Special Issue "Selected Papers from the SDEWES 2020 Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water, and Environment Systems"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 February 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Poul Alberg Østergaard
Guest Editor
Department of Planning, Aalborg University, 9000 Aalborg, Denmark
Interests: energy systems; energy scenarios; renewable energy system integration; energy and development; environmental impacts from energy development
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Prof. Dr. Francesco Calise
Guest Editor
Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, 80125 Naples, Italy
Interests: fuel cells; advanced optimization techniques; solar thermal systems; concentrating photovoltaic/thermal photovoltaic systems; energy saving in buildings; solar heating and cooling; organic Rankine cycles; geothermal energy; dynamic simulations of energy systems; renewable polygeneration systems
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Prof. Dr. Neven Duić
Guest Editor
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb, Lučićeva 5, HR-10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Interests: energy planning of energy systems with high penetration of renewables; sustainable communities; energy policy; energy economics; mitigation of climate change; energy efficiency and combustion engineering
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Prof. Dr. Qiuwang Wang
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Guest Editor
Key Laboratory of Thermo-Fluid Science and Engineering (Ministry of Education), Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710049, China
Interests: heat transfer enhancement and its applications to engineering problems; high-temperature heat transfer and fluid flow; transport phenomena in porous media; numerical simulation; prediction and optimization
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Prof. Dr. Maria da Graça Carvalho

Guest Editor
Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Lisbon, 1649-004 Lisboa, Portugal
Interests: energy; sustainable development; climate change; energy policy; science-based policy making

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

One of the main issues of the coming decades is improving efficiencies by integrating various life-supporting systems, using waste from one as a resource in another, and in then exact moment when it is beneficial to all, integrating electricity, heating, cooling, transport, water, buildings, waste, wastewater, industry, forestry, and agriculture systems. Sustainability also being the perfect field for interdisciplinary and multicultural evaluation of complex systems, the SDEWES conferences have become a significant venue for researchers in those areas to meet and to develop, discuss, share, and disseminate new ideas. 

Energy has been and is the key-factor in human development; however, it is also one of the main—if not the main—human environmental fingerprints. Even with a significant attention on the importance and merits of sustainable energy supply over the last few decades, there are still significant gaps to be filled with respect to how to design and implement technically optimal energy systems at the lowest cost.  

This Special Issue (SI) aims to provide an important contribution by presenting state-of-the-art sustainable energy supply solutions ranging from technical analyses of energy components on both the supply and demand side to energy scenarios and pathways. This SI particularly welcomes SDEWES papers that address the energy system without traditional sector boundaries between electricity, heating, cooling, transportation and industrial demands and rather considers the integration and synergies between these sectors.

The 15th conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water, and Environment Systems—SDEWES Conference will be held in Cologne, dedicated to the improvement and dissemination of knowledge on methods, policies, and technologies for increasing the sustainability of development by de-coupling growth from natural resources and replacing them with knowledge-based economy, taking into account its economic, environmental, and social pillars.

Prof. Dr. Poul Alberg Østergaard
Prof. Dr. Francesco Calise
Prof. Dr. Neven Duić
Prof. Dr. Qiuwang Wang
Prof. Dr. Maria da Graça Carvalho
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 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.


  • Sustainability comparisons and measurements
  • Smart energy systems
  • Energy policy
  • Water–energy nexus
  • Energy system analysis
  • Renewable energy resources
  • Primary energy resources
  • Renewable electricity generation systems
  • Thermal power plants
  • District heating and/or cooling
  • Advanced sustainable energy conversion systems
  • Renewable heat systems
  • Biofuels and biorefineries
  • Alternative fuels
  • Hybrid and electric vehicles
  • Water treatment for drinking water
  • Modelling for pollution avoidance and energy efficiency
  • Cogeneration, trigeneration, polygeneration
  • Energy storage
  • Electricity transmission and distribution
  • Gas security of supply
  • Energy efficiency in industry and mining
  • Energy-efficient appliances
  • Energy efficiency in buildings
  • Energy markets

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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