Pablo Lamas, Enel Peru’s favourite son

Published on Monday, 19 December 2016

Did you develop the HER project?

Yes. Within the Company's innovation programme, we are encourage to convey our ideas. In 2010, I suggested to place a mini-hydraulic generator inside the discharge channel of the Huampaní Power Plant. As a result, part of the energy generated by the plant and delivered to its auxiliary servers is smaller and, in turn, the part that can be injected into the network is bigger; this makes the Company more profitable. I also proposed installing LED lighting and photovoltaic panels in the Moyopampa headquarters to lower consumption.

What is the most beautiful thing about your profession?

The most beautiful is that I can contribute the knowledge that I have and continue to learn more. I am now pursuing a doctorate in sustainability and my thesis will focus on Huampaní. It is called “Improved Performance of the Hybridisation of Renewable Hydraulic Technologies within the discharge channel”. The research will improve the energy produced in the Huampaní channel.

Do you consider yourself an inventor, an innovator?

I am committed to innovation, which means adopting cutting edge technology available in the market and other countries but new to Peru. Bringing a new technology to a facility and make it work, operate; that is innovation.

How do you see the importance of renewable energies?

Renewable energies are shaping up as an important technology within the energy matrix in the country. In Peru, renewable energy use barely reaches 5%, while conventional energies, such as gas, oil and coal, run out and pollute; no matter how many filters are used to make them cleaner, they always generate pollution.

It is false that renewable energies are expensive. The cost of a solar or wind farms has dropped enormously. Peru has, like other countries, renewable energy auctions every 2 years, where investors put their share of renewable energy. The Peruvian government encourages the generation of renewable energy by giving higher prices at auctions. For example, the Huampaní mini hydroelectric power station was a winner in this year's auction, obtaining a price of 58 USD per megawatt, when the normal price is around 20 USD. A 20-year contract at that price is certainly attractive.

How do you see the future of renewable energy in Peru?

We have a low percentage. Policies should aim to increase support for the energy matrix in renewable energy, as they do in Chile, where a standard allows a 12% share of renewables in the energy matrix. The standard also states that must the share must reach 70% by 2035 and 100% by 2050. We, on the other hand, have the paradigm of using thermal energy because we have the Camisea gas, which at some point will run out. Renewable will be more comfortable in the long term. Peru has great resources; it is a rich country that can grow by developing its sources of renewable energy. We are going to get there, we are in a transition period. Therefore, the arrival of Enel Green Power to Enel Generación Perú means to me a great hope of being able to grow. Enel is the first and only company that has ventured into renewable energy in the country.

What is your dream, your ultimate goal?

I would like to innovate in the development of renewable energies. In China, photovoltaic solar energy travels through trolley travel bags to meet the needs of industrial project camps. Developing that kind of technology here would be ideal.