jueves, 9 de agosto de 2012

Una nueva política energética en Chile

Estimado Sr Farkas: Somos nortinos de famlia minera de la tercera region, (descendiente de Jose Santos Ossa) Arquitectos de la Pontificia Universidada Catolica de Santiago y de Valparaiso y quisieramos exporner el siguiente proyecto que podria ser un aporte suyo al Medio Ambiente y el punto de partida de una nueva politica energetica en Chile.
Este proyecto fue desarrollado en Suiza y por lo mismo se lo mando en Ingles ya que usted domina ese idioma.
Catholic University’s Hernan Ossa wants Chile to become world powerhouse in renewable energy production
Chilean architect Hernan Ossa is a man with a dream. Currently a consultant at Santiago’s Universidad Catolica, Ossa is convinced that Chile can become a world leader in the production of solar power within the next decade.

Ossa recently expounded on his plans for taking a first step in this direction: a solar energy photovltaic project located in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile’s Region .

With proper funding, he says, the US$9 million research center could be up and running within the next three years.

In an interview with The Santiago Times, Ossa said said the project would focus on large scale production of photovoltaic solar.

“With a US$150 million investment,” he said, “we could be generating 70 MW of electricity, enough energy to power 80,000 homes. The idea is to locate the facility close to Codelco’s Chuquicamata mine and other mining facilities, so we could supply all their energy needs.”
This would be good news for the mining industry, which is a hugely important for Chile’s economy and accounts for 35 percent of Chile’s exports.
A secure and sustainable power source would appeal mining companies, who in recent years have lobbied the government to investigate nuclear power (ST. June 9, 2009).
Ossa claims that several regional mining operations have expressed interest in his proposal, . He believes this is to do with a lack of foresight on the part of Chile’s energy industry.
“Chilean businessmen focuses solely upon the principles of minimum expenditure and maximum gains,” said Ossa. “This needs to change – for the good of our country and our economy and the planet”
While Chile’s government has approved his plans, it has been reluctant to offer financial support for an energy source, which currently is – comparatively speaking – expensive. But renewable energy experts argue that costs will fall dramatically in coming years, as solar power takes off around the world and production costs drop.
“The current cost of solar energy is not much higher than other forms of generation,” said Ossa. “But the ecological cost is much less.”
He cites the example of the Rice solar energy plant currently under development in California. Costing around US$150 million, this plant will provide 150 MW of electricity, enough energy to supply a city of nearly 100,000.
Chile’s enormous solar energy potential is recognized around the world, with leading experts insisting that resources in the country’s north are sufficient to meet Chile’s future needs (ST. Oct 21, 2009).
Irish energy firm Mainstream Renewable Power recently told The Santiago Times of their plans to focus on solar power projects in Chile (ST. Dec 9, 2009).
Noting that Chile currently imports large quantities of petroleum based fuels and has a growing reliance CO2 emitting power generation, he insists that Chileans must wake up to the fact that “this source (the sun) is free, clean and inexhaustible and by using its potential we can free ourselves for good from the use of fossil fuels.”
“We have the potential and we can develop the technology to harness it,” said Ossa. “All that is needed is investment.”
Esto fue escrito en el Times, me gustaria agendar una entrevista con usted para presentarle el proyecto con mas detalles , costos y como real solucion al grave problema energetico que en Chile tenemos ademas del beneficio economico y politico.
Mi e-mail es lossa@uc.cl y creo que un mineral limpio producido con energia renovable , le da un valor agregado que hoy naciones industrializadas estan dispuestos a pagarlo.
Atte Hernan Ossa

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