Special Issue "Efficient Electrification Control Systems for Smart Buildings"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2018).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Ben Slama Sami
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Guest Editor
Jeddah community college, King Abulaziz University, KSA
Prof. César Benavente
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Guest Editor
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid | UPM,Spain
Dr. Nasri Sihem
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Sciences of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia
Interests: Smart Buildings; Smart technologies; Artificial Intelligence(AI) ; Energy Management System(EMS); Energy storage

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Smart buildings (SBs) are designed and managed over the long term through the supply chain and multidisciplinary consumers demand. It means that all consumers must to undestand the need for a long-term vision and effective communication processes. To do this, SBs have been chosen as attractive research topics that provide consumers with uninterrupted electricity. Moreover, these SBs  are considered as an option to improve energy security. For this reason, this special issue is dedicated to smart energy distribution and energy storage in SBs. To improve the quality of the indoor environment and reduce the energy requirements of a building during peak periods, new research results and new proven practices should be presented. Articles dealing with new low-energy Vehicle To Grid (V2G), Vehicle To Home (V2H) and Home to Vehicle (H2V) are particularly welcome.

This special issue will encourage authors to develop advanced intelligent approaches for the smart home using important technologies such as inexpensive sensors, generalized automation, etc. These approaches promise a new level of comfort for consumers while encouraging sustainable solutions. Submissions are welcome on topics related to the following areas:

  • Intelligent Buildings and Cities: Visions and Strategies
  • Innovation and Technology
  • People: Health and Wellbeing
  • Economics, Design and Management
  • Biomimetic Architecture
  • Cities for People
  • Designing and Managing for Sustainability
  • Design, engineering process and field applications of energy storage in the built environment,
  • System integration of storage systems into building envelopes and building-integrated-renewables configurations,
  • Storage-based systems for mitigating indoor-outdoor microclimate,
  • Intelligent predictive control strategies in buildings with energy storage system,
  • Energy storage applications in smart building settlements.

Prof. Ben Slama Sami
Prof. César Benavente
Dr. Nasri Sihem
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Smart building
  • Energy supply
  • Energy distribution
  • Energy management
  • Energy storage

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Hybrid Electric Vehicle: Design and Control of a Hybrid System (Fuel Cell/Battery/Ultra-Capacitor) Supplied by Hydrogen
Energies 2019, 12(7), 1272; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12071272 - 02 Apr 2019
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Due to its high efficiency and reduced emissions, new zero-emission hybrid electric vehicles have been selected as an attractive challenge for future transport applications. New zero -emission hybrid electric, on the other hand, has some major drawbacks from the complicated charging process. The [...] Read more.
Due to its high efficiency and reduced emissions, new zero-emission hybrid electric vehicles have been selected as an attractive challenge for future transport applications. New zero -emission hybrid electric, on the other hand, has some major drawbacks from the complicated charging process. The hybrid electrical fuel cell system is introduced as the main source to intelligently control multi-source activities. An ultra-capacitor system is selected as the energy recovery assistance to monitor the fuel cell’s fast transient and peak power during critical periods. To regulate energy demand and supply, an intelligent energy management system is proposed and tested through several constraints. The proposed approach system aims to act quickly against sudden circumstances related to hydrogen depletion in the prediction of the required fuel consumption basis. The proposed strategy tends to define the proper operating system according to energy demand and supply. The obtained results show that the designed system meets the targets set for the energy management unit by referring to an experimental velocity database. Full article
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A Multi-Agent System for Smart Energy Management Devoted to Vehicle Applications: Realistic Dynamic Hybrid Electric System Using Hydrogen as a Fuel
Energies 2019, 12(3), 474; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12030474 - 01 Feb 2019
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Real-time simulation test beds for new zero-emission hybrid electric vehicles are considered as an attractive challenge for future transport applications that are fully recommended in the laboratory environment. In contrast, new zero-emission hybrid electric vehicles have a more complicated charging procedure. For this [...] Read more.
Real-time simulation test beds for new zero-emission hybrid electric vehicles are considered as an attractive challenge for future transport applications that are fully recommended in the laboratory environment. In contrast, new zero-emission hybrid electric vehicles have a more complicated charging procedure. For this reason, an efficient simulation tools development for hydrogen consumption control becomes critical. In this vein, a New Zero Emission Hybrid Electric Vehicle Simulation (NZE-HEVSim) tool for the dynamic Fuel Cell Hybrid-Electric System is proposed to smartly control multisource activities. The designed system consists of a proton-exchange membrane fuel cell used to provide the required energy demand and a Supercapacitor system for energy recovery assistance in load peak or in fast transient. To regulate the supplied power, an efficient Real-Time Embedded Intelligent Energy Management (RT-EM-IEM) is implemented and tested through various constraints. The proposed intelligent energy management system aims to act quickly against sudden circumstances related to hydrogen depletion in the basis required fuel consumption prediction using multi-agent system (MAS). The proposed MAS strategy aims to define the proper operating agent according to energy demand and supply. The obtained results prove that the designed system meets the objectives set for RT-EM-IEM by referring to an experimental velocity database. Full article
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On the Energy Efficiency in the Next Generation of Smart Buildings—Supporting Technologies and Techniques
Energies 2019, 12(22), 4399; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12224399 - 19 Nov 2019
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Energy efficiency is one of the most relevant issues that the scientific community, and society in general, must face in the next years. Furthermore, higher energy efficiencies will contribute to worldwide sustainability. Buildings are responsible for 40% of the overall consumed energy. Smart [...] Read more.
Energy efficiency is one of the most relevant issues that the scientific community, and society in general, must face in the next years. Furthermore, higher energy efficiencies will contribute to worldwide sustainability. Buildings are responsible for 40% of the overall consumed energy. Smart Grids and Smart Buildings are playing an essential role in the definition of the next generation of sustainable Smart Cities. The main goal is reducing the impact of energy consumption on the environment as much as possible. This paper focuses on information communication technologies (ICTs) and techniques, their key characteristics and contribution to obtain higher energy efficiencies in smart buildings. Given that electrical energy is the most used, the investigation mainly centres on this energy. This paper also pays attention to green energies and energy harvesting due to their contribution to energy efficiency by providing additional clean energy. The main contribution of this investigation is pointing out the most relevant existing and emerging ICT technologies and techniques which can be used to optimize the energy efficiency of Smart Buildings. The research puts special attention on available, novel and emerging sensors, communication technologies and standards, intelligence techniques and algorithms, green energies and energy harvesting. All of them enable high-performance intelligent systems to optimize energy consumption and occupants’ comfort. Furthermore, it remarks on the most suitable technologies and techniques, their main features and their applications in Smart Buildings. Full article
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