Special Issue "Research and Business in Renewable Energy Sources 2020"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020).

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Dr. Wojciech Budzianowski
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Wojciech Budzianowski Consulting Services, Poleska 11/37, PL-51354 Wrocław, Poland
Interests: renewable energy sources; innovation management; sustainable business development; economics
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Dear Colleagues,

Clean renewable energies, although available in nature for free, are characterized by some limitations such as high spatial dilution, capital intensity, etc. To overcome these types of limitations and achieve a real impact, further significant research developments are required. Moreover, adequate business approaches also need to be proposed to better reflect the specific techno-economics of various renewable energy sources and enable their deployment in current practice. All these developments should relevantly target technologies, policy, economics, social aspects and environmental issues associated with renewable energy sources. Therefore, this Special Issue aims at encouraging researchers to address challenges associated with research and business in renewable energy sources. The Special Issue will attract attention of researchers, engineers, economists, manufacturers, NGOs, associations, societies and policymakers to help them keep abreast of new developments and to apply the most effective solutions to current practices. It seeks research reports and innovative solutions that could contribute to the further development of the utilization of renewable energy sources. In addition, submissions of review papers that systematically evaluate advances in renewable energy sources with an emphasis on technological excellence and realistic commercial potential are also invited. Submissions from all internationally leading authors as well as from participants at the “Renewable Energy Sources—Research and Business” conference are warmly invited.

Dr. Wojciech Budzianowski
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • renewable energy sources
  • solar energy
  • bioenergy
  • wind energy
  • hydro energy
  • innovation management
  • sustainable business development
  • business
  • technology
  • economics
  • policy
  • sustainability
  • application to current practices

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New Methodological Approach for Performance Assessment in the Bioenergy Field
Energies 2021, 14(4), 901; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14040901 - 09 Feb 2021
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Bioenergy, along with other renewables, has always played its part in the world’s energy transition. Tracking the progress to meet specific goals has long been tackled and led to performance evaluation in the field. The present study aims to contribute to this area [...] Read more.
Bioenergy, along with other renewables, has always played its part in the world’s energy transition. Tracking the progress to meet specific goals has long been tackled and led to performance evaluation in the field. The present study aims to contribute to this area with a performance assessment framework in the bioenergy field. It comprises 16 European countries and 30 indicators assigned to three dimensions: innovation, efficiency, and sustainability and it follows a well-established methodology. For enabling country-to-country comparison, five maps are designed for better illustration. The country performance ranking is one of the main outputs of the analysis, revealing the outperformers and the weakest countries from its bottom half, as well as the particularities of countries scoring on each of the three dimensions. The policy recommendations and study limitations represent the most relevant part of the conclusions. Full article
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Technological Progress and Supply Base under Uncertain Market Conditions: The Case Study of the Taiwanese c-Si Solar Industry 2016–2019
Energies 2020, 13(21), 5841; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13215841 - 09 Nov 2020
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The recent years of the PV industry have been demarcated by a severe imbalance of manufacturing capacities versus demand. The goal of our research was to assess the technological progress and evolution of the Taiwanese c-Si PV supplier industry structure during the period [...] Read more.
The recent years of the PV industry have been demarcated by a severe imbalance of manufacturing capacities versus demand. The goal of our research was to assess the technological progress and evolution of the Taiwanese c-Si PV supplier industry structure during the period of 2016 to 2019 when the end-product experienced price volatility. The analysis was conducted based on data derived from Taiwanese manufacturers and industry sources with regard to current technological and market trends. We illuminate two main conclusions: the industry is advancing consolidation, and it is decreasing the pace of technological advancements, especially in comparison to its Chinese counterparts. The study suggests there is a need for improving efficiencies in the production processes, and shifting toward downstream segments in order to maximize the utilization of resources in the segments with the highest profit margins. Full article
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Conversion of Residential Heating Systems from Fossil Fuels to Biofuels: A Cross-Cultural Analysis
Energies 2020, 13(19), 5063; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13195063 - 27 Sep 2020
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This paper aims to analyse: (a) how the attitude towards renewable energy-based heating systems, pro-environmental behaviour and the perceived attributes of technology influence intention to convert residential heating systems from fossil fuels to biofuels, and (b) the moderating role of culture based on [...] Read more.
This paper aims to analyse: (a) how the attitude towards renewable energy-based heating systems, pro-environmental behaviour and the perceived attributes of technology influence intention to convert residential heating systems from fossil fuels to biofuels, and (b) the moderating role of culture based on Hofstede’s individualism dimension. A total of 425 responses were collected from a panel of internet users from representative countries in three continents (the United States, the United Kingdom and South Africa); the data analysis was carried out using structural equation models in a multigroup analysis. The results showed that attitude towards renewable energy-based heating systems is influenced by environmental variables in the United States and the United Kingdom, and by the perceived attributes of clean residential heating systems in the United States and South Africa. Attitude, in turn, impacts on the intention to convert from fossil fuels to biofuels. In addition, individualism has a moderating effect between these variables and there are intercultural differences in the degree of importance attributed to them. The study concludes the use of these energy systems as drivers of environmentally-sustainable development. Full article
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Spatial Energy Planning: A Review
Energies 2020, 13(20), 5379; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13205379 - 15 Oct 2020
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Despite the fact that some renewable energy (RE) technologies are already techno-economically viable, the high spatial dilution nature of their sources, together with aspects beyond the techno-economic ones (such as environmental, social, cultural, and other aspects), can become strong constraints and barriers when [...] Read more.
Despite the fact that some renewable energy (RE) technologies are already techno-economically viable, the high spatial dilution nature of their sources, together with aspects beyond the techno-economic ones (such as environmental, social, cultural, and other aspects), can become strong constraints and barriers when it comes to their integration into electric systems. Therefore, with the objective of determining whether studies on spatial energy planning (SEP) are addressing these issues, a systematic review has been carried out to address whether SEP studies are considering aspects beyond the techno-economic ones when integrating RE technologies and, if they are being considered, how they are addressed in their analyses and what criteria, factors, and indicators of the aspects that are employed. Apart from the revelation that the concept of SEP has been included within high-quality scientific literature for less than ten years, SEP seems to be an unexploited tool with the potential to provide significant insight into a planning process that could prevent conflicts when integrating RE technologies into electric systems. This would be useful for decision-makers and for accelerating a sustainable energy transition. Full article
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