Association Webinars: LATAM hunting for the next milestone in the renewable energy transformation



Part 1: A New Chilean Clean Technologies Institute

Latin America stands out for its vast natural resources and is one of the regions with the most significant potential to build a CO2 neutral economy by 2050.

Chile, a leading regional country, is committed to democracy and freedom, is one of the founding members of the Pacific Alliance, and has a strong agenda for a renewable transformation in the energy and transportation sector. At COP25 Chile, with other regional countries, agreed to achieve a regional average of 70% renewables in 2030 in electricity generation from the 55% that it is today.

In one decade, Chile has profoundly transformed its electricity mix, leveraging its vast renewable energy sources and is committed to carbon neutrality in 2050. And today, it has been credited as the most attractive emerging market for clean energy investment.

The north of the country is an area where most of its vast mining activity takes places, a global hub where world class mining companies have operations for the extraction of copper, lithium, molybdenum, silver, zinc, iron, and many others. The region is characterized by a desert and high solar radiation, the highest on earth, and has also become a leading hub for the deployment of renewable energy, particularly solar.

The country is eager to scale in the value chain from its natural resources’ exports, such as copper and lithium, and sees that without innovation, that's not possible. The challenge is that country only invests 0.34% of its GDP in R&D, among the lowest within OECD.

Late in 2018, Corfo, the Chilean state production development agency, launched an international bid for the creation, in the north of the country, of a non-for-profit Clean Technology Institute to spur innovation in the mining and renewable energy sector. Early January of this year, this initiative was awarded to AUI (Associate Universities, Inc. The Institute's, with an initial budget of US$ 240M, main aim is to take advantage of the vast natural and mining resources that exist in the north of the country, increasing its value added while reducing CO2 emissions, by advancing technologies for sustainable mining, solar energy, advance materials, and green hydrogen, as well as contribute to workforce development, entrepreneurship and innovation, and to support the country on public policy within the areas of the Institute.

In this webinar, the leading team of the winning proposal will present the new Chilean Clean Technologies Institute: its main objectives, its expected positive regional, on the country and international impact, contributions to reduce CO2 emissions with new technologies, a more sustainable mining industry, and taking advantage of the vast lithium and solar resources that exist in the country.

Chile looks ahead for the opportunity to become exporters of renewable energy products, such as green hydrogen, ammonia, and synthetic fuels, benefitting from new markets and industries, and unleashing novel pillars for economic development and job creation while supporting other countries to meet their N.D.C. ambitions.

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Ricardo Raineri, Past President IAEE and Member of the High-level Dialogue's Technical Working Group on Energy Transition, UN DESA, Professor Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.


Ricardo Raineri, Past President IAEE and Member of the High-level Dialogue's Technical Working Group on Energy Transition, UN DESA, Professor Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Adam Cohen, President Associated Universities Inc. ( and former Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Peter Chupas, Program Director Associated Universities Inc.

Yasmin Catricheo, Office of Education and Public Engagement at Associated Universities Inc


Adam Sieminski, President of KAPSARC ( and former administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (E.I.A.).


Adam Cohen

Dr. Cohen is the President and C.E.O. of Associated Universities, Inc. (A.U.I.). Before joining A.U.I. in 2017, Dr. Cohen was finishing his term at Princeton University. Until May 2017, he served as the Deputy Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (D.O.E.), overseeing basic science, applied energy research, technology development, and deployment efforts, including the stewardship of 13 of the 17 D.O.E. National Laboratories.

His experience also includes nearly seven years as Deputy Director for Operations at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, and 18 years at Argonne National Laboratory, where he held several positions, including Deputy Associate Director for Energy Sciences and Engineering, and Deputy Director/Chief Operations Officer. He has served as head of the U.S. Delegation on the ITER Council, on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protections' Oyster Creek Oversight Panel, and on the D.O.E. Laboratory Operations Board. Earlier in his career, he spent four years in the U.S. Navy as a submarine officer, and he worked at Babcock & Wilcox manufacturing nuclear fuel for research reactors.

Dr. Cohen is a Senior Associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies Energy and National Security Program.

He earned his bachelor's degree in materials engineering from Columbia University, his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University.

Adam Sieminski

Adam Sieminski was appointed as the president of King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) in April 2018. Before his appointment, Mr. Sieminski held the James R. Schlesinger Chair for Energy and Geopolitics at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Prior to that, he was a non-resident senior adviser to the CSIS Energy and National Security Program. He also served as the administrator of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (E.I.A.) from 2012 to 2017 and was the senior director for energy and environment on the staff of the United States National Security Council.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Sieminski was Deutsche Bank's chief energy economist and the senior energy analyst for NatWest Securities. In 2006, he was appointed to the National Petroleum Council (N.P.C.), where he helped co-author N.P.C.'s global oil and gas study.

Mr. Sieminski's membership of leading policy and research organizations includes the roles of senior fellow and former president of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics, and president of the U.S. National Association of Petroleum Investment Analysts.

He formerly served as an advisory board member of the Global Energy and Environment Initiative at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, as chairman of the Supply-Demand Committee of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, and as a member of the Strategic Energy Task Force of the Council on Foreign Relations.

He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (C.F.A.) designation and holds both an undergraduate degree in civil engineering and a master's degree in public administration from Cornell University.

Peter Chupas

Dr. Peter Chupas serves as a Program Director at of Associated Universities, Inc. (A.U.I.), with a focus on clean energy technology. Prior to joining AUI, from 2018 Dr. Chupas was a Research Professor at Stony Brook University, where his research was focused on energy storage. Prior to 2018, Dr. Chupas spent 15 years at Argonne National Laboratory where he served as a research group leader and managed research programs, and where he initiated several new initiatives in applied science including the Manufacturing Science Initiative and developed partnerships with Industry. Dr. Chupas has 6 Patents and ~150 publications. He received his B.S. (1999) in chemistry from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and his Ph.D. (2003) in Materials Chemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Ricardo Raineri

Past president of the International Association for Energy Economics, and Member of the High-level Dialogue's Technical Working Group on Energy Transition, UN DESA. Former Chilean Energy Minister and Chairman of the Board of de Chilean State Oil Company (ENAP), former Alternative Executive Director of the World Bank Group, Professor of the Engineering School at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and Economic Advisor of Associated Universities, Inc (

Economist with vast professional experience in the energy sector and institutional issues on the economics of regulation and antitrust policy, market structure, pricing, business strategy and competition, and corporate governance. Has published in various academic and professional journals, and regularly consults for the public sector and private companies.

Holds a bachelor's in economics, Business Engineer professional degree, and a master's in economics degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and a Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) both in Economics from the University of Minnesota. Member of the Editorial Board of The Energy Journal.

Yasmin Catricheo

Yasmin Catricheo is currently working at the Office of Education and Public Engagement at Associated Universities Inc. She is a physics educator from Chile. Of Mapuche origin, she is passionate about the teaching of science, promote Native American Cosmovision of the world and develop science projects. In her professional training program, she has participated in courses taught by astronomy faculty at the University of Concepción, and has earned a Master's degree in Education from the University of Bío-Bío. Yasmín is also a member of the indigenous group "Mapu Trafun", and she works closely with the Mapuche community to recover the culture and communicate the message of the Mapuche Worldview. In 2018 was selected to attend the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassador Program (ACEAP) founded by FSF.

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Event Date: February 22, 2021

Event Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM Eastern Time

Topic: LATAM hunting for the next milestone in the renewable energy transformation

Moderator: Ricardo Raineri

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