Fredy Rios Silva
PhD Student, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Fredy Rios Silva is PhD student in economics and social sciences at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and a Scientific Assistant at FZI Research Center for Information Technology. His research investigates demand response programs for guiding the behaviour of customers, to increase the use of intermittent generation sources including wind and solar power.
Fredy brings insights regarding the energy challenges and perspectives of two different realities, from his native Chile and his current home in Germany. “In Chile, there are concerns regarding the environmental consequences of power generation and energy security,” says Fredy. “In Germany, the challenge is preparing the power grid for intermittent generation.” He sees considerations from both places as drivers of development, local growth and decentralization of the economy. He hopes to develop a better understanding of how policy enables the development of local economies through the diversification of energy portfolios.
Fredy considers financing to be one of the main barriers to energy access. “From a private investment perspective, energy access is justified if there is a market,” he says.“So, from a state perspective, incentives should be focused on supporting local markets to ensure connectivity to remote areas.”