Rafael Eduardo Guedez Mata
I am a researcher at the Heat and Power Division of the Energy Department. My research focuses on the development of techno-economic performance models for optimizing the design and operation of power plants. Such work aims at assisting decision making for developers, investors, operators, OEMs and EPCs.
I am a hard-working engineer with a strong motivation for R&D, innovation and entrepreneurship related to power generation and energy economics. In particular, I am thrilled by solar energy, thermal power generation and energy storage systems. Overall, my interests and work as a researcher are highly motivated by my personal desire of contributing to the development of a more sustainable society.
I am a mechanical engineer with proven experience in R&D, project management, finance, and business development in the energy sector. My doctoral studies (from KTH) focused in the techno-financial analysis and optimization of solar power plants with storage. I have also completed a executive program in Management and Leadership at MIT Sloan, dealing with management, business administration, finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, and AI implications in business. Throughout my career, I have led and acted as strategic advisor in projects related to solar power, energy storage, renewable integration, and thermal power engineering.
Besides my academic involvement at KTH, I am also a director and co-founder of Europe Power Solutions, a consulting firm in the area of power plant performance modeling. Furthermore, I am an Advisor to Azelio, a Swedish SME with a novel energy storage concept, and I am also an Advisor in the Renewable sector to Naventus, a Swedish investment bank. In the past I was an Advisor and Senior Performance Analyst at SolarReserve (3 years), and I also served as a guest Research Engineer at the Solar Energy division at Total, and at the R&D and Industrial Integration division at the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy.
In addition to my research work, I participate in other academic-related activities. I have supervised more than 60 MSc. Thesis in the field of solar energy, energy storage and power plant modeling. Additionally, I am the deputy Director of the Sustainable Energy Engineerin MSc Program, the largest at the Energy Department, where I am responsible for the course MJ2500 "Large Scale Solar Power", and I am also heavily involved in courses MJ2412, MJ2409. Currently I am the co-supervisor of four PhD students at KTH working in fields related to my research.
My motivation in academia are my students. throughout the years I have come to realize how gratifying it is to contribute to the formation and growth of students and colleagues with whom I share similar interests, and from whom I keep learning and enhancing my own skills on a continuous basis.
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