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Data has some Big ideas for Energy

Written on March 25, 2019 by Campus Life in Professional

We had the pleasure to host a fantastic presentation yesterday from Quintas Energy explaining how they are using big data to obtain a very solid picture of the complex and heterogenic components affecting the management of solar plants. By doing so they are able, not only to monitor de performance and operations real time but to forecast the financial projections and hence gaining an easier access to capital.

Representatives from many companies from the sector attended as well and we had a super enriching networking experience afterwards.

Thank you to all the participants and to IE.


IE Energy Club: new Club’s Officers and 2019 Proposals

Written on December 14, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

The energy club is composed of a highly motivated aggregate of students from great variety of profiles, expertise and backgrounds including representatives from several IE programs.

After having successful co-corganized the Space Mining event (November 2018) and the IE Energy Club Alumni networking event (December 2018), there a are more exciting initiatives on which the Club is working for the next few months.

To name a few, these are some of the proposals which are being considered:

• Roundtable discussion about geopolitical implications of energy related topics.
• Energy Venture Day: Dedicated to pitches from energy related startups.
• Energy Hackathon: Groups competition which aim to find the best solution to tackle an energy related topic.
• Presentations linking the energy industry with new technologies such as big data and blockchain from relevant speakers from the sector.

We are also excited about working together with the rest of the Clubs to construct well rounded events and attract assistants from a wide range of areas.

Stay tuned!


IE Energy Club Alumni Networking Event

Written on December 14, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

Last Monday 10th December, IE Energy Club organized the Energy Alumni Networking Event.

This event was hosted by the Club’s president, Gabriele Sommantico and the new Club’s Officers, Héctor Nieto Arias, Jesús Boccio Castrillo, Samuel Dossi, Guillaume Ferrier Llamas and Ken Ijichi, who welcomed and questioned IE Alumni about experiences, challenges and opportunities in the Energy sector. The event counted with the attendance of 4 panelists all of them IE Alumni occupying relevant positions.

Specifically, Fabio Blasi (Partner at Solvere – Infrastructure Technical Advisors), Daniele Calzolari (Impact Investment Manager at La Bolsa Social), Margarida Constantino (Global Commercial Transformation Specialist and Head of Commercial Development at Vestas ) and Valeriia Todorova (Management Staff at Naturgy ). Each panelist shared their current background and experiences with more than 40 IE students from a broad range of IE Programs, brought together by interest for Energy.

A common conclusion was that the Energy is currently playing a key role in the world economy, mainly due to the revolutionary changes happening in the renewable energies and the challenges of maximising energy sources access for human beings and communities.


Review of the panel discussion held by IE Energy Club and IE International Relations Club at IE

Business School, Madrid on February 7, 2017

Written by Manuel Weissenegger, Master in International Relations Candidate

As geopolitical dynamics unravel, the interrelated questions of clean energy and climate change face significant challenges. On February 7, 2017, we had the opportunity to hear the insights of Gonzalo Escribano, PhD and Lara Lázaro Touza, PhD from the Elcano Royal Institute. First and foremost, I cannot stress enough the fascinating intertwining of politics and economics that the world of energy faces. Decisions made in Washington or Brussels can ripple throughout the globe and have reverberating effects from Riyadh to Algiers. Such decisions can clearly also have dramatic effects on both clean energy and climate change. However, there are two important messages I could catch from this interesting discussion. First, there is hope out there. Second, while the news coming from Washington are certainly important, the US is not the only player in the field. In general, I was convinced that while clean energy and climate change do indeed face critical challenges, media coverage of negative events is exaggerated. Instead, we should not prematurely give up the hopes that a cleaner and more sustainable world is possible.

But what exactly did we learn? On the future of clean energy, Gonzalo Escribano pointed out what follows. First, in current geopolitical debates, energy independence is a key word. However, we should be warned. The notion of full-fledged energy independence is not only far from viable, but even undesirable. As he puts it, “it’s not bad to import renewables”, as long as the import-scheme is sufficiently diversified. A second insight focusing on the domestic level is associated with the power transfer related to renewables. Since clean energy (in most cases) needs a grid, there is a transfer of power from the owner of the source of power to the owner of the grid. This creates a “grid community”. Third, the geopolitics of energy are clearly marked by the recent OPEC deal to curb production. The members (and allies) of the cartel appear to follow through with their pledges. However, this will largely depend on how the Trump administration implements the Iran-nuclear deal. Iran would break the OPEC agreement should it face economic sanction limiting its global positioning in the oil market. This is where the fascinating dynamics of geopolitics become evident. Finally, an understated source of hope comes from the EU’s winter package presented on November 30, 2016 and entitled “Clean Energy For All Europeans”. This package could provide an effective way of diversifying European energy supply from gas to a combination of gas and renewables.

As for climate change, the situation does appear more dire. Again, the gears of geopolitics are crucial. With the US attempting to withdraw from the hallmark Paris Accord there is a lot of uncertainty. This uncertainty is not overcome by the unexpected pledge made by Xi Jinping to be a leader in the fight against climate change. Rather, this pledge appears hopeful but questionable. For Lara Lázaro the paradox in this situation is that “this time it is the markets that might safe us”. With ever-lower prices for clean energy, there are signs of hope that emissions might drop.

In conclusion, the geopolitics of clean energy and climate change should make as wary about the chance of achieving the goals set in Paris. However, we ought not give up our ambitions of making this world a cleaner and more sustainable place.

February 11, 2017


Earth Hour – IE Energy Club

Written on July 27, 2017 by Campus Life in Social

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

IE Energy Club President with the winner

The event is held annually encouraging individuals, communities, and businesses to turn off non-essential electric lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on a specific day towards the end of March, as a symbol of commitment to the planet. It was started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. Since then, it has grown to engage more than 7,000 cities and towns across 172 countries. This year Earth Hour was held on March 25th from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

For encouraging more and more people to celebrate the Earth Hour and to increase awareness among everyone regarding the importance of mankind’s commitment towards the conservation of the planet, IE along with IE Energy Club undertook a Social Media Campaign in which participants had a chance to win an IE Backpack (sponsored by the IE Store and made from 100% recycled nylon fishing nets). The participants had to just post a photo of their IE Earth Hour on the night of March 25th on their social media account using the hashtag #IEEarthHour – switch off your lights and switch on your social power to #ChangeClimateChange.

From the many entries received, the winner of the IE Earth Hour photo competition was Fernando Castallo, Master in Management February 2017 student. These kinds of initiatives are very necessary for the conservation of planet Earth.

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