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Reviewing Municipal Energy System Planning in a Bibliometric Analysis: Evolution of the Research Field between 1991 and 2019

Chair of Energy Economics, Institute for Industrial Production, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 76187 Karlsruhe, Germany
Energies 2020, 13(6), 1367; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13061367
Received: 14 February 2020 / Revised: 5 March 2020 / Accepted: 12 March 2020 / Published: 15 March 2020
In the context of the energy transition, energy system planning is becoming increasingly relevant for decentralized systems. Motivated by the strong increase of publications on municipal energy system planning (MESP), these studies are subjected to a bibliometric analysis in this paper. The 1235 articles, which are based on the Web of Science database, are examined using the R-tool bibliometrix. The study shows that China is the most important contributor with 225 articles, followed by the USA (205) and Germany (120). Most cross-country collaborations were conducted between China and Canada, focusing mainly on uncertainties in MESP. Among the institutions, the North China Electric Power University is responsible for most articles (42). The core journals on MESP are Energy, Applied Energy, Energy Policy, Energies and Renewable Energy, which published 37% of the 1235 articles. Publications on MESP focus on renewable energies, optimization and hybrid energy systems. Furthermore, district heating seems to be a core topic in MESP and is addressed in three of the top five most cited articles. The demonstration of global research trends in MESP can support researchers in identifying the relevant issues regarding this expanding and transforming research area. View Full-Text
Keywords: bibliometric analysis; municipal energy system planning; research trends; renewable energies; optimization; energy transition; district heating; hybrid energy system; energy storage bibliometric analysis; municipal energy system planning; research trends; renewable energies; optimization; energy transition; district heating; hybrid energy system; energy storage
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