Special Issue "Photovoltaic Systems in the Built Environment"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bogdan-Gabriel Burduhos
Guest Editor
Renewable Energy Systems and Recycling R&D Centre, Transilvania University of Brasov, Brasov 500036, Romania
Interests: renewable energy systems; photovoltaic systems; solar radiation; renewable hybrid electrical systems; building energy management systems
Prof. Dr. Mircea Neagoe
Guest Editor
Renewable Energy Systems and Recycling R&D Centre, Transilvania University of Brasov, Brasov 500036, Romania
Interests: renewable energy systems; wind turbines; speed increasers; solar radiation; photovoltaic systems; solar thermal systems; solar tracking systems; hybrid renewable energy systems, product design and development; artificial intelligence in renewable energy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to announce this Special Issue of the Energies journal on “Photovoltaic Systems in the Built Environment” and to invite you to contribute with your original research and review articles.

Energy is the most problematic issues of humankind in the actual context of fast increase of population and urbanization, and economic development.

The production of energy using fossil fuels is a constant factor of pollution, economic, and military conflicts. The negative effects can be mitigated if the energy is locally produced from renewable energy sources, aiming at developing sustainable energy communities.

In the built environment, ranging in scale from buildings to cities, photovoltaic (PV) systems are one of the most affordable and feasible solutions (silent and versatile to limited space restrictions) for addressing the electricity demand to a significant extent, minimizing energy transport losses and the dependence on the national grid.

Besides the obvious benefits, the implementation of PV systems in the built environment comes with several challenges, such as energy management considering the variability of the solar radiation and electricity consumption, storage of the excess energy, etc.

The topics of interest for this Special Issue should be related to the built environment and may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Solar potential
  • Design of PV systems
  • Estimation/forecasting of PV energy
  • PV energy storage
  • Shading with PVs
  • Smart self-consumption of PV energy in local micro-grid
  • Hybrid renewable energy systems
  • PV applications in/near buildings (BIPV, BAPV, facades, street lighting, etc.)
  • Architectural aspects of the PV integration
  • PV and sustainable transport facilities
  • Bifacial PV, PVT, and CPV systems
  • PV tracking systems
  • nZEB / NZEB with PV systems
  • Building energy management systems and PV systems
  • Artificial intelligence applied in PV systems and solar radiation

This Special Issue will collect outstanding research and development outcomes from all over the world that will contribute to the larger implementation of PV systems in the sustainable cities of the future.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bogdan-Gabriel Burduhos
Prof. Dr. Mircea Neagoe
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.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 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.


  • Photovoltaic systems
  • Built environment, nZEB / NZEB
  • Solar potential
  • Hybrid renewable energy systems
  • Architectural PV integration
  • PV energy forecasting and consumption

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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