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Special Issue "Optimisation Models and Methods in Energy Systems"
A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (6 May 2019).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
INESC Coimbra, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Coimbra, Polo 2, 3030-290 Coimbra, Portugal
Interests: energy efficiency; demand side management; demand response; optimization models and methods in energy systems; multi-objective optimization; multi-criteria decision analysis
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Challenging problems arise in all segments of energy industries—generation, transmission, distribution and consumption. Optimization models and methods play a key role to offer decision/policy makers better information to assist sounder decisions at different levels, ranging from operational to strategic planning.
Energy systems and networks are increasingly complex; therefore, optimization models and methods are essential tools for the development of smart(er) networks within more integrated and sustainable energy systems, encompassing electricity, gas, district heating/cooling, etc., with pervasive deployment of information and communication technologies.
Technical design, operational, economic, regulatory, social and environmental issues, among others, are at stake requiring interdisciplinary approaches, with contributions from engineering, economics and social sciences fields to the definition of adequate optimization models and methods to support more informed decision processes.
Planning tasks are increasingly complex due to the unbundling of the industry value chain and the emergence of new players (e.g., aggregators) and market structures. The ongoing evolution of energy systems to smart grids comprises the deployment of new network automation technologies, bi-directional communication, smart metering, analysis and extraction of value from massive amounts of data. This process enables the integration of further renewable-based generation, which contributes to the decarbonization of the economy but in turn creates new technical and market challenges due to its variable nature, and the empowerment of consumers who may have a more proactive role through demand response mechanisms. The global aim is to develop more sustainable, reliable and efficient grids.
Contributions are expected to cover a wide range of topics including: Electricity smart grids; gas smart grids; district heating/cooling; integration of renewable generation; storage; demand side management and demand response; selection and location of equipment including communication issues; system reliability and provision of ancillary services; market design and operation. Further topics related to optimization models and methods to tackle challenging problems in energy networks and systems, namely regarding the evolution to smart grids, are welcome. Contributions reporting real-world case studies are particularly appreciated.
All papers will undergo a stringent review procedure according to the quality standards of Energies. Papers must contain original research results including comprehensive mathematical models, algorithmic advances and extensive numerical experiments. Numerical illustrations cannot be toy examples, but real or realistic case studies for which all data should be provided (in the paper or as supplementary material) to ensure the replicability of results. The research reported in contributed papers should convey novel and significant work relative to the relevant literature.
Prof. Dr. Carlos Henggeler Antunes
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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.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- optimization models and methods
- energy systems
- smart grids
- electrical networks
- gas networks
- district heating/cooling