Special Issue "Latest Renewable Energy Research Output 2018—Select papers from International Conference on Renewable Energy —ICREN 2018"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2018).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Vitaliy Budarin
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University of York, Department of Chemistry, York, United Kingdom
Interests: carbonaceous material chemistry, surface properties of porous materials, adsorption, heterogeneous catalysis and thermal properties of biopolymer

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Renewable Energy is an important challenge that must be addressed urgently on a global scale. Governments and private companies are increasing investments in this field and the research is moving very quickly in several directions.

The International Conference on Renewable Energy is an international meeting organized in a different European country each year. This conference will gather researchers from different subfields of Renewable Energy and provide a global overview of the latest progress.

The Chairman and Plenary speakers change each year in order to enrich the content and provide the participants with different views. In order to maintain a high-quality conference, an international Scientific Committee composed of experienced Professors ensures the reviewing process.

The International Conference on Renewable Energy 2018 will be held in Barcelona, on April 25–27. The main targets include the following:

  • Attract high-quality papers from different subfields.
  • Offer the opportunity to update oneself on the latest research outputs on several Renewable Energy topics.
  • Organize specific workshops around the most attractive and current issues.
  • Gather worldwide experts as conference speakers.

Dr. Vitaliy Budarin
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Advanced materials for energy storage
  • Advanced materials for energy generation and transmission
  • Photovoltaic and solar energy systems
  • Bioenergy and biofuels
  • Biomass conversion technologies
  • Wind energy technology and impact on the environment
  • Thermal energy and building performance
  • Smart grid and electric transportation
  • Hydrogen energy and fuel cell technology applications
  • Energy recycling systems

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A Feasibility Study on Power Generation from Solar Thermal Wind Tower: Inclusive Impact Assessment Concerning Environmental and Economic Costs
Energies 2018, 11(11), 3181; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11113181 - 16 Nov 2018
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A solar thermal wind tower (STWT) is a low-temperature power generation plant that mimics the wind cycle in nature, comprising a flat plate solar air collector and central updraft tower to produce thermal wind that drives turbines to generate electricity. The development of [...] Read more.
A solar thermal wind tower (STWT) is a low-temperature power generation plant that mimics the wind cycle in nature, comprising a flat plate solar air collector and central updraft tower to produce thermal wind that drives turbines to generate electricity. The development of power generation systems toward a sustainable future needs to be made taking into account the balance between environmental impact and economic feasibility. We examine the sustainability of STWT power generation technology using the inclusive impact index light (Triple I-light), which estimates whether it is good to do the project, including both the negative environmental impact and the economic aspect. Environmental disadvantages are discussed by performing a CO2 inventory analysis for the life-cycle of the STWT power plant. Evaluation of the economic feasibility is done by calculating the levelized electricity cost (LEC), which is the cost per unit of electricity generated. From the calculations, it is found that overall system efficiency is increased by enlarging the capacity, the negative environmental impact by the STWT plant comes mainly from manufacturing stage (more than 60%), and the levelized electricity cost is dramatically decreased by enlarging the capacity of the system (about 50% reduction). A negative value of Triple I (meaning it is sustainable) can be achieved for high power generation capacity (above 100 MW). Moreover, this paper discusses the implementation and the potential of constructing offshore STWTs. Full article
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PV Module Monitoring System Based on Low-Cost Solutions: Wireless Raspberry Application and Assessment
Energies 2018, 11(11), 3051; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11113051 - 06 Nov 2018
Cited by 6
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The integration of renewables into power systems has led to multiple studies and analysis in terms of grid-power quality, reliability, and/or feasibility. Among different resources to be considered as alternative energy systems, wind and solar emerge as the most mature technologies. With regard [...] Read more.
The integration of renewables into power systems has led to multiple studies and analysis in terms of grid-power quality, reliability, and/or feasibility. Among different resources to be considered as alternative energy systems, wind and solar emerge as the most mature technologies. With regard to photovoltaic (PV) installations, monitoring problems requires detailed analysis, since solar-radiation fluctuations, soiling on solar panels, or deficiency of PV-panel performance can involve unexpected power-output oscillations and, subsequently, undesirable power-generation oscillations. Under this framework, this paper describes and assesses a wireless low-cost PV-module monitoring system based on open-source solutions. Our proposal allows us to monitor installations at the PV-module level, giving detailed information regarding PV power-plant performance. The proposed monitoring system is based on the IEC-61724 standard requirements, as a flexible and ad hoc solution with relevant connectivity options. Meteorological and electrical data are collected from the developed nodes and available for subsequent analysis. Detailed information of the solution, as well as extensive results collected in Spanish PV power plants connected to the grid, are also included in the paper. Full article
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Solar e-Cooking: A Proposition for Solar Home System Integrated Clean Cooking
Energies 2018, 11(11), 2933; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11112933 - 27 Oct 2018
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This paper presents the feasibility of using solar photovoltaics (Solar PV) as the energy source for cooking with special focus on the loss mechanisms and possible remedial measures. If the heat loss is minimized, to reduce the temperature losses, it is possible to [...] Read more.
This paper presents the feasibility of using solar photovoltaics (Solar PV) as the energy source for cooking with special focus on the loss mechanisms and possible remedial measures. If the heat loss is minimized, to reduce the temperature losses, it is possible to cook with a low power source less than 500 W. A slogan has been adopted by the researchers—‘It is temperature that cooks food not heat’, meaning that it is not the flow of energy that cooks food, but rather, that food is cooked when held at a key temperature for a time. The slogan draws attention to the core concept that if heat loss is minimized, maintaining the temperature inside the cooker and the cooking pan, then the cooking process becomes very energy efficient. The paper considers ways to maintain temperature, but with due reference to the ‘art of cooking’, those all-important cultural processes that determine how meals are made. A prototype solar home system e-cooker was designed, fabricated and tested for cooking different foods in Bangladesh. Experimental results are presented to show that cooking is possible using much less power and energy than is commonly thought. A cost analysis is also presented to show that such a cooker can be cost effective in off-grid areas if connected to a properly designed Solar Home System. Full article
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Effect of Modified Natural Filler O-Methylene Phosphonic κ-Carrageenan on Chitosan-Based Polymer Electrolytes
Energies 2018, 11(7), 1910; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11071910 - 22 Jul 2018
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The potential for using O-methylene phosphonic κ-carrageenan (OMPk) as a filler in the chitosan-based polymer electrolyte N-methylene phosphonic chitosan (NMPC) was investigated. OMPk, a derivative of κ-carrageenan, was synthesized via phosphorylation and characterized using infrared spectroscopy (IR) and nuclear magnetic resonance [...] Read more.
The potential for using O-methylene phosphonic κ-carrageenan (OMPk) as a filler in the chitosan-based polymer electrolyte N-methylene phosphonic chitosan (NMPC) was investigated. OMPk, a derivative of κ-carrageenan, was synthesized via phosphorylation and characterized using infrared spectroscopy (IR) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). Both the IR and NMR results confirmed the phosphorylation of the parent carrageenan. The solid polymer electrolyte (SPE)-based NMPC was prepared by solution casting with different weight percentages of OMPk ranging from 2 to 8 wt %. The tensile strength of the polymer membrane increased from 18.02 to 38.95 MPa as the amount of OMPk increased to 6 wt %. However, the increase in the ionic conductivity did not match the increase in the tensile strength. The highest ionic conductivity was achieved with 4 wt % OMPk, which resulted in 1.43 × 10−5 Scm−1. The κ-carrageenan-based OMPk filler strengthened the SPE while maintaining an acceptable level of ionic conductivity. Full article
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