Focus on Portugal- Energy Data Analytics | UT Austin Portugal – TxEEE Online Course


After three successful courses on topics related to Energy, the Texas Engineering Executive Education of the Cockrell School of Engineering (TxEEE) and the UT Austin Portugal Program are partnering again to provide energy professionals and academics based in Portugal new opportunities to attend online advanced training – this time on Energy Data Analytics.

The Portuguese context will be the focus of the second edition of the Energy Data Analytics training program, conducted by Dr. Joshua Rhodes, a research scientist at Webber Energy Group and lecturer at Cockrell School of Engineering.

Over the course of three two-hour sessions, starting on May 20, Portuguese energy professionals and academics will be able to better understand, analyze and increase their business possibilities based on a better understanding of large Portuguese energy datasets. No previous coding experience is required. In addition to the online classes, participants will be given the opportunity to visit directly with Dr Rhodes during four scheduled office hours before and throughout the week of the course.

Blending different teaching methods, this short course specifically designed for the Program’s community by TxEEE will give attendees the chance to get to grips with Python in order to analyze and produce large energy datasets, create graphics that allow them to establish context and build a supporting case and story.

Among the topics to be covered are Command line and Linux basics, Python basics and Python for data analytics, or Geospatial data analysis with Python.

As for the projects that participants can be invited to work on, analyzing the technical solar potential for Portugal, geospatial data for site-selection of power plants, or even creating charts of historical CO2 emissions are among some of the potential topics to delve into.


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All vacancies have been filled in. You may register for this course, but your request will be put on hold. We will contact you if any enrolled participant drops out.


Week of May 13

  • Two hours pre-course video tutorial** – guidance on software installation (one week before the course starts)
  • One office hour on May 16, at 2.30 p.m. Lisbon time (to help with software installation – optional)

Week of May 20

  • Online Classes (three classes, two hours each): 

Dates: May 20, 22 and 24 (2.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. Lisbon Time)

Instructor: Dr. Joshua D. Rhodes

Platform: Zoom

  • Office Hours (optional)

Dates: May 21 at 1.30 p.m. (Lisbon time) | May 23 at 2.30 p.m. (Lisbon time) | May 24 at 4.30 p.m. (Lisbon time)

Instructor: Dr. Joshua D. Rhodes

Platform: Zoom


  • Command line and Linux basics – how to use a computer without a mouse
  • Setting up coding environments to create and recreate code
  • Python basics – how it works and why it’s worth learning
  • Python for data analytics – how to use for data analysis, tools, tricks and workflow
  • Data visualization with Python – charts and graphs. How to visualize data
  • Geospatial data analysis with Python – tools for map-based analysis

Sample Projects**

  • Build bar charts (and others) showcasing Portugal’s rank in world energy measures, such as electricity generated, oil consumed, CO2 emissions
  • Analyze the technical solar potential for Portugal
  • Geospatial analysis of locations of power plants
  • Create charts of historical CO2 emissions
  • Analyze and estimate how much solar and storage would be needed to power all of Portugal

**Prior to the course, participants will watch a video tutorial to configure their computer with VS Code and Miniconda3 (Free open source software).