Special Issue "Planning, Integration and Management in Sustainable Energy Systems"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Energy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. João Carlos de Oliveira Matias
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GOVCOPP Research Unit; Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engineering and Tourism (DEGEIT), University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: sustainability; industrial engineering and management; sustainable energy systems; sustainable management systems (quality, maintenance, occupational health and safety); sustainable and lean production; circular economy; technological Innovation
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Prof. Dr. Paula Varandas Ferreira
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Department of Production and Systems, University of Minho, Campus de Azurém, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal
Interests: energy; sustainability; multi-criteria; energy planning; energy economics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The only way to have a secure energy future is to find an environmentally sustainable path that leads to improved and responsible use of energy. Failure to respond to societal concerns regarding the life cycle of energy—from energy extraction/production to its consumption—and the natural environment could jeopardize the consistent and secure energy supply on which our economies depend.

When addressing the topic of energy in the context of sustainable development, the social dimension must also be introduced. The production and use of energy must not only be compatible with the environmental priorities of modern society, but must also be organized in such a way that it could support the social consensus that unites us. However, several challenges still thwart our ability to head in a more sustainable direction and prevent us from achieving the potential of greater energy efficiency.

Novel designs and models that integrate and organize renewable energy generation systems taking into account the environment and society for the generation and efficient use of energy and methods for the management of emissions, recycling, and reuse of water and waste can be proposed in this Special Issue. Therefore, researchers and policymakers are invited to submit their manuscripts to this Special Issue and contribute innovative models, proposals, reviews, and all the remaining types of studies.

Prof. Dr. João C.O. Matias
Prof. Dr. Paula Varandas Ferreira
Prof. Dr. Radu Godina
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Energy policy
  • Multi-energy systems
  • Thermal energy generation and management
  • Energy life-cycle assessment
  • Sustainable energy
  • Energy and circular economy
  • Energy markets
  • Power generation and systems
  • Renewable energy
  • Distributed generation
  • Energy optimization models
  • Energy storage systems
  • Energy efficiency in end-use sectors
  • Electric and hydrogen mobility
  • Building and home energy management
  • Emergy, Entransy, and exergy analyses
  • Fuels

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A Logistics Management System for a Biomass-to-Energy Production Plant Storage Park
Energies 2020, 13(20), 5512; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13205512 - 21 Oct 2020
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The biomass industry is growing due to the current search for greener and more sustainable alternatives to fossil energy sources. However, this industry, due to its singularity, presents several challenges and disadvantages related to the transportation of raw materials, with the large volumes [...] Read more.
The biomass industry is growing due to the current search for greener and more sustainable alternatives to fossil energy sources. However, this industry, due to its singularity, presents several challenges and disadvantages related to the transportation of raw materials, with the large volumes that are usually involved. This project aimed to address this internal logistics situation in torrefied biomass pellets production with two different biomass storage parks, located in Portugal. The main park receives raw material coming directly from the source and stores it in large amounts as a backup and strategic storage park. The second park, with smaller dimensions, precedes the production unit and must be stocked daily. Therefore, a fleet of transport units with self-unloading cranes is required to help to unload the biomass at the main park and transport the raw material from this park to the one preceding the production unit. Thus, the main goal was to determine the dimensions of the fleet used in internal transportation operations to minimize the idle time of the transport units using a methodology already in use in the mining and quarrying industry. This methodology was analyzed and adapted to the situation presented here. The implementation of this study allows the elimination of unnecessary costs in an industry where the profit margins are low. Full article
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Electric Vehicles and Biofuels Synergies in the Brazilian Energy System
Energies 2020, 13(17), 4423; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13174423 - 27 Aug 2020
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Shaping a secure and sustainable energy future may require a set of transformations in the global energy sector. Although several studies have recognized the importance of Electric Vehicles (EVs) for power systems, no large-scale studies have been performed to assess the impact of [...] Read more.
Shaping a secure and sustainable energy future may require a set of transformations in the global energy sector. Although several studies have recognized the importance of Electric Vehicles (EVs) for power systems, no large-scale studies have been performed to assess the impact of this technology in energy systems combining a diverse set of renewable energies for electricity production and biofuels in the transportation sector such as the case of Brazil. This research makes several noteworthy contributions to the current literature, including not only the evaluation of the main impacts of EVs’ penetration in a renewable electricity system but also a Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) that estimates the overall level of CO2 emissions resulted from the EVs integration. Findings of this study indicated a clear positive effect of increasing the share of EVs on reducing the overall level of CO2 emissions. This is, however, highly dependent on the share of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in the power system and the use of biofuels in the transport sector but also on the credits resulting from the battery recycling materials credit and battery reuse credit. Our conclusions underline the importance of such studies in providing support for the governmental discussions regarding potential synergies in the use of bioresources between transport and electricity sectors. Full article
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Demand Response Programs in Multi-Energy Systems: A Review
Energies 2020, 13(17), 4332; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13174332 - 21 Aug 2020
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A key challenge for future energy systems is how to minimize the effects of employing demand response (DR) programs on the consumer. There exists a diverse range of consumers with a variety of types of loads, such as must-run loads, and this can [...] Read more.
A key challenge for future energy systems is how to minimize the effects of employing demand response (DR) programs on the consumer. There exists a diverse range of consumers with a variety of types of loads, such as must-run loads, and this can reduce the impact of consumer participation in DR programs. Multi-energy systems (MES) can solve this issue and have the capability to reduce any discomfort faced by all types of consumers who are willing to participate in the DRPs. In this paper, the most recent implementations of DR frameworks in the MESs are comprehensively reviewed. The DR modelling approach in such energy systems is investigated and the main contributions of each of these works are included. Notably, the amount of research in MES has rapidly increased in recent years. The majority of the reviewed works consider power, heat and gas systems within the MES. Over three-quarters of the papers investigated consider some form of energy storage system, which shows how important having efficient, cost-effective and reliable energy storage systems will be in the future. In addition, a vast majority of the works also considered some form of demand response programs in their model. This points to the need to make participating in the energy market easier for consumers, as well as the importance of good communication between generators, system operators, and consumers. Moreover, the emerging topics within the area of MES are investigated using a bibliometric analysis to provide insight to other researchers in this area. Full article
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