Special Issue "Advances in Distributed-Scale Solar Thermal Power Technology"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Abdulnaser Sayma
Guest Editor
Department of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics, School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering, University of London, London EC1V 0HB, UK
Interests: Distributed power generation; turbomachinery; gas turbines; waste heat recovery; solar thermal
Dr. Jafar Al Zaili
Guest Editor
School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, City, University of London, UK
Dr. Martin White
Guest Editor
School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, City, University of London, UK

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The guest editor is inviting you to submit a paper to a Special Issue of Energies in the area of “Advances in distributed-scale solar thermal power technology”. Solar collectors, concentrators, receivers and prime mover technologies, as well as system design and integration, and control and hybridisation have been evolving in recent years with the aim of delivering cost effective and reliable clean power generation. Moreover, component and system optimisation, as well as techno-economic optimisation, life cycle analysis, market and cost analysis are also important topics.

This Special Issue will focus on, but is not necessarily restricted to, solar thermal systems and hybrid systems. Topics of interest for publication include:

  • Solar dish systems
  • Small heliostat systems
  • Any other solar collector or concentrator technology
  • Solar-powered micro gas turbines
  • Solar-powered Stirling Engines
  • Solar-powered organic Rankine cycles
  • Solar thermal-only systems
  • Hybridisation with biofuels and thermal storage
  • Operation optimisation and flexibility
  • Control strategies
  • Techno-economics analysis and optimisation
  • Stand alone and farm arrangements
  • Life cycle analysis
  • Grid connections
  • Economics and Market analysis

Prof. Abdulnaser Sayma
Dr. Jafar Al Zaili
Dr. Martin White
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.


  • Concentrated solar power
  • Solar dish
  • Small heliostat
  • Micro gas turbines
  • Stirling engines
  • Organic Rankine cycles
  • Thermal energy storage
  • Control strategies
  • Hybridisation
  • Life cycle analysis
  • Techno-economic optimisation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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