The Centre for Advanced Studies in Energy and Environment (CEAEMA) was created by the University of Jaén in 2012.
Its main objective is to promote joint research and training actions of the different research groups of the University of Jaén (UJA) focusing on the strategic area of renewable energy and its relationship with the environment. Additionally, the over 20 UJA researchers that are part of the CEAEMA focus on the following targets:
- Encouragement and promotion of high quality research in sustainable development focusing on renewable energy, energy efficiency and preservation of the environment.
- Development of postgraduate programs for professionals and researchers in the renewable energy field.
- Enhancement of the transfer of the research results to the industry and society.
The research groups involved in the CEAEMA cover a wide range of knowledge areas such as Electronic and Electric Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Informatics, Applied Physics, Ecology, Applied Economics and Fluid Mechanics. The list of CEAEMA research areas is the following one:
BIOMASS – Research Areas:
- Biorefinery from lignocellulosic wastes: o Assessment of agricultural, forestry and agro industrial residues for the production of fuel bioethanol and other chemical products, such as xylitol, antioxidant compounds and oligosaccharides.
- Removal of heavy metals from liquid effluents: o Bisalingof heavy metals by biological techniques, mainly with microorganisms isolated from waste water.
- Olive oil and fat technology: o Improve olive oil processing process to increase the process yield and quality of the oils, with olive groves of different varieties and intensive, super-intensive and traditional crops.
- New sustainable ceramic materials from waste.
SOLAR PV – Research Areas:
- Grid-connected Photovoltaic systems.
- Solar Photovoltaics for development.
- Photovoltaic modules, regulator, batteries and inverters.
- Analysis of the solar radiation.
- Remote monitoring and control of photovoltaic systems.
METEOROLOGY – Research Areas:
- Wind and solar energy resources evaluation in Andalusia.
- Forecasting the solar energy resources: Forecasting of the solar energy resources (direct, diffuse and global irradiation) based on the WRF model with a forecast horizon up to 72 hours.
- Analysis of the wind and solar energy resources variability under Climate Change: the aim is to obtain estimates of the wind and solar energy resources in Andalusia during the XXI century, under Climate Change scenarios, using dynamical downscaling based on the WRF model.
ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING – Research Areas:
- Distributed electrical generation.
- Protection and safety in electrical generation of renewable energy installations.
- Analysis and characterization of the electrical network.
- Wake stability and control: experimental and numerical study of the stability and control of bluff body wakes.
- Two-phase flow: drops and bubbles formation. Improving bubble generation.
- Fire dynamics within large enclosures: experimental and numerical study of atrium fires.
- Multiphase Flow Bubble rising: path stability of rising bubbles.
ECOLOGY – Research Areas:
- Regeneration and restoration of Mediterranean vegetation.
- Evolutionary ecology of plant-animal interactions.
- Demography and genetics of plant populations.
- Adaptive radiations in plants.
Regarding its training programs, the CEAEMA offers the following degrees:
Master Degree in Renewable Energy:
This master program proposes a general and technical training in renewable energy production technologies, focusing on solar photovoltaic and biomass energy. The main objective of this training program offers high quality training in the field of renewable energies for graduates who need a postgraduate course to complete and improve their knowledge in this field.
PhD program in renewable energy:
The CEAEMA offers a PhD program in renewable energy to graduate students in the following broad areas:
- Evaluation of solar and wind energy resources
- Modeling of the atmosphere and solar radiation
- Evaluation and use of biomass resources
- Natural selection, candidate gene expression and seed development for biodiesel production
- Engineering of PV systems
- Hybrid systems of electric generation
- Optimization and control of energy generation processes with alternative sources
- Planning, management and socio-economic aspects of renewable energies
- Mechanical and energy engineering
Finally, and as far as HORIZON 2020 is concerned, the CEAME hosts a MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE Individual Fellow working on the project ‘NoSoiLPV: Novel Soiling Indentification Logics for Photovoltaics’.