Description

The Universidad Tecnológica de La Habana “José Antonio Echeverría” (CUJAE) has existed as a Higher Education Centre since 1964 and today it is the biggest and principal Technical Sciences University in Cuba.
Currently, CUJAE has more than 15,000 students, majorly Cubans and about 500 sudents are from more than 45 countries . The University is located in the southwest zone of Havana City and has 800 academic staff.
The University has collaboration with partner institutions from all continents mainly in Europe and Latin America.
The University compromises seven academic Faculties including the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. The Centre of Study of Renewable Energy Technologies (CETER), which belong to the mentioned Faculty, is one of eleven Centres of Study or Research of CUJAE.
CETER, founded in 1992, has 30 academic staff members and its main research and teaching interests are the Renewable Energy Sources, Saving Energy and Energetic Efficiency subject areas. The CETER is responsible for the teaching of Energy Technologies Matters in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Industrial Engineering Careers. It also runs successfully a Master in Science Program in Renewable Energy at CUJAE and another countries as Venezuela and Dominican Republic.

Research Topics

Teaching and Research activities of Professors and members of CETER involve environmental issues of use of Energy sources including solar thermal and photovoltaic, biomass waste, biofuels and eolic. The Centre of Study of Renewable Energy Technologies (CETER) and the Mechanical Engineering Faculty of CUJAE are very well recognised in the Caribbean area for its Renewable Energy and Energetic Efficiency studies. The CETER possesses modest experimental and computational facilities to develop the teaching actions in the above mentioned areas. The most important resource for CETER is the experience and expertise of its teachers and researchers.
The CETER has small labs for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Technologies which include test bank of internal combustion engines, a downdraft biomass gasifier, Solar Renewable Energy, wind turbines and fuel cells. All of these facilities are used for teaching activities meanly.

Project Role

CUJAE will be responsible for completion of part of WP 1.
Additional tasks for CUJAE will be:

  • To support Project Coordinator in Project execution and monitoring the progress;
  • To work on the Project Network development in Colombia;
  • To take part in the modernisation and enhancing of the structure and syllabus of the selected modules on Renewable Energy on Bachelor and Master levels and distance improvement of Skills Development of PhD students doing research in Renewable Energy Area.
  • To work on setting up teaching laboratories and deriving the Laboratory work notes;
  • To implement the teaching process;
  • To implement quality assurance plan for all teaching methods and processes;
  • To actively participate in promotion and dissemination of project activities and results on local, national and international levels.

People (staff members)

Prof. Deny Oliva Merencio is Titular Professor in Centre of Study of Renewable Energy Technologies (CETER) and the Mechanical Engineering Faculty of CUJAE. He is working on use of biomass and reuse of agro-industrial waste and environmental issues, teaching in the Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering Faculties. He has more than 20 years of experience in teaching and R & D of different types of energy conversion systems operating on Renewable Energy. He has participated in numerous courses for teaching of Renewable Energy topics in different Universities in Spain, Brazil and Venezuela with more than dozens of publications in the nationals and international journals. With a wide representation in a large number of scientific events of very well recognized impact, Prof. Tit. Dr. Deny Oliva Merencio is a scientific expert in Biomass topic. He has been coordinator of the CETER team in several international projects as: consorted research project supported by CYTED in Spain (710PIC0401) and CAPES Project in Brazil (117/11).

Prof. Tania Carbonell Morales is a Titular Professor in Higher Education in Centre of Study of Renewable Energy Technologies (CETER) and the Mechanical Engineering Faculty of CUJAE.
Her research is related to the non-conventional refrigeration using new technologies, hydrogen field and saving energy aspects. She is also involved in researching renewable energy engineering education and problems of the quality assurance in engineering education.

Prof. Juan José González Bayón is a Titular Professor in Higher Education in Centre of Study of Renewable Energy Technologies (CETER) and the Mechanical Engineering Faculty of CUJAE.
His research and teaching is related to energetic efficiency and saving energy systems, also to the analysis of modern sustainable facilities for generation and use of energy from renewable energy sources. Dr González Bayón has great experience in analyzing and solving energy problems in different kind or industries, in Cuba and others Latin American countries. He also involved in researching renewable energy engineering education and problems of the quality assurance in engineering education.
He was a team member at consorted research project supported by CYTED in Spain (710PIC0401).

Professor César Arnaldo Cisneros Ramírez is a Titular Professor in Higher Education in Centre of Study of Renewable Energy Technologies (CETER) and the Mechanical Engineering Faculty of CUJAE.
His research and teaching is related to the analysis of modern sustainable facilities for generation and use of energy from renewable energy sources. Dr Cisneros Ramírez has great experience in analyzing of teaching system for renewable energy topics. He also involved in researching renewable energy engineering education and problems of the quality assurance in engineering education.