Studies on the Development of Smart Grids, Power Systems and Energy-Efficient Cities

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Building Energy, Physics, Environment, and Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 July 2024 | Viewed by 819

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Guest Editor
School of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Tianjin University of Technology, Tianjin 300387, China
Interests: artificial intelligence; machine learning; data processing; pattern recognition; image processing; image analysis; industrial development planning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With the increase in urban residents' power supply demands and our scientific and technological levels, the urban power supply has gradually adopted modern information technology to build a new generation of power grid systems that improve the reliability, safety, economy and environmental protection of the power system. Although there have been excellent results regarding the construction of urban intelligent power systems, many challenging tasks and scenarios still require new methods and theories. For example, the basic equipment needed and network topology are not clear, the communication standard protocols and operability of each new energy system are not uniform, it is difficult to analyze the operation data in real time and automatically diagnose faults, and the system cannot recover itself. In view of the above problems, it is expected that digital, automatic and intelligent technologies, such as artificial intelligence, big data, Internet of Things, etc., will help us realize the monitoring, control and optimization of the entire power system process; achieve the monitoring, control and management of the entire power production process, including transmission, distribution and use; and provide new ideas and approaches for the sustainable development of urban intelligent power systems to ensure that this technology can better serve human beings in the future.

This Special Issue is open for submissions of papers with the aim to provide a platform for all innovative and cutting-edge research related to power grid construction, including studies on smart grids, urban power supply, energy-saving urban development, new energy power generation, intelligent control and artificial intelligence applications. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Artificial intelligence;
  • Smart cities;
  • Smart grids;
  • New energy systems;
  • Distribution network automation;
  • Energy demand management and forecasting;
  • Machine learning and deep learning technologies applied to smart buildings;
  • Computers and network technology;
  • Modern electronic sensing technology.

Dr. Xiao Yu
Guest Editor

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  • applications of artificial intelligence and image processing in intelligent cities
  • smart city data processing
  • smart grid
  • urban intelligent power system
  • urban power supply
  • energy-saving urban development
  • intelligent power control

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Developing a Manufacturing Industrial Brain in a Smart City: Analysis of fsQCA Based on Yiwu Knitting Industry Platform
by Jinchi Ma, Weidong Wang and Cheng Zhou
Buildings 2024, 14(5), 1404; - 14 May 2024
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This article explores the mechanism for constructing and the path for implementing an industrial brain in the development of smart cities, with a focus on the case of the Yiwu knitting industry platform in China. Accordingly, our study involved a literature review, questionnaire [...] Read more.
This article explores the mechanism for constructing and the path for implementing an industrial brain in the development of smart cities, with a focus on the case of the Yiwu knitting industry platform in China. Accordingly, our study involved a literature review, questionnaire survey, data analysis, qualitative comparative analysis (QCA), and discussion. Our key finding was that the manufacturing brain evolves in three distinct stages: platform creation, growth, and expansion. The mechanisms of implementing these are functional development, trust creation, and value co-creation, respectively. Specifically, functional development marks the commencement of the industrial brain’s construction, which involves enterprise demand analysis, capability bottleneck identification, data value formation, and platform architecture simplification. Trust building serves as the central mechanism of evolving the manufacturing brain, comprising institutional, relational, and computational trust. Lastly, value co-creation proceeds, which is pivotal for a business paradigm revolution, encompassing connection, linkage, and integration. The main theoretical contribution of this article is to propose a normative analytical framework for revealing the mechanism of construction and the path of implementation of industrial platforms in smart city development. Meanwhile, in its practical contribution, this article provides policy guidance, as developed through our analysis of how an industrial platform can promote the transformation and upgrading of the urban manufacturing industry, to realize smart city construction and the economy and society’s coordinated development. Full article
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