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Sector Coupling for Sustainable Urban and Regional Energy Systems

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 May 2021) | Viewed by 4727

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Institute of Spatial Planning, Environmental Planning and Land Rearrangement (IRUB), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, 1190 Vienna, Austria
Interests: climate change adaptation and mitigation; energy transition planning; integrated spatial and energy planning; sustainable spatial planning; development of planning methods and planning tools; environmental and sustainability assessments; participatory planning; planning theory; quality of planning

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Institute for Chemical and Energy Engineering (IVET), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, 1190 Vienna, Austria
Interests: energy engineering and energy efficiency; sustainable solutions and modelling; multi-sector simulation; intelligent energy management systems and smart buildings; big data analysis; management of electrical loads

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Institute of Spatial Planning, Environmental Planning and Land Rearrangement (IRUB), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, 1190 Vienna, Austria
Interests: sustainable spatial planning and regional development; integrated spatial and energy planning; spatio-temporal modelling; development of planning methods and planning tools; participatory planning; sustainability assessment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sector coupling is a pressing issue for integrating volatile renewable energy sources into urban and regional energy systems. Holistically modelling and planning sector coupling means integrating energy savings, energy efficiency, renewable energy generation, energy storage, and energy distribution. Options for sector coupling are also determined by the spatial fabric with consideration of the diversity and density of residential, commercial, industrial, recreational, agricultural, etc. land uses and mobility in urban areas and regions.
This Special Issue welcomes research approaches and innovative ideas that address sector coupling from different perspectives for the sustainable development of urban and regional energy systems and support the energy transition for a decarbonized society and economy.

We are looking forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Gernot Stöglehner
Dr. David Woess
Dr. Georg Neugebauer
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • sector coupling
  • district heating and cooling
  • energy systems
  • energy storage
  • renewable energy generation
  • energy efficiency
  • spatio-temporal modelling
  • energy modelling and simulation
  • integrated spatial and energy planning
  • strategic planning

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A Novel Optimization Method for a Multi-Year Planning Scheme of an Active Distribution Network in a Large Planning Zone
by Xuejun Zheng, Shaorong Wang, Zia Ullah, Mengmeng Xiao, Chang Ye and Zhangping Lei
Energies 2021, 14(12), 3450; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14123450 - 10 Jun 2021
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Electric power distribution networks plays a significant role in providing continuous electrical energy to different categories of customers. In the context of the present advancements, future load expansion in the active distribution networks (ADNs) poses the key challenge of planning to be derived [...] Read more.
Electric power distribution networks plays a significant role in providing continuous electrical energy to different categories of customers. In the context of the present advancements, future load expansion in the active distribution networks (ADNs) poses the key challenge of planning to be derived as a multi-stage optimization task, including the optimal expansion planning scheme optimization (EPSO). The planning scheme optimization is a multi-attribute decision-making issue with high complexity and solving difficulty, especially when it involves a large-scale planning zone. This paper proposes a novel approach of a multi-year planning scheme for the effective solution of the EPSO problem in large planning zones. The proposed approach comprises three key parts, where the first part covers two essential aspects, i.e., (i) suggesting a project condition set that considers the elements directly related to a group of specific conditions and requirements (collectively referred to as conditions) to ADN planning projects; and (ii) Developing a condition scoring system to evaluate planning projects. The second part of our proposed scheme is a quantization method of correlativity among projects based on two new concepts: contribution index (CI) and dependence index (DI). Finally, considering the multi-year rolling optimization, a detailed mathematical model of condition evaluation and spatiotemporal optimization sequencing of ADN planning projects is developed, where the evaluation and optimization are updated annually. The proposed model has been successfully validated on a practical distribution network located in Xiantao, China. The investigated case study and comparisons verify the various advantages, suitability, and effectiveness of the proposed planning scheme, consequently saving more than 10% of the investment compared with the existing implemented scheme. Full article
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Evaluating Spatial Interdependencies of Sector Coupling Using Spatiotemporal Modelling
by Peter Lichtenwoehrer, Lore Abart-Heriszt, Florian Kretschmer, Franz Suppan, Gernot Stoeglehner and Georg Neugebauer
Energies 2021, 14(5), 1256; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14051256 - 25 Feb 2021
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In light of global warming and the energy turn, sector coupling has gained increasing interest in recent years, from both the scientific community and politics. In the following article it is hypothesized that efficient multifaceted sector coupling solutions depend on detailed spatial and [...] Read more.
In light of global warming and the energy turn, sector coupling has gained increasing interest in recent years, from both the scientific community and politics. In the following article it is hypothesized that efficient multifaceted sector coupling solutions depend on detailed spatial and temporal characteristics of energy demand and supply. Hence, spatiotemporal modelling is used as a methodology of integrated spatial and energy planning, in order to determine favourable sector coupling strategies at the local level. A case study evaluation was carried out for both central and decentral renewable energy sources. Considering the high temporal resolutions of energy demand and supply, the results revealed a feasible operation of a district heating network in the central areas of the case study municipalities. Additionally, building integrated solar energy technologies are capable of providing large amount of excess energy that could serve other demand sectors, such as the mobility sector, or could be used for Power-to-X solutions. It is suggested that sector coupling strategies require spatial considerations and high temporal comparisons, in order to be reasonably integrated in spatial and urban planning. Full article
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