Conference Speakers 2022

Scroll down to discover the high-class speaker line-up for Intersolar Mexico Conference, September 6–8, 2022 in Mexico City.

Conference Speaker Overview

Speaker

María del Carmen Alduncin, Módulo Solar

Commercial Director

Mexico

Degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Iberoamericana. Specialist in New Business Development with more than 20 years of managerial experience in Sales and Sales Administration and more than 15 years of experience in the renewable energy sector. She has held management and executive positions in various national and international companies such as MCM Telecom, Solherco, and Modulo Solar, a company dedicated to the manufacture of solar water heaters for almost 50 years and which ranks No. 20 among the leading manufacturers of solar technology in the world and the only one in America with annual production exceeding 100 thousand m2 per year of solar collectors, in which she has been working for 10 years as Commercial Director. Passionate about environmental issues and energy efficiency, she has cooperated with various chambers of commerce in different sectors such as construction, hotels, commerce, etc., as well as with international agencies to achieve the implementation of energy-saving systems using clean energy.

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Jorge Ermilo Barrera, Energy Agency of the State of Puebla

Director General

Mexico

Degree in International Relations from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), graduate of the Programme for the Strengthening of the Public Function in Latin America of the Botín Foundation (Spain) and the Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil), and of the Diploma in Energy Economics of ITAM. At the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) he served as Advisor to the Governing Body, especially in the areas of electricity regulation, international energy system, and economic competition, as well as Deputy Director of Technical Validation of the Regulation of the Electricity Industry. Subsequently, he served as Regional Manager of a Solar Energy Company. He currently serves as General Director of the Energy Agency of the State of Puebla, where he previously held the position of Director of Planning, Promotion, and Investment Promotion. During his academic and professional development, he has maintained a particular interest and expertise in energy transition, the electricity sector, and the democratization of energy.

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Katia Bernal, CITRUS Engineering Better World

CEO

Mexico

Mercadóloga por el ITESM, cuenta con un MBA por la Universidad de Furtwangen en Alemania y un Postgrado en Administración de Proyectos de Energía en el EGADE Business School del Tec de Monterrey. Pionera en la creación y desarrollo del mercado de Calor Solar de Proceso, CEO de CITRUS empresa sueco-mexicana especializada en soluciones para la descarbonización de procesos de producción en las industrias alimentaria, agronegocios, farmacéutica, cuidado personal, química, celulosa, entre otras. Presidenta del Consejo de Administración de INTERTECNICA empresa líder con 52 años de experiencia en ingeniería y fabricación de equipos de proceso y empaque para la industria y sector hotelero. Con más de 20 años de experiencia en desarrollo de nuevos negocios en diversas industrias lidereando estrategias de lanzamiento y comercialización de soluciones innovadoras y disruptivas en LATAM (y EMEA (Europa, Medio Oriente y Asia) en las áreas de dispositivos médicos, equipos de proceso industrial y energía con especialización en calor solar de proceso y sistemas térmicos de almacenamiento de energía.

Speaker

Karla Graciela Cedano Villavicencio (Moderator), Asociación Nacional de Energía Solar, ANES

Presidenta

Mexico

PhD in Engineering and Applied Sciences, member of the Academy of Social Sciences and Humanities of the State of Morelos, of the Editorial Committee of the Energy Efficiency Magazine of FIDE, of the Innovation Review Committee of CeMIE-Sol, of the International Women's Forum and mentor of the Global Women's Network for the Energy Transition. Currently, Secretary of Technology Management and Liaison of the Institute of Renewable Energies of the UNAM; Coordinator of the Solar Energy Network, Advisor of Voz Experta and President ANES.

Speaker

David Contreras, Sunnergy

Solar Thermal Project Manage

Mexico

Renewable energy engineer from the Technological University of the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area (UTZMG) with more than 7 years of experience in the renewable energy sector, energy efficiency, and, especially, Solar Heat generation systems. He calls himself a passionate lover of solar thermal energy applied in all sectors, and in 2019 he was appointed Ambassador of Mexico of the international movement Heat Changers, where knowledge and energy transition are promoted through the application of solar thermal technology. He is currently Treasurer of the XXVI Board of Directors of the College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineers of the State of Jalisco (CIMEJ) and Manager of solar thermal projects at Sunnergy Energías Renovables.

Speaker

Nelson Delgado, ASOLMEX

General Director

Mexico

He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the UNAM and a Master's degree in Financial Optimization from the Postgraduate Engineering Programme of the same institution. In 2000 he received the Gabino Barreda medal for university merit. He us a specialist in the electricity sector with outstanding experience in the implementation of the Wholesale Electricity Market and in the modelling of the National Electricity System. Since April 2021 he has been General Director, ASOLMEX. Previously he was Deputy Director General of Wholesale Electricity Market Surveillance at the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), Director General of Electricity Generation and Transmission and Deputy Director General of Generation Programmes at the Ministry of Energy (SENER). He was directly involved in the preparation of the National Electricity System Development Programmes (PRODESEN) 2016-2030, 2017-2031 and 2018-2032, in the design and execution of SENER's First Tender for private participation in electricity transmission lines and in the determination of the Requirements for the acquisition of Clean Energy Certificates applicable to 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

Speaker

María Fernanda García, SEDECO, CMDX

Head of Departmental Unit for Renewable Energy Support

México

Energy Engineer from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana with a specialization in renewable energies. In 2015 she worked at the National Solar Energy Association (ANES), where she wrote a research article for the XXXIX SNES (National Solar Energy Week). In 2016 she was at the Federal Electricity Commission in the Clean Energy department collaborating in solar photovoltaic projects and in the calculation methodology for the AZEL (Atlas of Clean Energy Zones) developed by the Ministry of Energy (SENER). She has also worked as an Energy Engineer in the private sector, in activities related to the Wholesale Electricity Market.

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Jesus Antonio González, United Nations Environment Programme - Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean

Project Manager of the Thermosolar Panama Project "Development of the solar water heater market in Panama"

Panama

Engineer in renewable energies from the Tecnológico Nacional de México campus Poza Rica with a specialization in Solar Energy from the Institute of Renewable Energies of the UNAM and a diploma in energy efficiency from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Spain. He is a Member of the World Energy Council Mexico chapter, Member of the IEEE Panama chapter, coordinator of the professional membership of the Panamanian Chamber of Solar Energy, external member of the Solar Energy Network of Mexico and promoter of the Heat Changers organization for Latin America and the Caribbean. He is currently promoting the use of renewable energies in Latin America and the Caribbean. He specializes in solar water heating systems, energy efficiency, solar photovoltaic energy and the development of new technologies for the use of solar energy. In his spare time, he promotes waste reduction, environmental care, sustainable mobility and the development of eco-innovation skills.

Speaker

Claudia González, Green Kiin Consultores Sustentables

CEO and Founder

México

Engineer in sustainable energy systems from the Faculty of Engineering of the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico. She was a member of the advisory council for energy transition in the energy efficiency working group. Technical specialist of the Pilot Financial Mechanism (PFM) in the Yucatan Peninsula with national replication factor, to promote the use of solar water heating systems (SWH) within the service sector in Mexico of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). General Director of Green Kiin Consultores Sustentables President of the Energy and Sustainable Development Commission of Coparmex Estado de México. Founder of the Mexiquense Energy Association. Speaker and entrepreneur.

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Dulce Guevara, ANES

Vocalía para la Inclusión y Género

Mexico

She studied International Relations at ITAM, and has two Master's degrees: one in Law from UNAM and another in Public Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is currently a consultant at Iniciativa Climática Mexicana (ICM) on issues of just energy transition with a gender perspective. She collaborated in CeMIESol, Mexican Centre for Innovation in Solar Energy. She is also Secretary of Inclusion and Gender of ANES. Previously, she was in charge of Gender and Electricity in the Gender Unit of the CFE. She has worked in institutions such as the Senate of the Republic, the Belisario Dominguez Institute and INAI.

Speaker

Alfonso Gutiérrez, Kiwapower

Director Comercial

Mexico

. He holds a degree in International Business with a Masters in Sustainable Development from Tec de Monterrey. He has extensive experience and regulatory knowledge in the Mexican energy sector, is deeply concerned about the climate emergency and committed to making the energy transition a reality in Mexico. As Commercial Director of Kiwapower, he has promoted the installation of solar photovoltaic systems on the roofs of businesses and shops. Prior to joining Kiwapower, he was Director of Antuko Mexico, an energy market advisor where he participated in the evaluation of more than 1 GW of large-scale renewable projects with national and international sponsors and financial institutions. He also has over a decade of experience working with industrial clients, which is enhanced by hands-on experience in PPA evaluation between generators, qualified suppliers and C&I users, giving him a deep understanding of both the needs of consumers and the energy supply alternatives available in the Mexican electricity system.

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Juan Antonio Gutiérrez, NTT DATA

Senior Consultant

Mexico

Specialist in hydrogen technologies with 8 years of experience in the sector. His areas of expertise include alkaline electrolysis and PEM, as well as strategic consulting and techno-economic evaluation of hydrogen production and Power to X projects. He currently serves as Technical Secretary of the Sociedad Mexicana del Hidrógeno (Mexican Hydrogen Society) and is a Senior Consultant for the international firm NTT DATA, where he participates in strategic consulting projects for governments and energy companies in countries such as Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia and Chile. His recent projects include the construction of Costa Rica's National Green Hydrogen Strategy

Speaker

Karen A. Jackson, Energy Agency of the State of Jalisco

Director of Liaison with Strategic Areas

Mexico

Mechanical Electrical Engineer graduated from the Universidad Anáhuac, with a Master's degree in Energy Saving Systems. Chief Operating Officer at Teleconstructora, S.A. de C.V., Coordinator at Rent A Cell, S.A. de C.V. and Academic Coordinator at Computertots, S.A. de C.V. She was Coordinator of International Affairs at the Fideicomiso para el Ahorro de Energía (FIDE) and since 2019 she is Director of Liaison with Strategic Areas at the Energy Agency of the State of Jalisco.

Speaker

Flemming Jørgensen, Jorgensen

CEO

Denmark

Director and wholesale owner of Flemming Jorgensen SA de CV: Exclusive distributor of Savosolar in Mexico, Peru and Chile. Sales, design and installation of solar thermal plants for industrial use. The company was contracted to manage the construction of the Peñoles solar thermal plant in Milpillas, Sonora - a plant with 6270 m2 of solar collectors. It has then held the service contract for the plant for four years. Director and owner of Jorgensen Thermal Solutions ApS, Denmark: Production of prefabricated machine rooms. Flemming Jørgensen of Danish origin started working with solar installations in Mexico in 2006.

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Rosilena Lindo, ONU Medio Ambiente

Deputy National Energy Secretary of Panama

Panama

Ingeniera civil, Magister en Tecnología y Manejos de Recursos Naturales en el trópico y Sub-trópico de la Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas de la Ciudad de Colonia, Alemania; Magister en Ciencias Ambientales de la Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, México, y Especialista en el Desarrollo de Política Energética Sostenible, InWEnt, Alemania. Experta Regional Senior en Energía y Gerente del proyector el proyecto "Desarrollo del Mercado de Calentadores Solares de Agua" en la Oficina Regional para América Latina y el Caribe del Programa de Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente durante 3 años. Fungió como asesora en energía y cambio climático al ministro de Ambiente de Panamá y fue Directora de Cambio Climático en MIAMBIENTE. Formó parte del equipo de ingenieros de la ACP en la ampliación del Canal de Panamá. Experta en Certificación ISO 14001 y OSHAS 18001. Ha sido negociadora en los temas de cambio climático como parte de los procesos de Convención Marco de Naciones Unidas sobre Cambio Climático, Chair y Vice Chair del Foro de Las Autoridades Nacionales Designadas de Mecanismo de Desarrollo Limpio de Latinoamérica y entre otras cosas ha colaborado con agencias internacionales como la Agencia de Energía de Franconia, Alemania.

Speaker

Rodrigo Lopes Sauaia, Brazilian Solar Photovoltaic Energy Association, ABSOLAR

Co-founder and CEO

Brazil

). The national association representing Brazilian solar PV companies and professionals. He is co-founder and a governing board member of the GSC (Global Solar Council), a non-profit body representing regional and national solar associations on international issues. He holds a PhD in Materials Engineering and Technology from PUC-RS (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul), a Master's degree in Renewable Energies from Loughborough University (UK), a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from USP (São Paulo University), and has collaborated with the Fraunhofer Institut für Solare Energiesysteme (Germany) and with ETH Zürich (Switzerland).

Speaker

Carla Medina, ASOLMEX

President

Mexico

She holds a degree in International Relations from El Colegio de México and a Master's degree in Political Sociology from the Instituto de Investigaciones Dr. José María Luis Mora. She has been an editorial advisor for several national media outlets, a member of COMEXI, the Global Council of WRI (World Resources Institute) and the Board of Directors of Asolmex and the Mexican Wind Energy Association (AMDEE), and has extensive experience in the private sector, specializing in public affairs related to the national energy industry. From 2005 to 2012 she focused on political and risk analysis for public institutions and international companies from one of the leading national Public Affairs firms. In 2012 she co-founded the company Públika, dedicated to the generation of public advocacy capacities for companies and non-governmental organizations. Since 2013 she has focused on the energy sufficiency and transition agenda for Mexico, and from 2019, as part of the team of leading generation companies in Mexico. In the public sector, she worked as a policy advisor at the Undersecretary of Political Development of the Ministry of the Interior and held the position of Deputy Director of Liaison with Social Development Agencies. She also worked at IMSS as Coordinator of Liaison with Congress.

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Nayeli Mora, Inventive Power

Key Account and Corporate Coordinator

Mexico

Chemical Engineer with a specialization in industrial processes and an MBA focused on Finance, she has experience in sales to different industries such as; oil, food, chemical, mining, pulp and paper, energy and solar. Mainly attending to their needs and requirements for the solution and optimization of their processes, through different technologies and services. She started her career in the oil industry where she worked for Baker Hughes, managing key accounts at national and international levels. She is currently part of the commercial area of Inventive Power, as Key Account and Corporate Coordinator, where she is committed to helping her clients in the industrial and commercial sector by reducing their energy consumption through energy-saving solutions with solar technology. Among her main hobbies in life are travelling, going to the cinema, concerts and theatre. Her favourite food as a good Mexican is tacos.

Speaker

Dirk Morbitzer, Aerocompact Inc.

Chief Executive Officer

U.S.

Mr. Morbitzer is CEO of Aerocompact Group a leading international solar racking manufacturer. He started working in the Solar Industry in 2004 and held Prior positions as CEO of AEROCOMPACT North America, Director Strategic Sourcing at Sunrun - the largest residential installation company; Senior Analyst and Managing Director at Renewable Analytics, a research company focusing on renewable energy supply chains; Director Global Procurement at Trina Solar and Head of Supply Chain at German based S.A.G. Solarstrom AG. Mr. Morbitzer conducts research and consulting projects on the PV supply chain and is familiar with all aspects of the solar industry from PV manufacturing equipment to completed solar module products as well as the end customer market. He has in depth knowledge about many different solar and storage technologies. Before entering the PV industry Mr. Morbitzer was a Project Manager at international consulting firm Accenture. Besides his professional engagements Mr. Morbitzer is a Member of the Board of the Passau University AlumniClub and a Member of the Advisory Circle of the German American Chamber of Commerce West in San Francisco.

Speaker

Marisol Oropeza, Heat Changers

Founder

Germany

Business and marketing strategist specialized in the solar thermal market at matters.mx, based in Berlin. She holds a Degree in Business Administration from the UNAM and a Master in European Studies from the Hochschule Bremen in Germany. She completed an exchange semester at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, studied International Cooperation for Sustainable Development at the Technische Universtität Kaiserslautern, and is a graduate of the altMBA programme on leadership and business management of the American Seth Godin. She has worked in the public and private sectors in Mexico and Germany and has 14 years of experience in the solar thermal sector. She has advised major European companies and organizations and is a leader of international projects such as the Heat Changers, the Solar Heating Initiative and Solar Payback. She is part of the XXI Board of Directors of ANES and works for Intersolar Mexico since 2019.

Speaker

Lucia Romina Palazzo, National University of Cuyo

Asistente Técnica del Programa de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación del Plan Estratégico Vitivinícola de Argentina 2030, Corporación Vitivinícola Argentina

Argentina

Lucia Romina Palazzo, Technical Assistant of the Research, Development and Innovation Program of the Argentine Wine Strategic Plan 2030, Argentine Wine Corporation. She has a master's degree in energy and a bachelor's degree in economics. She works as a teacher and Director of Productive Innovation at the Faculty of Arts and Design of the National University of Cuyo. She participates in different technological innovation projects and is currently leading a project on agrovoltaics in a local vineyard with the participation of researchers and consultants.

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Gloria Isabel Pineda, SEDECO, CMDX

Head of Departmental Unit for Project Monitoring and Control

México

Industrial Engineer from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) with a Master's degree in Environmental Technology from the University of Huelva (UHU) in Spain and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Ingénieurs de Poitiers (ENSIP) in France. She has worked in various branches and positions in both the private and public sectors, in companies and institutions such as Devlyn, SolarCity, Tesla, INECC where she developed topics of Logistics and Supply Chain, Health and Safety, Environmental Project Development, Renewable Energies and collaboration in technical studies related to sustainable transport technologies. She has also developed environmental technology projects, participating in entrepreneurial competitions such as CleantechChallenge Mexico. She also has experience in both national and international academia.

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Pascual Polo, ASIT

Managing Director

Spain

A lawyer by profession, he has been working since 1999 in the field of RES-E, especially in the field of solar energy. He is currently the General Director of ASIT, the Solar Thermal Industry Association, where he has been working since its foundation in 2004. He is also the Coordinator of SOLPLAT, the Spanish Low Temperature Solar Thermal Energy Technology Platform, since its creation in 2016. Previously, he was the Secretary General of HELIOS, the Andalusian Association of Solar Energy Manufacturers and Installers, from 1999 to 2004. The main aspects to highlight in his professional career are the dissemination of Solar Thermal Energy, solar thermal training, management of Dissemination and R&D Projects, and the representation of the ST sector in national and international forums.

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Angie Soto, National Autonomous University of Mexico - UNAM - Renewable Energy Insitution - IER

General Director

Mexico

Industrial Engineer in Quality from Universidad la Salle Chihuahua (2005) with a Master in Engineering and Management of Renewable Energies from the University of Barcelona (2011) and a Leadership for Women program (2021) from the Qiyadat at Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. With more than 13 years of experience in the electricity sector, she has contributed to the growth and consolidation of Nexus Energía Group, a leading renewable asset management company that manages more than 18,000 generation plants, 16 TWh of energy volume and a turnover of more than 2,357 million euros between Spain, Portugal and Mexico. She is General Director of Nexus Energía México, a company specializing in Wholesale Electricity Markets that offers services to large and medium-sized companies considered as Qualified Users, as well as specialized electricity market services to Renewable Energy Generating Plants. It currently manages 27 generation plants connected to the National Electricity System, approximately 1.5 TWh of Energy in the Mexican Wholesale Electricity Market. It is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Mexican Solar Energy Association (ASOLMEX) and the Mexican Association of Qualified Suppliers (AMSCA).

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Sofía Tamayo, Zuma Energia

Director of Public and Regulatory Affairs

Mexico

She holds a Master's and Bachelor's degree in Economic Law from the Universidad Panamericana, and has various diplomas and courses in Economics, Finance and Legal English from ITAM, Energy Law from the Escuela Libre de Derecho, as well as Government, Management and Public Policy from the CIDE and Strategic Communication from the Anáhuac. Professionally, he has worked in the public and private sectors. She participated with the founding team of the consultancy Enix, S.C. as Associate responsible for the area of Electricity Sector Affairs. In 2019, she took the position of Head of the Regulatory Affairs area of the electric power company AES Mexico/EnerAB, where she led advocacy strategies and promotion of relevant issues for the company before Regulators, Chambers, Sector Associations and national and foreign governmental entities. Currently, she is Director of Public and Regulatory Affairs at Zuma Energía. She is a member of the Board of Directors 2021-2023 of ASOLMEX and Coordinator of the Regulatory Strategy Group of AMDEE. In the academic field, she has been an adjunct professor of Comparative Law at the Law School of the Universidad Panamericana and was recently invited to participate as a lecturer in the Energy Transition course of the Energy Law Specialisation at the Law School of the UNAM. She participated as a member of the civil association Abogadas MX and is currently a member of Mujeres en Energías Renovables México (MERM) and a member of Colectivo 50+1 CDMX.

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Dr. Alberto Valdés, Secretary for Economic Development, Mexico City

Director General de Desarrollo y Sustentabilidad Energética

Mexico

He holds a degree in Energy Engineering from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana with a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Energy Engineering from UNAM. Also he has a specialization in renewable energies from the Ente Nacional de Hidrocarburos (ENI Group) in Urbino, Italy. He is a founding member and former president of ANES and was president of the National Solar Energy Standardization Committee NESO-13. He was appointed member of the Latin American Solar Heating Committee in Belo Horizonte Brazil and Member of the German Academy of Renewable Energies in Berlin, Germany. He has managed the installation of more than 3,000 solar photovoltaic and solar water heating systems. He also holds a patent for a double-opening evacuated tube solar heater.

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Aidana Velázquez, Enlight Mexico

IR Manager

Mexico

Ingeniera Industrial y de Sistemas por el Tecnológico de Monterrey, y cursó la maestría en Administración e Ingeniería de la Energía y del Medioambiente, en el Royal Institute of Technology-KTH- de Estocolmo, Suecia y la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, España. Cuenta con experiencia en el sector energía, a nivel nacional e internacional, con enfoque en el análisis y diseño de políticas y regulación en materia energética, implementadas por instancias de gobierno y por la cooperación internacional en México y Latinoamérica. Colaboró en la Agencia Internacional de Energía en el proceso de adhesión de México. Adicionalmente, contribuyó en la elaboración de regulación actual del sector eléctrico mexicano. Actualmente, se dedica a promover y gestionar el desarrollo de proyectos fotovoltaicos e integración de sistemas de almacenamiento de energía en comercios e industrias como Gerente de Relaciones Institucionales en Enlight, empresa líder de generación distribuida en México.

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Juan José Vidal, SEDECO, CMDX

Director of Liaison and Instrumentation of Renewable Energy Support

México

He holds a Master's degree in Engineering in renewable energies and is a PhD candidate in Engineering at UNAM. He coordinates the "Solar Energy for MSMEs" programme, the process of updating the NADF-008-AMBT-2017 standard on solar water heating in buildings, participates in the development of the Photovoltaic Plant in the Central de Abasto of Mexico City and coordinated the tables for the construction of the Biodiesel Production Plant of the same supply center. He is the author of three research articles on the integration of renewable energy sources in the Mexican Electricity System. He has worked as a consultant on energy efficiency and electricity storage at national level.

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