Special Issue "Advanced Renewable Energy Technologies"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Jayanta Deb Mondol
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Centre for Sustainable Technologies, School of the Built Environment, Ulster University, Newtownabbey, BT37 0QB Northern Ireland, UK
Interests: renewable energy; solar technologies; building integrated solar thermal and photovoltaic systems; concentrating solar technologies, optical, electrical and thermal modelling; energy policy, energy efficient building design; PVT technologies
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Dear Colleagues,

Renewable energy technologies play a significant role in meeting the global energy demand in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way. The use of renewable energy technologies to provide electricity, heating and cooling, and transportation have increased significantly throughout the world. Although there is a growing demand for cost-effective renewable energy technologies, their potential varies with respect to available resources, climate, geographical location and storage possibilities. At present the key challenges related to the renewable energy technologies are high capital costs, underdeveloped technologies, and improvements in efficiency and energy saving potential on the demand side. Renewable energy technologies can be classified into two categories: emerging energy technology and mainstream energy technology. Mainstream energy technologies are well-established, whereas emerging technologies are still under development.

The increased integration of renewable energy systems into the electricity grid also creates new challenges due to their intermittent generation throughout the year. Energy storage systems are able to mitigate this problem by improving the performance of the power grid, balancing supply and demand and improving power quality and reliability. Thus, in the future, the advancement of storage technology will play a key role in the successful deployment of renewable energy technologies in the electricity grid.

The aim of this Special Issue is to capture recent breakthrough research contributions related to advanced emerging renewable technologies including new concepts and innovative approaches, challenges, design and development, system configurations and sizing, theoretical and experimental investigations, techno-economic analysis and environmental impact analysis .

Topics of interest for this Special Issue include but are not limited to the following:

  • New trends and technologies
  • Solar photovoltaic technologies
  • Solar thermal systems
  • Concentrating solar technologies
  • Nanotechnology and solar power
  • Wind energy
  • Bio-energy
  • Wave, tidal, ocean energy
  • Heat pump
  • Energy storage technologies
  • Artificial intelligence studies in renewable energy systems
  • Energy management
  • Techno-economic analysis of renewable energy systems
  • Environmental impact analysis
  • Modelling of energy systems
  • Integration of renewable energy technologies into the grid
  • Review of technologies
  • Application of technologies and assessments
  • Distributed energy systems
  • Control techniques for renewable energy systems

Dr. Jayanta Deb Mondol
Guest Editor

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  • Renewable energy sources
  • Solar energy
  • Wind energy
  • Smart grids
  • Storage Carbon emissions
  • Distributed power generation
  • Energy economics
  • Environmental impact

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Sodium Batteries: A Review on Sodium-Sulfur and Sodium-Air Batteries
Electronics 2019, 8(10), 1201; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics8101201 - 22 Oct 2019
Lithium-ion batteries are currently used for various applications since they are lightweight, stable, and flexible. With the increased demand for portable electronics and electric vehicles, it has become necessary to develop newer, smaller, and lighter batteries with increased cycle life, high energy density, [...] Read more.
Lithium-ion batteries are currently used for various applications since they are lightweight, stable, and flexible. With the increased demand for portable electronics and electric vehicles, it has become necessary to develop newer, smaller, and lighter batteries with increased cycle life, high energy density, and overall better battery performance. Since the sources of lithium are limited and also because of the high cost of the metal, it is necessary to find alternatives. Sodium batteries have shown great potential, and hence several researchers are working on improving the battery performance of the various sodium batteries. This paper is a brief review of the current research in sodium-sulfur and sodium-air batteries. Full article
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