Cristina DominguezCountry of origin: Guatemala Currently in: Switzerland, Zürich General field of specialization: Engineering sciences
Degrees2017 Master Engineering sciences
Current Research Activities
My current research is focused on developing a data-driven geo-spatial methodology to forecast the energy demand of rural households in developing countries to support the planning and desing of electrification projects. My research interests include: - Energy demand modelling applying hybrid approaches (bottom-up and top-down) - Stochastic modelling of human behavior - Energy transition paths in developing countries - Optimal planning, design and operation of off-grid renewable energy systems
Publications resulting from Research:
• Dominguez, C., Orehounig, K., & Carmeliet, J. (2020). Estimating the energy demand of rural households in
developing countries and its evolution in time by applying a data-driven geospatial approach. Applied energy. In
• Dominguez, C., Orehounig, K., & Carmeliet, J. (2020). Determining the lighting consumption of rural households
in Tanzania by applying a data-driven geospatial characterization of occupant behavior. Energy and Buildings. Submitted.
• Dominguez, C., Orehounig, K., & Carmeliet, J. (2020). Roadmap towards a clean energy transition in rural areas
and the post-electrification effects. Energy for sustainable development. Submitted.
• Dominguez, C., Orehounig, K., & Carmeliet, J. (2019). Modelling of rural electrical appliances saturation in
developing countries to project their electricity demand: A case study of sub-Saharan Africa. International Journal
of Sustainable Energy Planning and Management. Vol. 22 2019 5–16, Aalborg University, Denmark.
• Dominguez, C., Orehounig, K., & Carmeliet, J. (2018). One step further for electrifying rural households in Africa:
A novel electricity demand modelling approach. Building Simulation and Optimization Conference (BSO),
Cambridge, United Kingdom.
• Dominguez, C., Orehounig, K., & Carmeliet, J. (2018). Facilitating solar-based rural electrification projects in
South Africa by applying a bottom-up energy demand modelling approach. Southern African Solar Energy
Conference (SASEC), Durban, South Africa.
Current professionCurrent professional activities type:Higher Education StudyIn the final months of obtaining a PhD in the field of Mechanical and Process Engineering, especialized in Energy.
Workshop and Conference Attended2018 University of Cambridge, United Kingdom Conference: Building Simulation and Optimization Conference (BSO)2018 Durban, South Africa Conference: Southern African Solar Energy Conference (SASEC)2018 Guimaraes, Portugal Conference: 31st International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems2019 Guatemala, Guatemala Conference: Converciencia
AffiliationsSwiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich)Swiss Federal Laboratories of Material Sciences and Technology (Empa)
Other AwardsMay 2015Education for Sustainable Energy Development ScholarshipFull 2-years scholarship to complete my Erasmus+ double degree master in science in Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (Spain) and Institut Mines-Telecom Nantes (France).Oct 2019Seed Money Grant 2019Awarded with a Seed Money Grant from the Lighthouse for the Latin America Region of the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, to develop the project: Development of a Framework for Planning Clean Energy Access Solutions in Central America, with a case study in Guatemala. This project is being performed in collaboration with ETH Zurich, Empa and Universidad del Valle de Guatemala.