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Special Issue "Digital Innovations for PV Systems and Grid Integration"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "B1: Solar Energy and Photovoltaic Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Pierre-Jean Alet
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Guest Editor
PV-Center, CSEM, CH-2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Interests: fault detection and diagnostics; PV forecasting; graph machine learning; congestion management; flexibility assessment and activation; power system operations; inverter control
Dr. Ioannis (John) Tsanakas
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Guest Editor
CEA – INES (Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission – National Institute of Solar Energy), 73370 Le Bourget-du-Lac, France
Interests: O&M of PV systems; in-field PV diagnostics; PV modules’ and systems’ reliability and forensics; sustainability and circular economy for PV modules and systems; emerging PV applications (agriPV, BIPV, floating PV)
Dr. Thomas Strasser
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Guest Editor
1. Electric Energy Systems, Center for Energy, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Giefinggasse 2, A-1210 Vienna, Austria
2. Institute of Mechanics and Mechatronics, TU Wien, Getreidemarkt 9/325, A-1060 Vienna, Austria
Interests: power utility automation; modeling and (real-time) simulation of smart grid systems; ICT for smart grids; validation and testing of smart grid systems; hardware-in-the-loop experiments; industrial automation
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Dr. Grazia Barchi
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Guest Editor
Institute for Renewable Energy, EURAC Research, 39100 Bolzano, Italy
Interests: electric grid modeling and operations; photovoltaic hosting capacity analysis and integration; signal-processing algorithms for energy-related; measurements applications mainly focused on synchrophasors and grid state estimation
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Dr. Saverio De Vito
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ENEA, Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, C.R. Portici, 80055 Portici, Naples, Italy
Interests: machine learning; IoT; data analysis and intelligent sensing for energy; industrial and pervasive monitoring applications
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Digitalization is essential to bolster the massive deployment, robust operation, and seamless integration of photovoltaic (PV) systems and (smart) grids. The strategic importance of digitalizing PV systems and grids for both PV research and industry is also reflected in the recent creation by the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) of its “Digital PV System and Grid” Working Group that aims to form a consolidated view of the state of the art, innovation potential, and challenges ahead in this area.

In this context, this Special Issue of MDPI Energies is dedicated to recent advances in research, technology development, and validation (case) studies on different aspects and technologies for digital PV and grid applications. As such, these may fall, but are not limited, into one (or more) the following areas and their specific topics:

  • Advanced design/modeling/validation tools: algorithms for modeling, site assessment, and design optimization of new/emerging PV technologies (bifacial PV, integrated PV, floating PV); PV digital twins; energy yield modeling and simulations of new/emerging PV technologies;
  • Data-driven operations and maintenance (O&M): smart PV monitoring solutions; PV data analytics; advanced PV field inspections and diagnostics; unmanned aerial vehicles/drones for maintenance services; predictive maintenance; data-driven PV tracking optimization; advanced PV power forecasting (AI-based, sky imagery, etc.).
  • Streamlined control and energy management from PV to grid: IoT sensors for PV; PV as distributed energy resources (DER); PV and smart (micro)grid optimization; interconnectivity and interoperability with other (micro)grid components (energy storage, PV and electric, vehicles-to-grid (V2G), etc.); smart inverter as a cyber-physical system
  • Upscaling, deployment, services, and market: digital PV/grid solutions for local energy communities, smart districts, and cities; ancillary services; data-as-a-service (DaaS) for PV/grids; software-as-a-service (SaaS) for PV/grid; business models for PV/grid in the digital era, PV and distributed ledger technologies.

This Special Issue welcomes papers that either present new knowledge and advances in science and research engineering or provide a comprehensive critical review of the existing literature and state-of-play in one (or more) of the above topics.

Dr. Pierre-Jean Alet
Dr. Ioannis (John) Tsanakas
Dr. Thomas Strasser
Dr. Grazia Barchi
Dr. Saverio De Vito
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 2000 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.

Keywords

  • PV systems 
  • smart grids 
  • grid integration 
  • automation and control
  • energy management 
  • digitalization 
  • digital twins 
  • PV monitoring 
  • PV data analytics and diagnostics 
  • PV power forecasting 
  • smart inverters 
  • energy communities

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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