Special Issue "Applied Solar Thermal Energy"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Solar Energy and Photovoltaic Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Saim Memon
Guest Editor
London Centre for Energy Engineering, School of Engineering, London South Bank University, London SE1 0AA, UK
Interests: solar thermal engineering; vacuum science; zero-energy buildings; waste heat energy recovery; smart intelligent windows; solar energy
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Dr. Ali Radwan
Guest Editor
Mechanical Power Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Mansoura University, Dakahlia Governorate 35516, Egypt
Division of Human Environmental Systems, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Hokkaido 060-0808, Japan
Interests: solar thermal energy, solar thermal collectors, photovoltaic-thermal, thermoelectric generator, waste heat energy recovery, vacuum insulation, concentrated solar power

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is our great pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript to a Special Issue of Energies focusing on the novel research and developments of applied solar thermal energy technologies for sustainable low-carbon infrastructure.

The modern distinction is a future of worldwide solar smart cities prompted by the increasing daily demand for energy by the global population. The adoption of the abundant solar thermal energy resources is inevitable and is a vital step toward meeting the energy demands for future generations, but it must come with the forward-thinking approach of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research. However, there is indeed an overwhelming need in that, currently, approximately 1.4 billion people in the world are without an essential electricity supply, and more than 80% of these people reside in rural areas. Research into harnessing the abundant solar thermal energy and improvements to current solutions are urgently needed. Concurrently, climate change and global warming have been research fields for decades, with the drive of implementing a curbing intervention using progressive cutting-edge technologies. With the compulsion to reduce CO2 emissions, in order to avoid increasing climate change, the serious issue in the energy field of squaring the gap between peak demand and generating capacity must also be addressed.

This Special Issue is dedicated to solar thermal energy technologies, and we invite research scholars to submit their outstanding original research contributions in this area. The Special Issue will cover, but is not limited to, the advancements in (1) the field of materials in improving the electrical power efficiency of solar thermal collectors and hybridization with photovoltaic (PV) modules; (2) the design and development of concentrated solar power (CSP) systems to improve thermal energy efficiency that will, subsequently, improve electrical power efficiency; and (3) waste heat energy storage and phase change material (PCM) with vacuum insulation and hybridization of transparent PVs. In recent years, photovoltaic–thermal hybrid technologies have been popular, but there are significant challenges in having a clear view on their conversion efficiencies, stability, and limitations; authors are therefore also encouraged to submit their validated original research findings in this area.

This Special Issue is multidisciplinary, and prospective authors are invited to contribute and submit their novel, state-of-the-art research work in the following areas and/or within the scope of these areas:

  • Flat-plate and evacuated-tube solar thermal collectors;
  • Hybrid photovoltaic–thermal and thermoelectric generators;
  • Concentrated photovoltaics;
  • Parabolic trough collector system;
  • Parabolic dish sterling system;
  • Central receiver plant;
  • Linear Fresnel collector system;
  • Heat energy storage and phase change materials;
  • Nanofluids and nanomaterials for heat transfer improvements;
  • Solar heating and cooling energy technologies.

Dr. Saim Memon
Dr. Ali Radwan
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Energies is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Published Papers

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