The Company has sponsored this activity as part of the International Year of Light.
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The head professor of the Optics area at the University of Santiago de Compostela and secretary of the Physics Faculty board, Elena López Lago, presented the conference ‘Light-based Technologies: achievements and challenges in the era of the photon’, an activity sponsored by Red Eléctrica de España within the framework of the International Year of Light and the thirtieth anniversary of the Company.
The event was attended by the Rector of the University, Juan Viaño; the Dean of the Physics Faculty and Director of the Masters’ Degree in Renewable Energy, Luis Miguel Varela, and the Regional Delegate for Red Eléctrica in Galicia, Carlos González Patiño, in addition to numerous teachers and students.
Professor López Lago in her speech looked back at the great scientific achievements that have taken place in the last 50 years and which have revolutionised lighting, telecommunication systems and medicine: the technologies of solid-state lighting, whose best-known representatives are the LED, fibre optics and the optical microscope.
Professor López Lago is the author of fifty scientific publications, as well as many other contributions to conferences. She has participated in fourteen research projects, one of them at a European level, and in three thematic networks. Throughout her research career, she has worked mainly with the Spanish universities of Vigo, La Coruña and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia; as well as the Helsinki and Turku Universities in Finland, the University of Brescia in Italy, the University of Limoges, Rennes University and the University Pierre et Marie Curie in France, and the Institute of Optics of Warsaw in Poland.
Red Eléctrica de España, sole transmission agent and operator of the Spanish electricity system, collaborates with the University of Santiago de Compostela in the Masters’ Degree in Renewable Energy of the Physics Faculty, combining lectures with visits to Company facilities, primarily Red Eléctrica’s 400/220 kV Mesón do Vento substation in La Coruña.