Carlos Alberto Toledo Arias
Department: Applied Physics and Naval Technology
Research group: Advanced Materials for the Production and Storage of Energy
PhD from the Polytechnic University of Cartagena with the thesis Thermal and electrical characterization of thin film photovoltaic technologies for building integration 2019 . Directed by Dr. Antonio Urbina Yeregui, Dr/a. Jose Antonio Abad Lopez
He was born in Pitalito (Huila, Colombia) in 1987. In 2011 he obtained the title of Technical Architect and in 2013 the degree of Building Engineer, both from the Polytechnic University of Cartagena, obtaining honors in his final project. Next, he studied a master’s degree in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency at the Polytechnic University of Cartagena, obtaining the degree in 2013.
Between 2015 and 2019 he developed his doctoral thesis project with funding granted by the Seneca Foundation through a scholarship-contract within its Research Talent program in the Department of Electronics, Computer Technology and Projects of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena under the direction of Dr. Antonio Urbina Yeregui and Dr. Jose Abad López, obtaining a doctorate in 2019 from the same university.
While developing the doctoral thesis, he carried out research stays at the Energy Research Center of the Netherlands (Solliance-ECN) under the supervision of Dr. Sjoerd Veenstra in 2017, and at the Joint Research Center of the European Commission (Ispra, Italy) under the supervision of Dr. Giorgio Bardizza in 2018.
In 2020 he obtained a grant from the Seneca Foundation to carry out a postdoctoral stay investigating the design of photovoltaic systems for their application in greenhouses at the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) with Dr. Alessandra Scognamiglio.
He has communications in national and international congresses, as well as scientific publications in national and international magazines. He is fluent in the English language.
The project addresses a current and global problem such as the mitigation of climate change. Aware that the provision of energy and agricultural services will continue to increase in future years, work is being done on an alternative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a context of sustainable development that is compatible and complementary to the agri-food sector.
Thus, it is intended to strengthen the integration of renewable energies by analyzing different application modalities. Specifically, integrating photovoltaic systems in greenhouses and agri-food land, which allows the relationship between space and energy to be unlinked; in addition to helping to reduce the peak demand of the electrical system, the costs of its infrastructures and distribution losses.
Currently, crystalline silicon-based PV technology still largely dominates the PV market. However, for some final applications, it presents important barriers: the characteristics of its modules such as its opacity, rigidity, high weight and standard rectangular measurements that cannot be modified on demand, make it difficult to use in integrated applications.
On the other hand, emerging photovoltaic technologies have great potential to be implemented in greenhouses. These technologies can be endowed with semi-transparency and create adaptable devices that let through the spectrum that a plant needs to carry out photosynthesis.
Even so, there are few studies currently available in the literature that can support the theoretical models that make agri-food production compatible with energy production through photovoltaic technology.
Therefore, it is intended to evaluate the technical potential of the use of different photovoltaic designs and technologies that allow transmitting light for good crop yields, and at the same time generating electricity from the remaining spectrum.
- Accurate thermal prediction model for building-integrated photovoltaics systems using guided artificial intelligence algorithms
Applied Energy, Vol. 315
- Enovoltaics: Symbiotic integration of photovoltaics in vineyards
Frontiers in Energy Research, Vol. 10
- Agrivoltaic systems design and assessment: A critical review, and a descriptive model towards a sustainable landscape vision (three-dimensional agrivoltaic patterns)
Sustainability (Switzerland), Vol. 13, No. 12
- Environmental and economic assessment for a sustainable Zn/air battery
Chemosphere, Vol. 250
- Evaluation of solar radiation transposition models for passive energy management and building integrated photovoltaics
Energies, Vol. 13, No. 3
- Power performance and thermal operation of organic photovoltaic modules in real operating conditions
Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, Vol. 28, No. 6, pp. 593-600
- Thermal performance of PV modules as building elements: Analysis under real operating conditions of different technologies.
Energy and Buildings, Vol. 223
- Environmental impact of the production of graphene oxide and reduced graphene oxide
SN Applied Sciences, Vol. 1, No. 2
- Measurement of thermal and electrical parameters in photovoltaic systems for predictive and cross-correlated monitoring
Energies, Vol. 12, No. 4
- Optimization of geometric parameters in a welded joint through response surface methodology
Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 154, p. 105-114
- Considerations in the energy return time of photovoltaic systems architecturally integrated in buildings
Yearbook of Young Researchers, Vol. 9, pp. 144-147
- Building-integrated photovoltaic solar energy versus overlapping photovoltaic solar installations: Balance between energy production and architectural design
Communications presented at the XX International Congress of Project Engineering: held in Cartagena from July 13 to 15, 2016
- Impacts and recycling of devices for energy conversion and storage: sustainability of industrial production
Antonio Urbina Yeregui, Antonio Jesus Fernandez Romero
- Quantum Energy – Quantum Many body Systems (QUE-QMBS)
Antonio Urbina Yeregui, Javier Prior Arce
- Nano-GraPerOs_From the Laboratory to the factory. Life cycle analysis.
Antonio Urbina Yeregui, Antonio Jesus Fernandez Romero
Thermal and electrical characterization of thin film photovoltaic technologies for building integration 2019
Polytechnic University of Cartagena