Special Issue "Optimum Choice of Energy System Configuration and Storages for a Proper Match between Energy Conversion and Demands"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 December 2018).
Prof. Andrea Lazzaretto
Prof. Andrea Toffolo
The basic problem for the designer of an energy conversion system is the so-called “synthesis/design problem”, i.e., the definition of the system configuration and design parameters.
This general problem has a different level of complexity depending on the design requirements and other boundary constraints. The system is generally asked to supply energy to the users in the required form and time variability. On the other hand, it operates in a specific location where the availability of energy sources may be limited by different constraints such as market prices, weather conditions (especially in case of renewables) or others. Other constraints are given by the external environment, which limits for instance the room available for the system construction, availability of water for condensation processes, emissions of toxic substances, etc.
Energy systems are considered here as assembly of components (single plants) or assembly of plants (group of plants). In both cases the goal is to fulfil the users’ demands (electricity, heat, cooling, fuels, etc.) utilizing the available sources and operating in a specified location. These systems can work in isolation or be connected to an electric grid or other heat or fuel networks and can take advantage of the presence of storage capacities of various types to properly decouple users’ demands from energy generation.
This Special Issue aims to address the general problem of the design and operation of the system configuration both for single or group of plants, which involves decisions about thermodynamic cycles or processes involved, type, number and design parameters of components/plants and storage capacities, and their interconnections.
The availability of easy-to-use and more powerful built-in software, or the possibility to create new software to simulate (and therefore predict) and optimize the system performance taking into account all possible external constraints (e.g., grid capacity restrictions, stochastic availability of renewable sources, energy prices and costs, etc.) widen the possibility of creating “smart” system configurations, e.g., able to optimally adapt to requirements and other constraints.
Original manuscripts focusing on the search for new energy systems (as described above) configurations are welcome. New concepts, modelling approaches, optimization algorithms and practical applications aimed at simplifying and making more efficient, less costly, more environmental friendly this search are distinguishing factors.
Prof. Andrea Lazzaretto
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- automatic generation of energy systems superstructures or alternative concepts
- smart interaction between generation units, grids or other heating, cooling or fuel networks
- mixed integer linear/non-linear optimization approaches
- multi-objective optimization approaches
- energy market structures
- decision making tools and offering strategies for producers, users and prosumers
- stochastic predictions of renewable sources availability, energy prices and costs
- modelling approaches of generation units and constraints