Special Issue "Modeling, Design, Development and Testing for Solar System"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Maurizio De Lucia
Guest Editor
Department of Industrial, Engineering, University of Florence, Via di S. Marta, 3 50139 Florence, Italy
Interests: energy systems; renewable energy; solar concentrators; energy efficiency; integrated and hybrid solar system
Prof. Dr. Philip Eames
Guest Editor
Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology, Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK
Interests: renewable energy systems, energy in buildings, thermal energy storage
Dr. Amedeo Amoresano
Guest Editor
Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, 80138 Napoli, Italy
Interests: mechanical engineering, energy conversion, energy engineering, engineering thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, numerical simulation, thermal engineering, computational fluid dynamics, CFD simulation
Dr. Giacomo Pierucci
Guest Editor
Department of Industrial Engineering, university of Florence, 50121 Firenze, Italy
Interests: renewable energy technologies, thermal engineering, energy efficiency in building, applied thermodynamics, energy engineering, energy conversion, engineering thermodynamics, energy saving, power generation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The growth in global energy consumption over the past few decades has been significant, and demand for energy will continue to grow due to global population increase. The energy demand is increasing rapidly, with an excessive fossil fuel consumption in civil and industrial sectors. Therefore, the concentration of CO2 and greenhouse gas due to fossil fuels in atmosphere has dramatically increased along with its environmental issues and concerns. As a result, several approaches have to be undertaken to decrease fossil fuel consumption. Within this frame of reference, renewable energies play an important role.

Solar energy is the most abundant permanent energy resource, and solar energy systems have been grabbing the largest amount of attention among all other renewable energy systems—wind energy, biomass, geo thermal, ocean power, etc. Every solar energy technology features some combination of characteristics (such as passive and active solar energy, thermal and photovoltaic systems, concentrating and non-concentrating systems) to harness sunlight.

The European road map has been set with very ambitious goals; by 2030, it foresees a 55% reduction in CO2 emissions and an increase in renewable sources of 38.5%. The economic sustainability of CSP-type solar techniques has now been established, but the size of the plants is prohibitive for many situations. Distributed thermal and electrical solar generation remains a priority for everyone.

This Special Issue will cover the latest advances in the solar system. We encourage the submission of papers focused on novel design of solar energy systems and components, the test principle, and techniques for existing and novel systems. Furthermore, we welcome articles that investigate the latest methodologies in modeling and simulation of solar components as well as solar systems. Another suggested topic may include research on recent technical developments of solar systems with an emphasis on the efficiency and levelized cost of energy for solar systems.

Prof. Dr. Maurizio De Lucia
Prof. Dr. Philip Eames
Dr. Amedeo Amoresano
Dr. Giacomo Pierucci
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.

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  • Renewable energy 
  • Active solar energy 
  • Passive solar energy 
  • Thermal solar systems 
  • Photovoltaic solar systems 
  • Concentrating solar system 
  • Non-concentrating solar systems
  • Testing methods for solar systems 
  • Modeling of solar systems

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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