Mauricio is Professor at the Industrial Engineering Graduate Program (PPGEP-UFSC) and his research aims at studying sustainable energy transitions (e.g. renewables and electrified transportation).
Sinergia is the Group on Sustainability and Innovation in Renewable Energies from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) with researchers from the Florianopolis Campus, Blumenau Campus and from other Institutions from Brazil and overseas. It is oriented at studying the major global transitions that shape our time, which is: the energy transition towards renewables and the sustainability transitions towards clean technologies. Its research aims at understanding how such transitions can speed up; analyzing the current techno-economic paradigms shaping energy and sustainability transitions, and proposing new and/or better solutions and policies towards its goal.
Our research looks for answers to a more sustainable energy transition by studying how renewable energies are developed, diffused and deployed in Brazil and other developing countries. We do so by applying different tools, methodologies and theoretical frameworks.
The Innovation Systems approach give the overall framework by which renewable energy diffusion is a complex issue which depends not only of technological factors but also of political, economic and social ones.
Systems dynamics modeling enables both a qualitative and a quantitative understanding of complex issues, allowing to find answers at different analytical levels.
Through foresight, it offers a lense of multiple possible and viable scenarios which are the outcome of decisions and policies at present time and which can influence the future in different ways.
Bibliometrics and scientometrics allow to assess quantitatively the state of art of a specific scientific field. In the case of renewable energy technologies, advances are seen constantly and therefore it is important to keep pace of them.
Patent counts help assessing the state of technological development of a particular technology. It can measure the performance of the innovation system by means of the growth of patenting.
Agent-based Modeling allows to elicit agents micro-behavior, such as of consumers of a renewable energy technology. It can be used in conjunction by system dynamics in order to develop robust hibrid models.
Our team is composed by undergraduate students, master students, doctoral students, post-docs, national and international colleagues with competencies and skills in the various theoretical frameworks, methodologies and tools we use, such as system dynamics, innovation systems, foresight and bibliometrics.
Tainara received a bachelor degree in Production Engineering from the URI – Campus of Erechim. She is currently a master student in Production Engineering at UFSC. Her research interests include system dynamics, renewable energy and electric mobility.
Isaac is a PhD in Decision Sciences from London Business School and Full Professor in the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogotá, Colombia. His research interests are system dynamics and energy markets. He has published more that 170 research articles in different peer-review journals.
Kleber is Master’s degree candidate at UFSC, he is currently manager of Latin American Branch of Eletrobras based in Uruguay, having more than 10 years of experience in the Energy Sector. His research interests are system dynamics, renewable energy and solar energy.
Viviane is a Doctoral student in Production Engineering at UFSC. She holds a Master’s degree in Knowledge Management Engineering from UFSC. Her research interest includes circular economy, eco-innovation and new product development.
Cláudia is Engineering and Knowledge Management Dr. (UFSC) and Master in Management (UFRGS), Communication bachelor, undergraduate in Geography. She is currently pos-doc researcher at UFSC – PPGEP. She carries out research in Sustainability since 1994.
Claudia V. Viegas
Timothy will be a postdoctoral researcher at UFSC. He holds a PhD in Community Sustainability from Michigan State University (USA). He is currently a behavioral and systems modeler at Michigan State University. He has +8 years’ experience in international agricultural development. His research interests include system dynamics, econometrics, and agroecology.
Tiago has a bachelor degree in Business Management, Electric Cars professional certificate by Delft TU and is currently a master student in Production Engineering at UFSC. His research interests includes renewable energy, system dynamics and electric mobility.
Tiago F. Luna
Rafael is a PhD candidate in Production Engineering at UFSC and holds a Master’s degree in Production Engineering from the Federal University of Santa Maria. His research interests include renewable energy, system dynamics, solar energy, and electric mobility.
Milton is a PhD candidate in Model based policy and public management at University of Palermo, Italy and Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Colombia. His research interests are system dynamics, renewable energy, sustainable policy and energy supply chain.
Milton M. Herrera
Jéssica holds a Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from the Federal University of Santa Catarina. Currently, she is a Master student in Production Engineering (UFSC). Her research interests include circular economy, socio-technical transitions and biogas.
Jessica C. Sobczak
Janaina is a Civil and Environmental Engineer, currently is a Master Student in Production Engineering at UFSC with a focus on Renewable Energies.
Sara is a Senior Lecturer at Stellenbosch University (South Africa), her research interests are in the area of innovation and technology management with a specific focus on innovation systems and innovation for inclusive development
Sara S. Grobbelaar
Cosme holds a Bachelor’s degree in Production Engineering and is currently a master student in Production Engineering at UFSC. His research interest is directed to renewable gaseous fuels such as biogas and biomethane, but also encompass system dynamics, socio-technical transitions and natural gas.
Caroline is PhD in Industrial Engineering and Post-Doc at PPGEP-UFSC. Currently, she is Permanent Professor at UFSC, Blumenau Campus, Department of Engineering and at the Industrial Engineering Graduate Program (PPGEP). Her research interests are focused on the use of eco-innovation, LCA and bibliometrics to study the growth of clean technologies (hybrid and electric cars, solar and wind). More details here.