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Title: The challenging paradigm of interrelated energy systems towards a more sustainable future
Authors: Soares, N. 
Martins, A.G. 
Carvalho, A.L. 
Caldeira, C. 
Du, C. 
Castanheira, É. 
Rodrigues, Eugénio 
Oliveira, G. 
Pereira, G.I. 
Bastos, J. 
Ferreira, J.P. 
Ribeiro, L.A. 
Figueiredo, N.C. 
Šahović, N. 
Miguel, P. 
Garcia, R. 
Keywords: Electricity markets; Electricity distribution; Industrial ecology tools; Urban planning; Electric vehicle; Bioenergy systems
Issue Date: Jul-2018
Publisher: Elsevier
Project: Ren4EEnIEQ (PTDC/EMS-ENE/3238/2014, POCI-01-0145-FEDER-016760, LISBOA-01-0145-FEDER-016760) 
PCMs4Buildings (PTDC/EMS-ENE/6079/2014 and POCI-01-0145-FEDER-016750) 
Abstract: This paper brings together several contemporary topics in energy systems aiming to provide a literature review based reflection on how several interrelated energy systems can contribute together to a more sustainable world. Some directions are discussed, such as the improvement of the energy efficiency and environmental performance of the systems, the development of new technologies, the increase of the use of renewable energy sources, the promotion of holistic and multidisciplinary studies, and the implementation of new management rules and "eco-friendly and sustainable" oriented policies at different scales. The interrelations of the diverse energy systems are also discussed in order to address their main social-economic-environmental impacts. The subjects covered include the assessment of the electricity market and its main players (demand, supply, distribution), the evaluation of some urban systems (buildings, transportation, commuting), the analysis of the implementation of renewable energy cooperatives, the discussion of the diffusion of the electric vehicle and the importance of new bioenergy systems. This paper also presents relevant research carried out in the framework of both the Energy for Sustainability Initiative of the University of Coimbra and the Sustainable Energy Systems focus area of the MIT-Portugal Program. To conclude, several research topics that should be addressed in the near future are proposed.
ISSN: 1364-0321
DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2018.07.023
Rights: openAccess
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