The growing need to contribute for a sustainable and low-carbon economy has created pressure for a better energy harvesting and usage, thus resulting in challenges for the current state of the energy sector.

Contributing to mitigate these challenges, 16 scientists from the Energy for Sustainability Initiative of the University of Coimbra, mostly current and former PhD students of the Sustainable Energy Systems Doctoral Program published last Friday, July 27, the result of a broad-based research marking the path to a more sustainable energy future. The work was approved for publication in the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews international journal and is available in the following link (

This research results from a multidisciplinary collaboration through which interconnections between various energy systems were considered, taking into account social, economic and environmental aspects. This work addresses the need and the importance of investing in energy efficiency, and indicates as well the interest in developing new technologies and increasing the use of renewable energies.

Topics covered include:

  • the adaptation of electricity markets and associated infrastructure to the growing contribution of renewable energy;
  • the evolution of city dynamics, looking at transport, buildings and commuting;
  • the implementation of energy communities;
  • the spread of electric vehicles and the importance of bioenergy and biofuels.

This broad, factual and multidisciplinary research contributes for the frontier of knowledge advance on a set of themes that can aims to achieve a more sustainable future, with relevant content for scientists, companies, policy makers and entrepreneurs. This research also contributes to strengthening the value of multidisciplinarity that moves the Energy for Sustainability Initiative of the University of Coimbra founded 12 years ago.

Full Paper:

Soares, N., Martins, A., Carvalho, A., Caldeira, C., Du, C., & Castanheira, É. et al. (2018). The challenging paradigm of interrelated energy systems towards a more sustainable future. Renewable And Sustainable Energy Reviews, 95, 171-193. doi: 10.1016/j.rser.2018.07.023