Soon, more and more energy system operators will be able to reliably maximise the share of renewable energy on the grid not just from their own modelling and forecasts but through a data market that combines information from one another. This ‘collaborative forecast’ is the result of Carla’s PhD research in Applied Mathematics and her postdoctoral research at INESC TEC in Porto.
Carla draws inspiration from mathematics to advance the energy transition. Already at her young age and in addition to her pending patent, Carla has published five journal papers and six international conference papers. Although an academic by profession, she collaborates often with industry and validates her proposals in real use cases. Currently Carla’s focus is on the Smart4RES project, funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, where she is advancing data privacy and data markets to enhance cooperation for renewable energy generation forecasts and in predicting extreme generation events. In 2021, the prototype for this data market was one of five finalists in the EIT Jumpstarter 2021.
In increasing renewable energy use in Europe through data sharing, Carla is contributing to both the EU’s renewable energy directive as well as the digitalisation of the European energy system. Through her work, she is delivering on the European Green Deal, and more urgently, supporting the REPowerEU Plan to accelerate the clean energy transition and increase Europe’s energy independence.
The incoming generation ushers in clean energy for Europe
Carla Silva Gonçalves is one of three finalists shortlisted for the European Sustainable Energy Awards 2022 in the Young Energy Trailblazer category. The award recognises people under the age of 35 carrying out outstanding activities that advance the clean energy transition in Europe and inspire ambitious climate and energy action. The other finalists in the Young Energy Trailblazer category are Marie Jeanmougin and Timea Farkas.
Marie Jeanmougin is a 30-year-old engineer establishing a blueprint for high-impact energy-efficient building renovations in France. Timea Farkas is a 25-year-old research engineer and PhD candidate from Romania whose engagement in three EU-funded projects is improving energy efficiency among SMEs.