Special Issue "Virtual Power Plants: ICT-Based Control and Optimization"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. S. M. Muyeen
Guest Editor
Dr. Sajal K. Das
Guest Editor
Department of Mechatronic Engineering, Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology, Rajshahi 6204, Bangladesh
Interests: Control theory and its application in microgrid and smart grid; renewable energy; power system stability
Prof. Dr. Frede Blaabjerg
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Guest Editor
Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Aalborg 9220, Denmark
Interests: power electronics and its applications in motor drives; wind turbines; PV systems; harmonics; reliability of power electronic systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleague,

The high-volume incorporation of low inertia distributed energy resources of diverse ranges in the power grid to meet the growing energy demand of this era of a fourth industrial revolution has led to an urgent need for us to redesign the centralized power generation and distribution model of electricity into a new decentralized safe and secured structure for the bidirectional flow of electrical energy in order to protect our planet. The preface of this innovative arrangement paves the way for the latest trademark of the energy management framework, the virtual power plant (VPP) that intelligently combines and individually optimizes multiple discrete generations, energy storages, and loads exploiting an ICT-based control system which can map and regulate production vigorously and deal wisely in the energy marketplace. The flourishing action of the VPP necessitates precise scheduling, pricing, forecasting, and demand responses for endeavors, which are constrained by cybersecurity, information networks, protocols, maintenance, and technical and economic aspects. Researchers, scientists, and engineers in the academic world and industry call for solutions to deal with the abovementioned problems, especially from an ICT-based control and optimization point of view. This Special Issue is aimed at addressing the advancement of emerging technologies for future-generation virtual power plants in the context of ICT-based control and optimization.         

Topics of interest:

  • Advancements in the architectural model of the future-generation virtual power plant;
  • VPP communication protocol and network security;
  • ICT-based innovative energy management for VPP;
  • ICT-based demand response management of VPP;
  • Data analytics for VPP;
  • Big data management and control;
  • Critical design issues of VPP;
  • Intelligent and modern control design for VPP;
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies for VPP;
  • Advancing grid-forming inverter technology for VPP;
  • Software development and management for VPP;
  • Networked communication of VPP;
  • Operational flexibility and scalability of VPP;
  • Market modeling and social benefits of VPP;
  • Emerging technologies for VPP.

Dr. S. M. Muyeen
Dr. Sajal K. Das
Prof. Dr. Frede Blaabjerg
Guest Editors

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