Certificate of Advanced Study at UNLaM Energy and Sustainable Development – Tools to put them into practice.

The course is organized by: The department of Engineering and Technological Research (DIIT) at National University of La Matanza (UNLaM) and Engineering Without Borders Argentina (EWB-Ar).
Actors involved:  Colectando Sol, 500RPM, and stove makers Pablo and Ramiro.


The general goal is to contribute to the training of participants by providing them with the knowledge and tools related to renewable energies, within the conceptual framework of sustainable development. Also, the general goal is to contribute to a better understanding of the global, regional and mostly, local situation in relation to energy sources, uses, markers, trends and regulatory framework.  This goal also involves providing a place to share experiences related to energy and sustainable development in their multiple dimensions and to open the university environment to all those community members interested in the field.


This certificate of study is directed to anyone interested in energy, especially in renewable energy systems, within the sustainable development framework.


This is a fee based course, and it is open to the community. A high school degree is required.


Duration: 4 months.
1.) Weekly in-person lessons with conceptual development and technologically based social projects’ analysis. These lessons include the participation of EWB-Ar: Wednesdays from 19:30 to 22:30.
2.) Monthly in-person workshops to apply the acquired knowledge: Saturdays from 10:00 to 18:00.
The course offers 86 hours of training.
Location: National University of La Matanza (UNlaM): Florencio Varela 1903, San Justo, Buenos Aires.
Start Date: June 29th 2016


Fee: $7,200 ARS / It can be paid in 4 installments of $1,800 ARS.
Students and graduates of the UNLaM: 15% discount


Sustainable Development and Ethical Development: Value framework – Actors, Alliances and Legal framework.
Technology and society Development and sustainability: conceptual framework and schools of thought.  Local development. Social, environmental and economic crisis. Inequality. Law approach. Social actors, alliances.
Context based diagnosis.
Contextualization and analysis of scenarios.  Problematization Perspectives and mental models.  Communication with key actors and strategies for implementation.
Energy and Sustainability.
Basic concepts. Energy sources: history, actuality and their potentials Sources of energy, energetic potential, consumption and world indexes by region and by country.
Climate Change. Trends, technological development and challenges.
Balance, diversification and sovereignty of the energy matrix.  Rural electrification.  Actors of the energetic field and the Legal framework.  Accessibility and costs.
Responsible consumption: energetic efficiency.
Solar Energy. 
Solar energy resource.  Introduction to thermal and photovoltaic solar energies.  Components, typical installations, available materials and technologies Tools for measurement and information. Maintenance aspects.
Biomass Energy.
Combustion myths, types of combustion.  Calorific value of wood.  Combustion chambers. Furnace, Rumsford, woodstove, double combustion metallic stove, Rocket J, Rocket L.
Rocket J: a more social stove. Dimensions and proportions.  Heat production of a Rocket.  Used and recommended materials.
Wind Energy.
Wind power, power curve, resource maps, calculation of generated energy.  Feasible regions and conditions for emplacement. Low scale and self-made equipment.  Wind turbine functioning.  Electric board.  Battery Bank.  Towers.  Costs and comparisons.  Equipment, technological and maintenance systems.
Low Power Hydro-electrical Energy.
Concepts Environmental impact on huge facilities.  Presentation of a case study.
Energetic Efficiency and Security. Costs of Renewable Energy systems.  
Concepts of energetic efficiency and security aspects in facilities.  Energy consumption to produce renewable energy systems.  Costs. Myths and legends.
Social Analysis – Survey Tools.
The role of the social worker. Mental models. Scenario analysis. Study of actors. Communication with social groups Problematization Registration of projects and processes.
Building of a Solar Thermal Collector.
Demonstration of equipment and tools.  Different types of collectors (Flat-plate, evacuated tubes collectors, others). Building of a Solar Thermal Collector.
Use of a Solar Photovoltaic System.
Demonstration of equipment and tools (practice with a photovoltaic system, energetic efficiency case).  Construction of a photovoltaic device.
Building of a Rocket “J” Stove.
Demonstration of equipment and tools. Building of a Rocket J stove with bricks stuck together with mud, an inverted steel drum, a combustion chamber and a mass bank.
Building of a Small Wind Generator.
Demonstration of equipment and tools. Parts, building of a small wind generator from prefabricated parts, tests.


Academic Coordinator
Agustín J. Lohigorry
He has a degree in Systems Analysis (UBA). He has a degree in Systems Analysis (UBA). He has a Master’s degree in Strategic and Technological Management (ITBA-EOI). He holds a Diploma in Technology and Energy Management (UTN). He specializes in project management and office projects (Systems and Industry). He is the technical consultant of the department of Engineering and Technological Research (DIIT) at UNLaM and is currently participating in the training program for Energetic Leadership (CACME). He is an amateur brewer. He is the co-coordinator of the Energy department of Engineering Without Borders Argentina.
Diego M. Benitez. He is a Construction Engineer and Civil Engineer (UNLP). He has a postgraduate degree in Design, Planning and Construction of Electrical Energy Transmission Systems at High Voltage (Catholic University of Salta, ATEERA and CFEE) and has participated in the postgraduate course on Strategic Management of Social Projects (UTN and EWB-Ar). He worked at UESTY (Special Unit of Yacyretá Transmission System), CFEE (Federal Electric Power Council), Ministry of Energy and Construction of High Voltage Power Lines and Transformer Stations. He is the project coordinator of the Energy department of Engineering Without Borders Argentina.
Julio Carlos Bertua. He has a degree in Physical Sciences (UBA). He specializes in technology and innovation management (UNTREF). He is a school teacher (San Justo National Normal School). He is trained in Finance, Business Management and Administration, Technological basis for Energetic administration, Energy Optimization and Management, Energy Competitiveness and Security, Energy and Environment (CEPADE). He teaches Algebra and Analytic Geometry I and II and Probability and Statistics (DIIT – UNLaM). He also teaches at the admission course (UNLaM).
Estela Cammarota. She is an Industrial Engineer (UBA – University of Buenos Aires), knowledgeable in Situational Strategic Planning, Social Psychology of Organizations, Mediation and Sustainable Development. She has a Postgraduate degree in Perverse Social Systems and Social Management (FCE – UBA). She is an organizational consultant and trainer in private and public sectors. She worked for the National, Provincial, and Local governments. Moreover, she is a former consultant to international Organizations and  a researcher at UBACyT and CIC. She is also a professor at the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires and coordinates the participation of such institution in the University Studies Centers within the Prison system. She is a master’s degrees’ lecturer at several universities She is in charge of the postgraduate course ‘Strategic Management of Social Projects: towards sustainable development’ at the National Technological University (UTN) and a member of the Board of Directors of Engineering Without Borders Argentina.
Pablo A. di Pasquo. He is an Electric Engineer (UBA), specialized in renewable energies and corporate social responsibility.  Wind, photovoltaic solar and thermic power intervention and project development with biofuels for GENREN I biddings. He collaborated in the design and construction of the 7MW photovoltaic solar plant in Cañada Honda, San Juan. He is currently collaborating in the development of projects to build photovoltaic solar energy systems and in the Energy department at Engineering Without Borders Argentina.
Luis Enrique Fauroux. He is a Chemical Engineer (UTN-BA) and has a master´s degree in Environmental Management (UNLaM). He is a General Chemistry professor and researcher (DIIT-UNLaM). He models solar flat collectors with GAMS.  Analysis and design (COINI 2013). Economic assessment of implementation at low scale (COINI 2014). Experimental validation (2013-2014). He is the director and member of projects related to the environment or posing an environmental risk.
María Marta Guida. Customs officer (Argentine Chamber of Commerce). Specialist in Application of Renewable Energies (FUNIBER). She is a member of the Energetic Leadership Community of the Argentine Committee of the World Energy Council.  She has a diploma in Energy and Sustainable Development (EWB-Ar and UNLaM) and has attended a training course on climate change (RAMCC). She is the director of EnerGuida S.A., a company dedicated to the development, diffusion and application of photovoltaic energy.
Adán J. Levy. He is a Mechanical Engineer (UBA). He is a pre-school teacher (Eccleston), and a university lecturer at UTN-FRBA (Finite Elements) and in Devoto prison. He is an independent consultant on process management and production planning. He is the chairman of Engineering Without Borders Argentina.
Leandro Magri. He is a Chemical Engineer and is currently studying to obtain a master’s degree in Renewable Energies (UTN).  He has work experience in sewage and water treatment, industrial services and process control. He is an independent writer for digital and printed media about renewable energies. He is co-founder and general director of “Colectando Sol”, an initiative committed to the development, distribution and application of solar technologies with a social focus.
Iciar Matilde Olocco y Garcia. She has a Bachelor in Computer Systems (UM). She holds a degree in Tourism (UM). She has a master’s degree in Tourism Management (IUP Spain). She holds a postgraduate degree in Community Manager (IOE, University of Alcalá, Spain). She holds a postgraduate degree in Strategic Management of Social Projects (UTN and Engineering Without Borders Argentina). She is an accredited Technology Specialist (IBM and Open Group). She is Community Manager at Engineering Without Borders Argentina. She teaches at Morón University Tourism. She is also a pastry chef.
Pablo Orestes Kulbaba. He is a Mechanical Technician and an Electromechanical Engineer. He worked at Tenaris-Siderca, Emepa Chascomús and he is a founder member of 2PSI Engineering. He is currently working as a freelance engineer in the industrial heat industry. He is concerned with the diffusion of information about alternative energies, proper technologies, open source machines and manufacture at small scale. He participated in the design and building of masonry stoves. He is a member of the Facebook group ‘Mardelfuego’ and member of the Argentine Network of Stove Makers.
Esteban Van Dam. He is an Industrial Engineer (UBA – University of Buenos Aires). He holds a postgraduate degree in Wind Power Generation (UFLO-AAEE). He is currently studying to obtain a master´s degree in Renewable Energies with Wind Power specialization (UTN). He is the founder of “Eolocal” (manufacture and commercialization of low power wind generators) and co-founder of the organization 500RPM; he is a member of WindEmpowerment network (Rural Electrification for sustainable development). He teaches courses on manual construction of wind generators. He is an assistant teacher in the subject Professional Work (Industrial Engineering department at UBA).
Ramiro Jose Walti. Advanced student on the architecture (UNLP – National University of La Plata). Currently he develops projects and execution of works of architecture, both conventional bio-construction and construction, also designer and implementer of different objects of industrial design and art. Facilitator of workshops related to the diffusion and realization of concepts related to the optimization of natural and local resources. Participates in the design and construction of rocket stoves and furnaces for ceramics.
Natalia Zlachevsky. She has a degree in and is a professor of Anthropological Sciences with a sociocultural orientation (UBA). She is the coordinator of technology and society related programs in different organizations of the civil society. She teaches social work at the National University of Moreno (UNM). She is a founding member and the director of institutional development of Engineering Without Borders Argentina.