Special Issue "Efficiency and Optimization of Buildings Energy Consumption"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. José A. Orosa
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Guest Editor
University of A Coruña, Sustainability Specialization Campus, A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
Tel. +34 98167000 4320
Interests: energy; buildings; construction materials; thermal comfort

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Today, the collaboration of researchers from different areas of knowledge using the most recent advances in their respective fields is needed in order to reach a real breakthrough in the increasingly multidisciplinary research on interior environments. Furthermore, new technologies have emerged recently, which allow us to sample and analyze real, sampled data with the latest sensors and to simulate ambiences with new and powerful three-dimensional engineering procedures as has never been done before. Moreover, the optimization of buildings and their energy systems has traditionally been conducted by classical control systems and, in the last few decades, new, powerful control systems, such as artificial intelligence, have been developed towards this end. Despite this, the optimization of building design with respect to various aspects, including energy, thermal comfort, and sustainability, which requires the implementation of several technologies at the same time and in a harmonious manner, has yet to be achieved. Additionally, it is clear that traditional building engineering and construction concepts still have a role to play the future solutions relating to building energy optimization.

It is in this intersection between nature and engineering where a better future for humanity can be found. International organizations, such as the International Energy Agency, lead this work, but there can only be success if governments heed the warnings of these organizations and work to reduce climate change. Only by recognizing the diverse consequences of humanity’s influence over nature, can we reach the equilibrium needed achieve a sustainable existence and ensure a future for humanity and this planet.

This Special Issue aims to underscore the importance of new technologies relating to energy saving in building design, construction, and optimization. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Building construction;
  • Energy saving;
  • New energy technologies;
  • Optimization;
  • Building design;
  • Energy consumption;
  • Zero-energy buildings;
  • Sustainable buildings;
  • Materials in building;
  • New technologies.

Dr. José A. Orosa
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • building construction
  • energy saving
  • new energy technologies
  • optimization
  • building design
  • energy consumption
  • zero-energy buildings
  • sustainable buildings.

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Optimal Design Model of the Energy Systems in Iron and Steel Enterprises
Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(22), 4778; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9224778 - 08 Nov 2019
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In steel enterprises, the design of energy systems mainly depends on experience and lacks systematic optimization methods. Therefore, it is of great significance to propose an overall optimization design method for the energy system of steel enterprises. In this paper, a linear model [...] Read more.
In steel enterprises, the design of energy systems mainly depends on experience and lacks systematic optimization methods. Therefore, it is of great significance to propose an overall optimization design method for the energy system of steel enterprises. In this paper, a linear model is proposed to select the energy conversion equipment types and distribute energy sources with the aim of maximizing the economic benefits of an energy system. In the model, the choice of energy conversion technology and the distribution of energy source are considered comprehensively. For the S steel plant, the case analysis results show that under the condition of keeping the original energy conversion equipment unchanged and optimizing the distribution of energy source, the economic benefits of the energy system can be increased by 15.77 CNY/t steel, and under the conditions of optimizing the distribution schemes of the energy conversion equipment types and energy sources, the economic benefits of the energy system can be increased by 180.26 CNY/t steel. In addition, the effects of different energy conversion equipment configurations, different energy sources prices and different pollution cost standards on the steel plant energy economic benefits were analyzed. Full article
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