Special Issue "Distributed Energy Resources for the Development of the Energy Horizon 2050"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. José María Yusta-Loyo
Guest Editor
Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Zaragoza, Calle María de Luna 3, 50018 Zaragoza, Spain
Interests: energy markets; optimal dispatch of smart grids; vulnerability assessment of critical infrastructure
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Prof. Dr. Manuel Alcázar Ortega
Guest Editor
Departamento de Ingeniería Eléctrica, Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain
Interests: microgrids; smart grids; demand response; power generation; transmission and distribution
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The European Union and other world regions aim to be climate-neutral by 2050. To make such energy policies credible, future electricity grids need to be flexible on the demand side in order to integrate higher shares of renewable energy resources. Indeed, it is internationally agreed that power systems need more active consumers in order to achieve this objective.

Some barriers need to still be overcome, such as the consideration and remuneration of demand resources in similar conditions to generation for operation purposes when they demonstrate equivalent capabilities. Hence, the active participation and demonstration of capabilities result in significant challenges for small- and medium-sized users, as they are those facing the most barriers, although their potential is undoubted (they consume more than 50% of energy worldwide).

This Special Issue is promoted by the Thematic Network REDYD-2050, composed of ten expert research groups focused on key technologies to make the demand response credible. Therefore, all aspects related to the modeling and aggregation of distributed energy resources, the application of ICTs to demand response, and the development of new market models to facilitate the trading of distributed energy resources and demand will be addressed.

Prof. Dr. José María Yusta-Loyo
Prof. Dr. Manuel Alcázar Ortega
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • active consumers
  • behind-the-meter renewable and storage systems
  • demand aggregation
  • demand forecasting
  • demand response
  • distributed energy resources
  • distributed generation
  • electric vehicle grid integration
  • energy communities
  • energy management
  • energy markets
  • energy policy instruments
  • energy resource optimization
  • energy sharing
  • energy tariffs
  • energy transition
  • grid infrastructure
  • ICTs in smart grids
  • load balancing and ancillary services provision
  • load flexibility
  • local electricity markets
  • long-term resource adequacy
  • market design and regulations
  • non-invasive load monitoring
  • peer-to-peer energy trading
  • price forecasting
  • prosumers
  • regulatory frameworks and incentive mechanisms
  • renewable energy
  • smart cities
  • smart grids
  • smart metering
  • transactive energy systems
  • virtual power plants
  • vulnerability assessment of smart grids

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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