Rafael Carnicero graduated as an Engineer in Automation and Industrial Electronics from the University of Valladolid in 2004, having graduated as a Technical and Industrial Engineer (specializing in Industrial Electronics) from the same university in 2001. He also has an online Master’s Degree in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ISO 50001).
Since 2011 Rafael has worked at CIEMAT’s Wind Energy Unit, where he is a Test Technician for the LE2 accredited wind-testing laboratory. CIEMAT uses this facility for testing the power curve and acoustic noise emissions of wind turbines, as well as the duration, safety and operation of small wind turbines. He has also worked as an internal auditor for the Centre’s continuous quality process, during the course of which he carried out a number of internal audits of the laboratory.
Currently, he is conducting tests on wind turbine blades of up to 10 metres in length, and is setting up a series of generator banks in order to conduct various tests on wind turbines with a power rating of up to 100 kW.
The main focus of Rafael’s work has been the integration of renewable energy sources (wind, solar, photovoltaic) into the power grid, including the setting-up of small wind turbines and small-scale photovoltaic plants. He has also worked on projects to monitor the operation of lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries.
In recent years he has presented papers at conferences on renewable energy, including SWAT 2013 on the acoustic testing of wind turbines.