Special Issue "Design and System Integration of Thermal Energy Storage"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Valeria Palomba
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Guest Editor
National Council of Research, Institute for Advanced Energy Technologies (CNR ITAE), Messina, Italy
Interests: thermal energy conversion and storage; renewable energy; renewables system integration; HVAC systems; sorption systems; heat pumps; thermal energy storage; hybrid systems; polygeneration systems; energy system simulation
Dr. Mohammad Saffari
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Guest Editor
University College Dublin
Interests: energy efficiency in buildings; thermal energy storage; thermal comfort and occupants behavior; energy simulation of buildings; urban energy simulation; optimization of energy systems; demand-side management (DSM); renewable energy; HVAC systems; building automation and smart control; natural ventilation and hybrid systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The worldwide commitment towards cleaner development by scaling down hazardous carbon emissions to avoid dangerous climate change calls for solutions that allow for the exploitation of renewable energy sources, and waste heat streams, reducing the energy consumption of systems in residential and industrial sectors. On the other hand, increasing human thermal comfort in micro and macro environments is of critical importance and requires innovative and advanced technologies.

One of the enabling technologies in this view is thermal energy storage (TES), which represents an essential component in a system architecture devoted to the maximisation of the share of renewables and energy efficiency. The intense research devoted to TES has led to the commercialization of different solutions, as well as the advancement of several TES systems for the most various applications from lab-scale towards full-scale real applications.

This Special Issue intends to provide a forum for the dissemination of works that provide an insight into the design process of TES, as well as its integration in different systems, from domestic to industrial to transportation sectors, setting the path towards the advancement of the field and its harmonization with the overall energy system sector.

To this aim, we encourage works from both industry and academia focusing on but not limited to the following topics:

  • Design methodologies for TES;
  • Numerical simulation and optimisation techniques;
  • Data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) for TES applications ;
  • Active TES systems;
  • Passive TES systems;
  • Application of TES in the residential sector;
  • Application of TES in the industrial sector;
  • Thermal energy storage for electronics and power devices;
  • Thermal energy storage application in vehicles;
  • Thermal energy storage applications for aircraft applications;
  • Thermal energy storage for aerospace applications;
  • Development of control strategies for TES;
  • Life cycle analysis of energy systems with TES;
  • Thermal storage for human thermoregulation and clothing;
  • Thermal energy storage for demand response;
  • Thermal energy storage for grid applications;
  • Thermal energy storage for renewable energy integration;
  • Thermal energy storage for urban heat island (UHI) mitigation;
  • Thermal energy storage for sustainable communities;
  • Thermal energy storage for district heating and cooling applications;
  • Thermal energy storage for data center application.
Dr. Valeria Palomba
Dr. Mohammad Saffari
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Storage design
  • Storage systems
  • Integration with energy systems
  • Heating and cooling
  • Grid integration
  • Measurement and simulation methods
  • Renewable energy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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