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Daniel Daví wins the José Manuel Blecua Prize

Dr Daniel Daví, who completed his PhD thesis at the IEB, has received the José Manuel Blecua prize for the best article published in a recognized journal in the field of humanities and social sciences. The prize is awarded by the Social Council of the University of Barcelona (UB) and the Bosch i Gimpera Foundation.

The article, which was published in the journal Energy Policy, is titled Analysing electricity flows and congestions: Looking at locational patterns. The study examines the various electricity generation technologies in operation in Spain and assesses whether their location is efficient with respect to the consumption points. Dr Daví’s research analyses electrical flows using gravity models, a methodology that is often applied to measure trade flows between countries, but rarely used for the analysis of electrical flows.

The study concludes that the location of combined cycles and cogeneration is highly efficient, but that wind generation sites are concentrated in regions at a considerable distance from the main consumption centres.

The article itself proposes the introduction of location incentives in policies for promoting renewable energy, in order to promote a better distribution and balance of technologies throughout the country. This would also make it possible to exploit the current capacity of the electricity grid more effectively.

Daniel Daví’s thesis was supervised by the Emeritus Professor of Economics and IEB researcher María Teresa Costa and by Elsa Trujillo from the University of Lleida.