Description

The University of Oriente exists since 1947 and today it is the third largest University in Cuba. Currently, the University of Oriente has more than 10,000 students from 54 countries and 3,000 staff and is located in Santiago de Cuba city, the second biggest city of Cuba.
The University has eleven academic Faculties including the Faculty of Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, and Chemical Engineering, Mathematics and Computing , Natural Sciences, Economical Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities and Law.
Teaching and Research in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Technologies is a core activity of paramount importance for the University of Oriente. There are three Study Centers for graduate teaching and research about these topics.
Main research and teaching interests of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering are the Design, Manufacturing and Materials and Energy Study Centre subject areas. The Faculty runs successful Master Degree Courses in Mechanical Design, Manufacturing Process, Ecological Refrigeration and Energy Efficiency and a Ph.D Course in Mechanical Engineering.

Research Topics

The Energy Efficiency Study Centre has 23 members of academic staff. Main research focus is on energy efficiency in industrial process, Renewable Energy, development and application of hydrocarbon based refrigeration fluids and advanced cooling technologies. The Centre is the home of a laboratory in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Technologies which include internal combustion engines, a downdraft biomass gasifier and thermal solar units and a test rig for engines using biofuel blends.

Project Role

UDO will be responsible for completion of part of WP 1.
Additional tasks for UDO 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. René Lesme Jaén is a Professor of the Energy Efficiency Center of the Mechanical Engineering Faculty. He has 34 years of teaching experience in Heat and Mass Transfer and Renewable Energy modules in the Master Degree Course of Energy Efficiency. He has more than 50 publications in the energy field. Prof Lesme has been the Team leader at the Biomass Cuba Project.

Dr Ángel L. Brito Sauvanell is the Head of the Energy Efficiency Study Centre. He has 34 years of experience teaching Thermodynamics and Renewable Energy modules in the Madster Degree Course in Energy Efficiency. His research is related to biomass gasification and combustion systems and industrial cogeneration. He is a team member at VLIR Project.

Dr. José Raúl Díaz López teacher-researcher of the Department of Physics. He has 41 years of experience teaching Physics and Renewable Energy modules in the Master Degree Course in Energy Efficiency. His research is related to Optimization and evaluation of photovoltaic systems. He is a team member at VLIR Project.

Dr. Luis Gerónimo Garcia Faure is a member of the Energy Efficiency Study Centre. He has 44 years of experience teaching Fluids Mechanic and Renewable Energy modules in the Master Degree Course in Energy Efficiency Master. His research is related to the optimization of hydroelectric and wind energy technologies.

Dr. Luis Oliva Ruiz is a member of the Energy Efficiency Study Centre. He has 51 years of experience and teaching in Energy Technologies and Energy Saving Technologies modules into the Master Degree Course in Energy Efficiency. His research is related to biomass combustion technologies.