João Pires is currently a PhD Candidate in Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing, within the MIT Portugal Program. Its PhD project focus on exploring alternative technological strategies to extend the current operability limits of gas-fired burners and reduce their pollutant emissions. Additionally, he is analyzing the effects of public policies on the domestic water heating sector and on the adoption of products with lower environmental impact. Before, he has worked at Bosch Thermotechnology, as a Mechanical Engineer and at Everis, as an IT Consultant. In 2013, he finished his master degree in Mechanical Engineering, at Instituto Superior Técnico. In his master thesis, he studied the techno-economic viability of solar-powered Organic Rankine Cycles in residential applications.