Background and activities
Raquel obtained a MSc degree in Engineering Physics from the Technical University of Lisbon in 2004 and a PhD degree in Industrial Ecology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2013. Her PhD research focused on the environmental assessment of energy systems, using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).
Raquel is currently a Research Coordinator at the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management, at NTNU, where she works with project development and coordination targetting international collaboration, with a special focus on the European Framework Programmes. She is also the coordinator for Sub-Programme SP5 (Sustainability, Techno-Economic Analysis, Public Acceptance) under EERA's Joint Programme Bioenergy.
Previously, Raquel held a position as advisor at Enova SF, a Norwegian governmental agency owned by the Ministry of Climate and Environment working towards the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, development of energy and climate technology and a strengthened security of supply in Norway. At Enova, Raquel was responsible for reporting the greenhouse gas effects of the measures receiving funding from the agency. She was also involved in collaborative projects between Enova and the Norwegian Environment Agency aiming at estimating the energy and greenhouse gas reduction potentials of measures targeting the land-based industry sector in Norway.
Raquel has been involved in several national/EU funded research projects within the fields of energy and environment, such as the FP6 funded project SEEWEC (Sustainable Economically Efficient Wave Energy Converter), FP6 funded project WATERWEB (Water resource strategies and drought alleviation in Western Balkan agriculture), and EDDiCCUT (Environmental Due Dilligence of CO2 Capture and Utilization Technologies), funded by the Norwegian agency Gassnova and industry partners.
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2014) Grid infrastructure for renewable power in Europe: The environmental cost. Energy. vol. 69.
- (2013) Environmental evaluation of power transmission in Norway. Applied Energy. vol. 101.
- (2012) Life cycle assessment for electricity transmission and distribution - part 1: power lines and cables. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. vol. 17 (1).
- (2012) Life cycle assessment of electricity transmission and distribution - part 2: transformers and substation equipment. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. vol. 17 (2).
- (2009) Geo-spatial multi-criteria analysis for wave energy conversion system deployment. Renewable Energy. vol. 34 (1).
- (2013) Environmental consequences of electricity transmission and distribution - a life cycle perspective. 2013. ISBN 978-82-471-4597-5.