Special Issue "Microgrids and Virtual Power Plants (VPPs) in Smart Energy Communities and Local Energy Markets"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Smart Grids and Microgrids".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Shafi Khadem
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Guest Editor
Lead, Embedded and Distributed Generation Systems (EDGE) Group, International Energy Research Centre, Tyndall National Institute, Ireland
Interests: He is research active in the area of micro and intelligent grid networks with special focus on grid stability and power quality, embedded & distributed generation systems integration, energy storage integration, power and energy conversion, microgrids, VPPs solutions for smart energy communities. His interest also includes local energy markets, grid ancillary services and wholesale energy market.
Prof. Dr. Geert Deconinck
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Co-Guest Editor
1. Electrical Energy Systems and Applications (ELECTA), Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT), KU Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 10, bus 2445, 3001 Leuven, Belgium
2. Algorithms, Modelling and Optimisation, EnergyVille, EnergyVille 1, Thor Park 8310, 3600 Genk, Belgium
Interests: His research focuses on robust distributed coordination and control, specifically in the context of smart electric distribution networks. Main interests include smart grids, user-centric energy systems, smart metering, distributed control, robust system design, sustainability, multi-energy systems, infrastructure interdependencies and dependability modelling, all in a context of energy and data infrastructures.
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Dr. Antonios Papaemmanouil
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Co-Guest Editor
Head, Institute of Electrical Engineering, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland
Interests: His special interests include the Smart Grids, Asset Management, Grid Analytics, digitalization of the power industry and the modernization of asset management, market and grid operations. In addition, his research includes innovative energy markets (peer to peer, transactive energy, community energy).

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Smart Grid intelligently integrates the actions of all actors connected to it in order to efficiently deliver sustainable, economic, and secure electricity supplies. It combines information and communication technology and data science with the electricity network to improve the reliability, security, and energy efficiency and economic efficiency of the power system. To achieve this, massive integration of sensors and devices for data collection across the grid is necessary. While collecting and transmitting data across the grid, it accepts integration of distributed energy resources (DER) and storage systems at any point of the network, especially integration at the consumer/prosumer level, creating the opportunity for any consumer/prosumer on the grid to become an energy/power supplier and take part in energy trading. This is key for the consumer to be converted into an active energy citizen.

Research on empowering energy citizens is being carried out through the ideas of smart buildings, smart energy communities, smart cities, etc. to achieve the target of decarbonizing smart grid. Hence, for the better operation and management, consumers/prosumers with multiple DERs and/or storage systems in the distribution network can be coordinated to form an integrated energy system (IES), for example through local microgrids and virtual power plants (VPPs). Local consumers/prosumers and communities can be engaged with these microgrids and VPPs development with the aim to empower energy citizen or uplift smart energy communities to become “zero net energy” or “energy plus” communities.

In this Special Issue, we invite original and unpublished research work in areas including (but not limited to):

  • Innovative design and control of community-based microgrids and VPPs
  • Integrating renewable energy, thermal/electrical energy storage, electric vehicles, heat pump integration for a net-zero energy community
  • Power quality and energy management in microgrids/VPPs for smart energy communities and local electricity markets
  • Participation of community microgrids/VPPs in local grid ancillary services and local energy markets (LEMs)
  • Impacts of local microgrids/VPPs/LEMs on the distribution network
  • Energy trading between communities (interaction between local energy markets)
  • Microgrids in smart buildings (residential, commercial, industrial)
  • Techno-economic modelling and optimisation of community and local microgrids/VPPs for market participation and energy services
  • Advancement in control for microgrids/VPPs for smart energy communities and local electricity markets
  • Advancement in ICT for microgrids/VPPs for smart energy communities and local energy markets (including blockchain, DLT, IoT, etc.)

We kindly invite you to submit your relevant work in the field of “Microgrids and Virtual Power Plants (VPPs) for Smart Energy Communities and Local Energy Markets” for possible publication. This Special Issue represents an opportunity to gather the most recent advances in this field with application to network operation, market participation and empowering energy citizens.

Dr. Shafi Khadem
Dr. Antonios Papaemmanouil
Prof. Dr. Geert Deconinck
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Microgrids
  • Virtual Power Plants
  • Smart Energy Community
  • Local Energy Market
  • Ancillary Services
  • Energy Storage
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Heat Pump
  • Energy Markets
  • Grid Services
  • Energy Trading
  • Aggregator

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Local energy exchange market for microgrids: case study Los Molinos del Rio Aguas
Authors: Panos Kotsampopoulos; Athanasios Vassilakis
Affiliation: School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 15780 Athens, Greece

Title: Voltage Regulation Performance Evaluation of Virtual Power Plant via Advanced Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation
Authors: Jing Wang, Harsha Padullaparti, Fei Ding, and Murali Baggu
Affiliation: Power Systems Engineering Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colorado, USA

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