The Cuban Energy Transformation – Integration of renewable intermittent sources in the power system (IRIS) project develops new tools and methods for planning the energy system. The project focuses on aspects related to the integration of intermittent renewable energy sources, mainly wind and solar, in the Cuban electricity system and the problems and advantages related to it. The objective is to develop renewable energy scenarios which take into account the global development context and the political, economic, social, technological, environmental and cultural (PESTEC) dimensions of development.
The project looks at the interlinkages of these different aspects in the context of the transformation processes taking place in Cuba. Development of the local research capacity in participating Cuban universities and research centres is one target. Dissemination and utilization of the research results will take place via stakeholder workshops and the active contacts of the partner institutions to Cuban ministries and other organisations.
IRIS is funded by the Academy of Finland and benefits from synergies with the Erasmus+ CRECE project.
IRIS is implemented by a consortium of six partners:
- Finland Futures Research Centre, University of Turku
Principal investigator Prof. Jyrki Luukkanen.
- Tampere University
Research team leader Yrjö Majanne
- Universidad de Oriente, Santiago de Cuba
Research team leader Prof. Luis Vázquez
- Technological University of Havana Instituto Superior Politécnico Jose Antonio Echeverria CUJAE
Research team leader Prof. Miguel Castro
Research team leader Anaely Saunders
- Centro de Investigacion de Energia Solar CIES
Research team leader Ruben Ramos