Andrea Eras Almeida

Ingeniera Electrica (Universidad de Cuenca),
M.Sc. (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid),
M.Sc. (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

Guest Researcher


Andrea Eras Almeida worked as guest researcher in the RLI Research Unit Off-Grid Systems from April until August 2019. She was enrolled in the Photovoltaic Solar Energy PhD program at Instituto de Energía Solar at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Her research focused on hybrid renewable mini-grids in rural communities in Bolivia, Peru, and Mexico as well as refugee camps in Ethiopia, and small islands.

For her stay at RLI, she was awarded a scholarship by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Her objective here was to develop dispatch strategies of hybrid power systems to ensure a high penetration of renewable energy and reduce the cost of electricity in developing regions.

Andrea holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Universidad de Cuenca (Ecuador), a master’s degree in Renewable Energy and Environment by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and a master’s degree in Economic Development and Public Policies by Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Andrea has a professional background in different public companies in the Ecuadorian energy sector as well as government organizations. Among other positions, she has been Head of the Energy Planning Department of the Electricity Company ELECGALAPAGOS S.A. and also worked in the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as Energy Advisor of Undersecretary of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency within the Ecuadorian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy.