Special Issue "Energy Economics and Innovation of Smart Cities"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 October 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Daniel Pérez González
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Chair of R & D Group: Application of Information Technology for Competitiveness and Innovation, Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Economics and Business University of Cantabria, 39005 Santander, Spain
Interests: smart cities; business value of IT; management of technology and innovation; management information systems; ICT in economic and social sciences

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Guest Editor is inviting submissions to a Special Issue of Energies on the subject area of “Energy Economics of Smart Cities”.

There are multiple definitions of a smart city. We can say that all of them co-exist so that a smart city is a city that uses technological advances (such as IoT, big data, cloud computing, AI etc.) to transform itself into an innovative ecosystem, concerned with achieving the well being of its citizens, with special attention to sustainable development (Díaz-Díaz, Muñoz, & Pérez-González, 2017a). The above is a pending challenge and to achieve that it requires four fundamental and synergistic elements in a smart city: the technological, the economic, the management of energy resources, that allow sustainable development, and the perception and social concern about these issues (Pérez- González, & Díaz Díaz, 2015; Díaz-Díaz, Muñoz, & Pérez-González, 2017b). In this sense, topics of interest of this special issue are works on economic analysis of energy in smart cities, the application of technologies oriented to both the efficient use and the management of energy resources, the development of new business models and the energy management, the awareness and perception of citizens about sustainable development, and as well as interdisciplinary technological-economic, social and governmental works that analyze the energy issue in smart cities. We accept conceptual, empirical and case studies. Works that are potentially transferrable to different cities are particularly welcome Topics of interest for publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Energy economics
  • Cost-effective energy policies in smart cities
  • Economic and sustainable development of smart cities
  • Innovation Energy Measuring
  • Benchmarking of energies management in smart cities
  • Business models in smart cities
  • Best practice in energies management in smart cities
  • ICT, smart grid, intelligent infrastructure Cost-benefit analysis
  • Information systems and energy management
  • IoT, Big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence applications and case studies about energy in smart cities
  • Awareness and perception of citizens about energy and sustainable development

Prof. Dr. Daniel Pérez González
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Energy economics
  • Smart cities
  • Applications of IoT, Big data, IA, Cloud computing in smart cities
  • Energies and sustainability development in smart cities
  • New business models and innovation management of IT and energies

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SMART Computational Solutions for the Optimization of Selected Technology Processes as an Innovation and Progress in Improving Energy Efficiency of Smart Cities—A Case Study
Energies 2020, 13(13), 3338; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13133338 - 30 Jun 2020
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The paper presents advanced computational solutions for selected sectors in the context of the optimization of technology processes as an innovation and progress in improving energy efficiency of smart cities. The main emphasis was placed on the sectors of critical urban infrastructure, including [...] Read more.
The paper presents advanced computational solutions for selected sectors in the context of the optimization of technology processes as an innovation and progress in improving energy efficiency of smart cities. The main emphasis was placed on the sectors of critical urban infrastructure, including in particular the use of algorithmic models based on artificial intelligence implemented in supervisory control systems (SCADA-type, including Virtual SCADA) of technological processes involving the sewage treatment systems (including in particular wastewater treatment systems) and waste management systems. The novelty of the presented solution involves the use of predictive diagnostic tools, based on multi-threaded polymorphic models supporting decision making processes during the control of a complex technological process and objects of distributed network systems (smart water grid, smart sewage system, smart waste management system) and solving problems of optimal control for smart dynamic objects with logical representation of knowledge about the process, the control object and the control itself, for which the learning process consists of successive validation and updating of knowledge and the use of the results of this updating to make control decisions. The advantage of the proposed solution in relation to the existing ones lies in the use of advanced models of predictive diagnostics, validation and reconstruction of data, implemented in functional tools, allowing the stabilization of the work of technological objects through the use of FTC technology (fault tolerant control) and soft sensors, predictive measurement path diagnostics (sensors, transducers), validation and reconstruction of measurement data from sensors in the measuring paths in real time. The dedicated tools (Intelligent Real Time Diagnostic System − iRTDS) built into the system of a hierarchical, multi-threaded control optimizing system of SCADA system allow to obtain advanced diagnostics of technological processes in real time using HPC technology. In effect of the application of the proprietary iRTDS tool, we obtain a significant rise of energy efficiency of technological processes in key sectors of the economy, which in global terms, e.g., urban agglomeration, increases the economic efficiency. Full article
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Smart and Age-Friendly Communities in Poland. An Analysis of Institutional and Individual Conditions for a New Concept of Smart Development of Ageing Communities
Energies 2020, 13(9), 2268; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13092268 - 04 May 2020
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In the face of the dynamic ageing of local communities, smart cities and smart villages programs should seek to ensure meeting the needs of the elderly and promoting solutions tailored to their computer literacy, digital skills, and perception capabilities. In this context we [...] Read more.
In the face of the dynamic ageing of local communities, smart cities and smart villages programs should seek to ensure meeting the needs of the elderly and promoting solutions tailored to their computer literacy, digital skills, and perception capabilities. In this context we propose to approach local smart and age-friendly communities initiatives in a way that would provide responses to two contemporary megatrends: digitalization and demographic transition. We assumed that the deployment of such initiatives in local planning and governance depends on at least two conditions: demand for smart everyday products and services represented by older adults and the perspective of the local decision-makers. The paper aims to examine whether the smart city/smart village idea focused on meeting the needs of the elderly and seeking to shape age-friendly local communities and the environment could be implemented in the municipalities in Poland. The analysis of the elderly Poles’ capabilities to absorb the ICT solutions demonstrated that the smart and age-friendly community approach may face implementation difficulties, especially in the oldest groups of the Polish rural population. Results of the quantitative study conducted in 1236 municipalities revealed that local authorities perceive local policy goals, such as pursuing smart and age-friendly development as low priority ones. A citizen-centered approach of village heads and mayors to the local policy is critical for integrating these two priorities of being smart and age-friendly. Full article
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The Digital Transformation of the Retail Electricity Market in Spain
Energies 2020, 13(8), 2085; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13082085 - 21 Apr 2020
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The deregulation of the electricity markets in the European Union and the transformation caused by digital technologies and customer-centric strategies have altered the industry ecosystem, forcing companies to adapt to the new scenario. This research study aims to give a global overview of [...] Read more.
The deregulation of the electricity markets in the European Union and the transformation caused by digital technologies and customer-centric strategies have altered the industry ecosystem, forcing companies to adapt to the new scenario. This research study aims to give a global overview of the digital transformation and channel integration of free-market electricity retailers in Spain from a consumer’s perspective. The analysis includes all free-market electricity retailers that operate at the national scale, explores the level of digital transformation and channel integration of these companies based on a structured set of indicators, and measures them using the mystery shopper technique. The results show important differences between leading retailers and the rest of companies, evidence an important lag of the sector when compared to other retail markets and an overall lack of multichannel and omnichannel strategies, show a strong effort of retailers in online billing and self-service customer data management, and reveal shortcomings in the availability of communication channels with customers. Full article
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Foresight as a Tool for the Planning and Implementation of Visions for Smart City Development
Energies 2020, 13(7), 1782; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13071782 - 07 Apr 2020
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Global change, including population growth, economic development and climate change constitute urgent challenges for the smart cities of the 21st century. Cities need to effectively manage their development and meet challenges that have a significant impact on their economic activity, as well as [...] Read more.
Global change, including population growth, economic development and climate change constitute urgent challenges for the smart cities of the 21st century. Cities need to effectively manage their development and meet challenges that have a significant impact on their economic activity, as well as health and quality of life for their citizens. In the context of continuous change, city decision-makers are constantly looking for new smart tools to tackle it. This article addresses this gap, indicating foresight as an effective tool that anticipates the future of a smart city. Its aim is to develop a methodology for planning and implementing a vision of smart city development based on foresight research. The proposed methodology consists of five stages and was developed with the use of methodology for designing hybrid systems. It is an organised, transparent and flexible process which can facilitate the development of sustainable and smart future visions of smart city development by virtue of the involvement, knowledge and experience of a large number of urban stakeholders at all stages of its creation. The article discusses in detail the operationalisation of each stage of the methodology in which the following main methods were used: megatrend analysis, factors analysis: social (S), technological (T), economic (E), ecological (E), political (P), relating to values (V) and legal (L) (STEEPVL), structural analysis, Delphi, creative visioning, scenarios and identifying actions related to the development of a smart city, divided into four categories: new, so far not undertaken (N); implemented so far, to be continued (C); redundant, to be discontinued (R); actions that have been implemented in the past and to be restored (R) (NCRR). The summary enumerates the benefits that foresight implementation can bring to the smart city. Full article
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The Smart City Business Model Canvas—A Smart City Business Modeling Framework and Practical Tool
Energies 2019, 12(24), 4798; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12244798 - 16 Dec 2019
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Cities are challenged with increasing population growth and need to implement smart solutions to become more resilient to economic, environmental, and social challenges posed by ongoing urbanization. This study reviewed business model development frameworks and developed a practical tool to help cities assess [...] Read more.
Cities are challenged with increasing population growth and need to implement smart solutions to become more resilient to economic, environmental, and social challenges posed by ongoing urbanization. This study reviewed business model development frameworks and developed a practical tool to help cities assess business models by adapting components of the Business Model Canvas (BMC) and adding new ones that operationalize the smart city dimensions. The Smart City BMC (SC-BMC) proposed provides a practical framework that supports developing and communicating a more holistic and integrated view of a smart city business model. It also supports creatively innovating toward more sustainable value creation. As a framework, the SC-BMC bridges sustainable value creation for business model development and smart city innovation. Full article
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