The Sustainable Energy Systems Doctoral Program (SES PhD) is a three- to four-year degree jointly offered at each of the Portuguese Institutions participating in the MIT Portugal Sustainable Energy Systems Program. The objective of the PhD Program on Sustainable Energy Systems is to use a multi-disciplinary approach to educate a new generation of sustainability-aware leaders with expertise in energy systems and economics. A focus on energy system design and analysis, research, and leadership and entrepreneurship provides graduates with the tools to be at the forefront of sustainable energy systems development.
The symposium will occur within the parallel sessions of the Doctoral Congress in Engineering and it will be an excellent opportunity to share ongoing work or results of PhD or Master’s thesis.
Selected works will be given the chance to publish full papers in the U. Porto Journal of Engineering. The announcement of the selected abstracts will be made after the congress, along with further instructions for the authors.


The symposium on Sustainable Energy Systems welcomes the submission of abstracts in the following topics of interest:
Smart Grid Environments
The Smart Grid chapter welcomes contributions towards advanced energy carrier infrastructures such as gas, electricity or district heating/cooling networks. This topic also includes a wide range of works directed to demand response, storages, control and protection procedures as well as operational planning.
In addition to that, this chapter is dedicated to the increased use of “big data” for the efficient planning and operation of energy networks as well as their use for estimating response flexibilities.
Urban design and Communities
The “Urban design and Communities” topic does include energy analysis and planning frameworks from macroscopic standpoint, including mobility, and energy-oriented urban studies on regional down to neighbourhood level and respective actual experiences and best practices.
Buildings and End-uses
This section welcomes contributions on the energy consumption of buildings and end-uses, integrating design and planning approaches as well as the buildings’ thermal behaviour, energy management systems, end-use appliances and consumer behaviour.
Policy and assessment
The “Policy and assessment” chapter aggregates energy markets and their regulative frameworks, energy policies and sustainable development, urban metabolism as well as the various tools in use for impact analysis (e.g. LCA, MDCA among others).
Cleaner energy supply
Advances in the development and application of renewable energy technologies and enhanced energy conversion technologies are grouped together to this last chapter This includes also the existing mix of technologies available as well as energy efficiency measures.



Registration is mandatory for all participants.

Click here for information regarding the registration process.

The Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Energy Systems covers the Doctoral Congress of Engineering registration fees for students of FEUP enrolled in this Doctoral Programme who register by May 26th. Please contact Célia Couto (ccouto@fe.up.pt) before proceed with registration.


Submission – Instructions for authors

Abstracts must be in English and formatted according to this template with a maximum length of 2 pages.

At least one of the authors is required to attend the symposium to present the abstract in order for it to be further included in the symposium proceedings.
Accepted abstracts must prepare a 15-min. oral presentation (including 5 min. for discussion) or prepare a poster. More details will be provided later on.

Check the Symposium Book of Abstracts here: BoASSE



Opening speaker
Clito Afonso, Chair of the Symposium on Sustainable Energy Systems

Invited Speaker
Eduardo de Oliveira Fernandes (Emeritus Professor of the University of Porto) ‘Sustainable Energy?’ link for doc.

Timeline Presentations Room

Session 1



· Kashif Mushtaq, Syed Asad Ali Zaidi and Syed Jawid Askari. Financial aspect for commercial production of portable biogas plant in Pakistan #13

· António Coelho, Filipe Soares, Carlos Moreira and Bernardo Silva. Primary Frequency Control in Future Power Systems #129

· Antonio Barbosa, Filipe Soares, Jose Iria, Antonio Coelho and Fernando Cassola. Project GReSBAS, initial installation of a test site #196

· Fabian Heymann, Filipe Joel Soares and Vladimiro Miranda. Integrated Spatial load forecasting for Distribution Network Planning #90




13:00h – 14:30h Lunch break FEUP premises

Session 2








· Alda Henriques, Pedro Amorim, Ana Camanho, Milton Fontes and Gabriel Silva. Performance assessment of wastewater treatment plants using Data Envelopment Analysis #20

· Kashif Mushtaq, Asad A. Zaidi and Muhammad Asif. Development of natural fiber reinforced polymer composite as sustainable construction material #70

· Bruna Tavares and Filipe Soares. Potential of Demand Flexibility to Enhance Distribution Grids Operation #62

· Jorge Filipe. Profitability of Variable Speed Pump-Storage-Power in Frequency Restoration Reserve #205   PRESENTATION AWARDED

· Nuno Fonseca, André Madureira, Filipe Soares, Bruna Tavares, Fabian Heymann and Ricardo Ferreira. Defining Planning and Operation Guidelines for European Smart Distribution Systems #140

· Golnar Hejazi, Christian Wimmler, Eduardo De Oliveira Fernandes and Manuel Matos. Integrated energy solutions towards sustainable isolated communities #145

· Kashif Mushtaq, Asad A. Zaidi and Muhammad Asif. Designing and fabrication of a portable water purification system for remote regions and disaster affected areas #71

· Gil Sampaio, Ricardo Bessa, Jorge Pereira and Vladimiro Miranda. State Estimation Based on Smoothing Techniques #207



Symposium Committee

  • Clito Afonso | FEUP (Chair of Symposium)
  • Manuel Matos | FEUP/INESC Porto
  • Eduardo de Oliveira Fernandes | FEUP
  • João Peças Lopes | FEUP/INESC Porto
  • Vítor Leal | FEUP
  • Gil Sampaio | PhD candidate| FEUP/INESC Porto
  • Fabian Heymann | PhD candidate| FEUP/INESC Porto
  • Xudong Zhao | University of Hull