Workshop – “Energy Storage Solutions”


Dear Colleagues,

It is with immense pleasure that we invite you to the Workshop “Energy Storage Solutions”, which will be held at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto on the 12th of September 2019. This Workshop will focus on different solar energy harvesting and storage solutions, from an academic to an industrial point of view.

“Energy Storage Solutions” Workshop counts with several renowned speakers in their respective fields, with 15-20 minutes oral presentations, followed by short discussions. At the end of the presentations, a laboratory visit will take place. More information on the invited speakers and their oral communications can be found bellow. 


Invited speakers (in constant update)

Prof. Carlos Tavares – Department of Physics, University of Minho, Portugal

Carlos José Macedo Tavares obtained the following degrees: Degree in Physics – Branch of Materials, awarded by the University of Aveiro on July 15, 1994. Master, awarded by the University of Aveiro on October 20, 1997, referring to the Master in Applied Physics of the Department of Physics of Aveiro University. PhD in Sciences – Specialization in Physics, awarded by the University of Minho on May 16, 2002. The current position has been Assistant Professor since May 16, 2002, at the Department of Physics of the University of Minho. He is also Director of Materials Characterization Services at the University of Minho (SEMAT / UM). Since 2015, President of the Portuguese Vacuum Society (SOPORVAC).

Presentation: Transparent Thermoelectric Thin Films for Solar Applications

Prof. Pedro Salomé – Micro and Nanofabrication Department, International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Portugal

Pedro Salomé received his Diploma in Physics Engineering and Doctoral degree in the field of Applied Physics from the University of Aveiro, Portugal, in 2006 and 2011, respectively. During his PhD studies, he worked with growth and characterization of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 and Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 thin films for solar cells and he performed short research stays at the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, Germany, and at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. From February 2011 to February 2013, already holding a PhD, he was the project manager of an industrial collaboration between the Ångström Solar Center, at Uppsala University, Sweden, and Corning Inc., USA. He was awarded an Individual Intra European (IEF) Marie Curie and moved to the International Iberian nanotechnology laboratory (INL), where he is now leader of the group Nanofabrication for Optoelectronic applications.

                                                  Presentation: The need for high efficiency solar modules and the case of Cu(In,Ga)Se2

Prof. Manuel Mendes – University NOVA of Lisbon, Portugal

Manuel J. Mendes, PhD in 2012 by the Instituto de Energía Solar of Univiversity Politécnica de Madrid, is now Assistant Professor at University NOVA de Lisboa and Senior Researcher at CENIMAT-i3N, working in the field of light management for photovoltaics. He has been involved in 17 national and 8 international projects, being PI in 1 national (SuPerSolar) and 1 European (DIELECTRIC PV) project as well as institution responsible plus WP leader in 3 national and 1 H2020-RIA European project entitled APOLO – aimed at developing photonic-enhanced flexible Perovskite solar cells for building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV).

Presentation: Photonic-enhanced Flexible Photovoltaics     


Dr. Matthew Mayer – Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin,Germany

Dr. Matthew T. Mayer is a group leader at the Helmholtz Center Berlin for Materials and Energy (HZB) since 2017, where he leads research activities on electrocatalytic and photoelectrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide into valuable products. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2013 from Boston College where he worked on nanostructures and thin films for solar energy conversion applications. For the next four years he worked as postdoctoral scientist and Solar Fuels sub-group leader at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland in the institute of Prof. Michael Grätzel, leading the group’s efforts in the European projects PECDEMO and PHOCS. In 2017 he earned a Helmholtz Young Investigators Group fellowship (1.5M EUR) to initiate his independent research program in Berlin, Germany. His group focuses on electrocatalyst design and structure-function investigations using in situ analytic and spectroscopic techniques.

                                               Presentation: Transforming (photo)electrochemical activity using interfacial nano-layers

Søren Bødker – VisBlue

Søren Bødker is the CEO and co-founder of VisBlue, a Danish/Portuguese spinout company from Aarhus University and the University of Porto. In 1996, Søren concluded his bachelor degree in Common Electronic from Århus Teknikum and since then has acquired a vast experience as Market, Product and Business development manager in several companies and institutions such as KIRK Telecom, Dantherm Power and Aarhus University. In 2014, Søren concluded an E-MBA (MMT) from Aalborg Universitet and also co-founded VisBlue, the first and only Danish battery producer specialised in vanadium redox flow batteries.

Presentation: Visblue


Prof. Anders Bentien – Department of Engineering – Aarhus University, Denmark


Dr. Dzmitry Ivanou – Department of Chemical Engineering, Porto University, Portugal


Prof. Vasco Freitas – Department of Civil Engineering, Porto University, Portugal


Fábia Leal – A400, Porto, Portugal

Fábia Catarina Silva Leal obtained her Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering by the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto in July 2018. Shortly after the conclusion of her Master’s, Fábia worked as Intern Designer for A400 – Projetistas e Consultores de Engenharia, Lda., having been recently promoted to Junior Designer. At A400 Fábia is part of the mechanical installations department working essentially in dynamic simulation and energy analyses of buildings. She is involved in several projects looking to reduce building’s energy requirements and consumption applying the most innovative solutions in terms of building envelope, hvac systems and renewable energy technologies.

Presentation: Energy storage in buildings: A case study



There is no registration fee, but applications are limited to 70 participants. Two coffee breaks are included. To register, please follow the link below and fill in the form by August 31st. The organization will inform you of your acceptance no later than September 5th.

Register here


We hope to see you in Porto!

With kind regards,

Organizing committee



Organizing Committee

Adélio Mendes

João Azevedo

Paula Dias

Rita Arnaldo    

Telmo Lopes








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