Special Issue "Optimization and Modeling of Complex Energy Systems"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Power Electronics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Luca Giaccone
Guest Editor
Dipartimento Energia, Politecnico di Torino, 10129 Torino, Italy
Interests: optimization and modeling of complex energy systems; computation of electromagnetic and thermal fields; magnetic field mitigation; EMF dosimetry; compliance of LF pulsed magnetic field sources
Dr. Paolo Lazzeroni
Guest Editor
LINKS foundation, 10138 Torino, Italy
Interests: optimization and modeling of complex energy systems; smart grids; renewable energy technologies and environment protection; energy conversion; energy efficiency in building; sustainable energy systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Hybrid energy systems, combining two or more energy vectors into a single system, are a promising way of increasing the efficiency of energy production and demand but the complexity of their management increases when several types of energy sources are combined on the same site. Mixed energy demands such as electricity, heating, and cooling require several generators integrating their production in order to fulfill user requirements. In addition, the introduction of energy storage solutions increases the complexity of the system, ensuring the maximum exploitation of the renewable sources and the flexibility of the system.

The operator of a hybrid energy hub requires accurate modeling and the optimal management of the whole system to provide efficient strategies capable of operating a complex polygeneration plant. The best scheduling and/or size of generators must be found to enhance energy optimization by considering operational and technical constraints capable to harvest generation from renewable sources and increase energy saving by minimizing energy wastes at low efficiency working points.

In this context, the Special Issue focuses on the research, development, and practical application of optimization methods applied to the optimal management and/or design of complex energy systems.

Prof. Luca Giaccone
Dr. Paolo Lazzeroni
Guest Editors

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  • Energy analysis and optimization
  • Process integration, analysis, and optimization
  • Refrigeration, air-conditioning, and heat pumps
  • Power generation and CHP
  • Renewable energy (solar, wind, hydro, etc.)
  • Energy storage (batteries, thermal, hydrogen, etc.)
  • Distributed generation and smart grids
  • District energy supply and networks
  • Biomass and biofuels
  • Energy use (building, transportation, desalination, etc.)
  • Industrial energy use
  • Energy conservation and management
  • Environmental impacts of energy conversion
  • Energy policy and planning
  • Techniques addressing uncertainties in optimization of energy systems.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

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: Uncertainty Quantification in Energy Management Procedures
Authors: Luca Giaccone; Paolo Lazzeroni; Maurizio Repetto
Affiliation: Politecnico di Torino; LINKS foundation.
Abstract: Complex energy systems are made by a number of components interacting together by different energy vectors. The assessment of their performance under dynamic working conditions, where user demand and energy prices are varying in time, requires a simulation tool. Whichever the accuracy of this procedure, the uncertainty in data, both obtained by measurements or by forecasting, is usually non negligible and requires the study of the sensitivity of results versus input data. In this work, polynomial chaos expansion technique is used to evaluate the variation of cogeneration plant performance with respect to the uncertainty of energy prices and user requests. The procedure allows to obtain this information with a computational cost much lower than usual Monte-Carlo approaches.

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