Special Issue "Solar Thermal Systems"
A special issue of Applied System Innovation (ISSN 2571-5577).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019
Prof. Dr. Sergio Nardini
Dipartimento di Ingegneria, Università degli Studi della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Via Roma 29, 81031 Aversa (CE), Italy
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Interests: active solar systems; passive solar systems; heat conduction in solids irradiated by moving heat sources; natural and mixed convection in material processing and in thermal control of electronic equipments; thermal characterization of nanofluids, heat transfer with porous media; forecast of energy consumption
Research on solar thermal energy conversion has received, and is still receiving, attention for its importance to reduce fossil fuel use and carbon emissions. With COP 21, nations across the world agreed to accelerate their reductions in carbon emissions. Thermal energy comprises nearly half of the final global energy consumption, of which one third belongs to industry. The remarkable progress that has been made in cost reduction and commercial deployment of solar thermal energy technologies underlines the benefits of investment in R&D and indicates the promise of, and necessity for, continued innovation to produce further advances in the field. Hence, there is the need of researches on higher efficiencies, lower costs, improved scalability, and new functionality of energy thermal components and systems. Nowadays the main aims of the researches are both the seeking of new configurations and on the use of micro and nano technologies in energy thermal components and systems.
The aim of this Special Issue is to collect original research articles, as well as review articles, on the most recent developments and research efforts in this field, with the purpose of providing guidelines for future research directions. Potential topics of include, but are not limited to:
- Solar collectors analysis and design;
- Thermal energy storage;
- Active solar heating and cooling systems;
- Solar heat for residential and industrial uses;
- Passive solar heating and cooling.
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- Solar collectors
- Thermal energy storage
- Active solar heating and cooling systems
- Solar heat for residential and industrial uses
- Passive solar heating and cooling.
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Embodied Energy Analysis and Energy Pay-back Time of Solar Photovoltaic Systems
Authors: Rand Askar and Luís Bragança
Abstract: In this paper, the energy performance of several PV modules has been analysed. The efficiency of the several roof-top systems was studied for the city of Guimarães, in Portugal. Both embodied and produced energies were analysed to determine the efficiency of several silicon-based and thin film PV modules. The embodied energy (EE) was analysed, as it is an important factor to be considered against the foreseen energy savings that correspond to each type of the systems. Embodied energy estimations were relied on lifecycle energy analysis of the studied systems basing on the international literature sources and databases. The annual energy produced by the systems was estimated using the Portuguese simulation software SCE.ER. The energy payback times (EPBT) of the examined systems were calculated basing on the estimated values of the embodied and produced energies of each type of the modules.
Keywords: PV modules; embodied energy; annual produced energy; energy pay-back time (EPBT)