The Energy Systems Integration Group (ESIG), formerly known as Utility Wind Integration Group (UWIG), is a non-profit organisation established in 1989 and headquartered in the United States of America. It focuses on promoting the sharing and distribution of data, research, analysis, operating knowledge and planning of energy systems, towards the grid and energy systems transformation. Recently, the ESIG awarded Ricardo Bessa, senior researcher and coordinator of INESC TEC’s Centre for Power and Energy Systems (CPES), the Excellence Award for “contributions to advances in renewable energy forecasting and development of renewable energy forecasting systems”. This award acknowledges professionals who have made outstanding personal and professional contributions to the renewable energy sector, namely concerning the decarbonisation of the energy system.
“It is an international recognition for the fundamental and applied research work that I have been developing at INESC TEC since 2006, in the area of renewable production forecasting, with the main objectives of transferring R&D results to companies and promoting the integration of forecasting (and uncertainty) in the operation of the energy system and electricity markets,” said Ricardo Bessa. According to the researcher, the country’s investment in the field of renewable energy “has not only accelerated the energy transition but has also stimulated technological advances in the National Scientific and Technological System and companies, which fortunately have been valued by organisations such as the ESIG”.
In this year’s edition, ESIG granted 25 Excellence Awards to experts from all over the world. The awards ceremony took place during ESIG’s Spring Technical Workshop, on March 24, in Tucson, Arizona.
The INESC TEC researcher mentioned in this news piece is associated with INESC TEC.