The capacity to adopt new energy technologies in Portugal: Historical evidence and prospects for the

Research Group

Innovation and Labour

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Researcher: Nuno Bento


The research seeks to understand the processes of emergence and development of new low carbon technologies, particularly in regions outside the traditional innovation cores. The international diffusion of clean technologies is fundamental for deep decarbonisation by 2050 that is necessary to limit the increase of the temperatures to 1,5ºC. The success of the growth of low carbon technologies in Portugal, namely onshore and offshore wind energy, was analyzed in the first three years of research. In the second triennium we will also explore the factors and patterns of emergence of energy technologies during the formative phase. The study aims to reveal mechanisms for accelerating the technological change necessary for the transition to a low carbon economy. This is an important and original issue in that it focuses on an innovative intermediate economy, such as Portugal, which seeks to combine environmental objectives with development and external competitiveness.

Period: 2012 - 2018

Funding Institution: FCT - SFRH/BPD/91183/2012

Supervisors: Margarida Fontes (DINÂMIA'CET, ISCTE-IUL and LNEG)


Bento N., Fontes, M. (2017), “Direction and legitimation in system upscaling – Planification of floating offshore wind”, Working Papers DINÂMIA'CET, WP n.º 2017/01, ISCTE-IUL. (

Bento N., Fontes M. (2016), “The capacity for adopting energy innovations in Portugal: Historical evidence and perspectives for the future”, Technological Forecasting & Social Change 113, 308-318. DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2015.09.003

Bento N., Wilson C. (2016), “Measuring the duration of formative phases for energy technologies”, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 21: 95–112. DOI: 10.1016/j.eist.2016.04.004.

Bento N., Fontes M. (2015), “The Construction of a New Technological Innovation System in a Follower Country: Wind Energy in Portugal”, Technological Forecasting & Social Change 99 (2015) 197–210. DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2015.06.037.

Bento N., Fontes M. (2015), "Spatial Diffusion and the Formation of a Technological Innovation System in the Receiving Country: The Case of Wind Energy in Portugal", Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 15, 158–179. DOI: 10.1016/j.eist.2014.10.003.

Sousa C., Bento N., Fontes M. (2014), “Dynamics of knowledge production and technology diffusion: insights from the emergence of wind energy”, Working Papers DINÂMIA'CET, WP n.º 2014/09, ISCTE-IUL. (

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