Alfonso Ramallo-González, a former student of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT), Murcia is bringing energy savings to the British Parliament thanks to a research his has carried out for reducing energy consumption in homes through a smart tool with sensors capable of recognizing the building’s thermodynamics.
The story of Alfonso Ramallo -González is that of a bright young man who finds more recognition abroad than in his own country. Just 30 years old, he is living his unique moment participating in a competition organized by the UK Scientific and Parliamentary Committee.
And he does so with a mixture of gratitude towards the UPCT and a bit of disenchantment regarding the ‘ brain drain ‘ of Spaniards. “In the UK,” he complains, ” they believe in research as something that adds value to society. So Parliament opens its doors to scientists and the government spends a lot of money in a wide range of projects even knowing in advance that many will not get a tangible benefit. In Spain, there are researchers with a curriculum that many here would like to have but unfortunately many professionals have to go out due to the lack of support. ”
Project for energy saving
“My research is framed in a national project, worth £ 1.5 million, which investigates to what extent it is possible to reduce energy consumption in homes simply by improving the knowledge of energy in buildings. It seems trivial, but in spite energy being something as mundane as food, everyone knows about how much a loaf of bread or a carton of milk costs but few people know how much a kilowatt hour costs, “says González – Ramallo from the University of Bath .
Alfonso González – Ramallo presented in the British Parliament a research aimed at reducing energy consumption in homes through an intelligent tool capable of recognizing the building’s thermodynamics using basic data captured by three sensors, using the University of Bath for his representation.
The young researcher’s project consists of using the inverse modeling to obtain real-time building models and then provide personalized advice to occupants that helps them run their homes more efficiently in terms of energy and savings of own resources of a common home.
The Westminster Wharton Medal
The scientist who wins the contest will receive the Westminster Wharton Medal, a known prize in the scientific community dedicated to young researchers, which has a great reputation in both the UK and at the European and international levels.
In addition to this award, the Parliament will also deliver a gold medal as the first prize funded with 3,000 pounds (3,500 euro), one silver medal with £ 2,000 (2,300 euro) and a bronze one with1,000 pounds (1,200 euro).
The scientific event is part of the energy efficiency process which celebrated its world day last March 5. And the fact is that all countries have become aware of the need to save resources as a measure of economic development.
This engineer has already covered a tour of several schools and the private sector. Born in Oviedo but resident for ten years in Murcia, where his family moved, he left Spain through a Leonardo scholarship to work in a company dedicated to solar panels. Then he prepared a PhD whose goal was “to generate a real and significant impact on the problem of energy saving”, he applied in several universities and was finally granted some funding by the English builder Wates .
González – Ramallo proposed the development of a diagnostic and advice tool capable of recognizing by algorithms ( a set of operations to solve a problem) the thermodynamics of a building , ie variables such as temperature or gas consumption.
The impact of his thesis (read at the Danish University of Copenhagen) allowed him to sign in as a researcher at the University of Bath.
“I believe that energy saving is one of the greatest challenges of modern society” the scientist concludes.