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Sustainable Energy Transition, Utilization and Management – An Elemental Endowment to SDG 7

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (24 December 2021) | Viewed by 3191

Special Issue Editors

Engineering and Energy, College of Science, Health, Engineering and Education, Murdoch University, Perth 6150, Australia
Interests: future electricity networks; microgrids; power systems reliability and stability analysis; renewable energy; and its enabling technologies; renewable energy integration into the grid-connected and off-grid electricity networks; energy efficiency and demand management; hydrogen economy; and sustainability in the energy sector
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Renewable Energy Lab, College of Engineering, Prince Sultan University, Riyadh 11586, Saudi Arabia
Interests: energy transition; sustainable development goal 7 (SDG7); nationally determined contributions (NDCs); renewable energy and energy efficiency; sustainability in industries and building sector
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement, together, aim to endow a “Sustainable World for All” through various perspectives and targets. Energy Sustainability is the key to promoting the Sustainable Development Goals, and humanity is already witnessing the energy transition, with renewables playing a dominant role. With the development of technologies and spreading digitalization, the world is energized with tons of possibilities, where the sustainability aspect can be strengthened. The process of imparting sustainability can be initiated with the energy transition, followed by a plethora of changes in the industrial sector, transportation sector and building sector to ultimately ensure the utilization of clean energy for the foundation of a green environment. Further considerations of techno-economic contributions to promoting affordability and ensuring energy security will prevail as a helping hand to achieve SDG 7. Besides, a significant contribution is required from diverse social bodies that can potentially be influenced by proper guidance and evidence. For such evidential contributions, the role of research communities is pivotal.

Therefore, this Special Issue seeks to contribute to the Sustainable Development Agenda through enhanced scientific and multi-disciplinary knowledge for identifying an efficient, economical and effective approach that also promotes environmental goals as well as social equity. We, therefore, invite papers on novel technical developments, reviews, case studies, and analytical as well as assessment papers from different disciplines, which could potentially hasten the progress in sustainability, especially in the energy sector, transportation sector and industrial sector in the context of sustainable energy. Further considerations of the SDG 7 assessment, strategical analysis and policy implications to support energy sustainability will be substantial.

Hence, the objective of this Special Issue is to attract researchers and practitioners in energy and SDGs, including national and global policies and initiatives to achieve the targets of SDG 7, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This Special Issue will accept original/review research about novel and innovative approaches that address the following topics (but is not limited to these): 

  1. Renewable energy/distributed energy resource integration.
  2. Energy transition and transformation—decentralization, digitization and decarbonization.
  3. Energy system design, modeling and optimization to achieve SDG 7 targets.
  4. Energy from waste, recycling and circularity.
  5. Mini-, micro- and nano-grids—the roles in electrification, digitization and automation.
  6. Micro-grids: ancillary services, transactive energy and demand responses.
  7. Electric vehicles—efficiency enhancement, affordability analysis and the influence on various sectors.
  8. The resiliency, cost savings and sustainability of the utilities.
  9. Self-sustainable assessment in households and smart buildings.
  10. Sustainable energy consumption and decentralized generation assessment in the industrial sector.
  11. The assessment of renewable and sustainable energy potential from geographical and geopolitical aspects.
  12. Techno-economic considerations of sustainable and renewable energy transitions.
  13. Directing policies and regulations towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

Dr. GM Shafiullah
Dr. Umashankar Subramaniam
Guest Editors

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  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Renewable energy and its enabling technologies
  • Renewable energy integration with the energy mix
  • Energy efficiency
  • Future electricity networks
  • Energy policy and planning
  • Energy affordability
  • Sustainability

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EU R&D Funding for Electricity Grid Technologies and the Energy Transition: Centralised versus Decentralised Transition Pathways
Energies 2022, 15(3), 868; https://doi.org/10.3390/en15030868 - 25 Jan 2022
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In the acceleration phase transitions often increase in depth and scope, and thereby create knock-on effects for wider system structures. In the renewable energy transition, for example, higher shares of intermittent renewable energy sources call for new grid technologies to increase flexible grid [...] Read more.
In the acceleration phase transitions often increase in depth and scope, and thereby create knock-on effects for wider system structures. In the renewable energy transition, for example, higher shares of intermittent renewable energy sources call for new grid technologies to increase flexible grid operation. At the same time, there are different ways of achieving renewable energy transitions and providing flexibility. In Europe, important tensions exist over how centralised or decentralised a renewable energy electricity system should be. This paper explores to what extent and how European framework programmes for research and development have addressed and supported innovation in transmission grid (centralised system) and distribution grid (decentralised) technologies. We analyse European R&D projects that studied electricity grid planning, development and innovation over 2002–2020. We apply social network analysis of the collaboration partners in these projects, and analyse the calls for proposals issued by three European Framework Programmes: FP6, FP7 and Horizon 2020. The framework programmes have addressed energy-related issues, but the priorities have changed over time, reflecting the ongoing energy transition. We ask if the importance of transmission grid vs. distribution grid has changed over time, and if and how the collaboration patterns have changed. Full article
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