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Research group


Alternative Energy Group

Academic Unit: Faculty of Engineering

Colombian Ministry of Science








Engineering and technology


Mechanical engineering

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Strategic Focus

The Alternative Energy Group — GEA seeks to develop real, practical, and effective solutions to the optimal use of non-conventional renewable energy sources, such as biomass and solar, wind, hydraulic, and hydrokinetic energy through the integration of teaching, research, and community outreach activities. Additionally, the Group seeks to promote the training of high-level human resources that contribute to social welfare and economic competitiveness of the country.

Research Areas and Topics

  • Automation and control.
  • Wind energy.
  • Mini-hydraulic energy.
  • Hydrokinetic energy.
  • Wave energy.
  • Solar energy.
  • Photodegradation of pollutants.
  • Advanced water treatment technologies.
  • Vibrations.
  • Manufacturing processes.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Clean water and sanitation Affordable and clean energy Industry innovation and infraestructure Sustainable cities and communities Climate action

Group Coordinator

Edwin Lenin Chica Arrieta, PhD

PhD in Industrial Engineering

Universidad De Valladolid, Spain.

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Scientific Cooperation

Collaborative Relationships

  • Investigation and Environmental Innovation Group (GIIAM)  Institución Universitaria Pascual Bravo, Medellin.
  • Advanced Materials and Energy Research Group  Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano.
  • Mechanical Engineering Research Group  Universidad de Pamplona.
  • Engineering, Science, and Technology Research Group (ICT)  Universidad of Córdoba.
  • Research Group on Agri-environmental Issues  Institución Universitaria Tecnológico de Antioquia.

Notable Projects

  • Small-scale electric power generation using hydraulic and hydrokinetic turbines.
  • Development and assessment of a technological package for the energy valuation of ruminal content in export abattoirs and municipal slaughterhouses.
  • Design, simulation, and construction of a wind generator prototype for low wind speeds using a biocomposite material from Colombian natural fibers.

Main Research Results

  • “Experimental analysis on the performance of a pico-hydro Turgo turbine.” Journal of King Saud University - Engineering Sciences  
  • “Design and optimization of a multi-element hydrofoil for a horizontal-axis hydrokinetic turbine.” Energies. 2019; 12(24):4679  
  • “Development and performance evaluation of an improved biomass cookstove for isolated communities from developing countries.” Case Studies in Thermal Engineering. 14, 100435, 2019  
  • “Photovoltaic array for powering advanced oxidation processes: Sizing, application and investment costs for the degradation of a mixture of anthracene and benzo[a]pyrene in natural water by the UV/H2O2 system.” Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 2018. 6(2), pp. 2751-2761

Research Portafolio

  • Design and production of hydraulic turbines.
  • Design and installation of photovoltaic solar systems.
  • Design and simulation of mechanical systems.
  • Energetic control systems and RUE.
  • Measurement of mechanical torque of hydraulic turbines.
  • Characterization of electrical power generation equipment from renewable sources.
  • Dynamic and structural fluid simulation of mechanical systems.

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