politécnica Nacional (EPN), Quito, Ecuador, in 2013.
At the beginning of this year, she presented the PhD exam in Electronic Engineering from Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (UTFSM), Valparaíso, Chile. Her doctoral thesis, entitled “High voltage ratio step-up converters for photovoltaic microinverters” presents a comprehensive study of three non-linear control strategies for single-stage step-up dc-ac topologies for PV microinverter configuration.
Now, she is beginning a Postdoctoral in the Energy Transformation Center from Universidad Andres Bello, Chile. Her main research interests include dc-dc and dc-ac converter topologies, and control of power electronics converters applied to renewable energy technologies.
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