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Feb 2, 2021

Developing countries offer enormous market potential for long-duration energy storage

By Sandra Chavez

Achieving deep decarbonization requires energy storage that can store more power for longer durations. Lithium-ion batteries, thus far, have played a key role in supporting the integration of renewable energy resources into the electric grid. But as the share of variable renewable energy in power systems grows around the world, new energy technologies that can store electricity for longer durations at low cost are needed. Developing countries present enormous market opportunities for innovative long-duration energy storage technologies that can support the integration of greater shares of variable renewable energy into weak power grids, replace diesel generators, and provide seasonal balancing.

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions


Jul 8, 2020

Distributed solar and batteries will power a more inclusive economic recovery in developing countries

By Sandra Chavez

A reliable supply of electricity is crucial for responding to the COVID-19 health crisis and boosting economic activity. Governments in many developing countries already struggle to provide their citizens with enough high-quality electricity to satisfy demand. The additional constraints the COVID-19 crisis places upon utilities, and national economies in general, can make the delivery of reliable electricity even harder. However, distributed solar energy and battery storage can provide reliable, affordable, and pollution-free power globally, while also creating jobs that incorporate local talent—especially from groups underrepresented in the labor market such as women and low-income workers.

Coronavirus Energy & Environment

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Apr 8, 2020

Atlantic Council Announces 2020-2021 Women Leaders in Energy Fellowship Class

WASHINGTON, DC – April 8, 2020 – The Atlantic Council Global Energy Center announced today the selection of its 2020-2021 class of fellows for its Women Leaders in Energy Fellowship. The Fellowship is a one-year, nonresident program for early to mid-career rising women leaders in the energy and climate field with an interest in policy. […]

Energy & Environment

Sandra is a renewable energy engineer working in international development with a focus in energy and storage systems, power sector regulation, and climate finance. She is a consultant at the World Bank’s Energy Management Assistance Program in the solar energy and energy storage teams. She supports the secretariat of the new global Energy Storage Partnership comprised of thirty-five organizations accelerating the deployment of energy storage solutions in developing countries.

In her seven years of professional experience, Sandra has worked for the International Renewable Energy Agency (United Arab Emirates), Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (France), Tetra Tech (USA), Mexican Solar Energy Association (Mexico), and GIZ (Mozambique), among others.

Sandra holds a MSc in Renewable Energy from the University of Oldenburg and an Industrial Engineering degree from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; and certifications in Power Sector Regulation from the Florence School of Regulation and Climate and Renewable Energy Finance from Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. Sandra speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and is learning French.