Special Issue "Advances and Trends in Smart Energy Communities"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Smart Grids and Microgrids".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Pierluigi Siano
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Guest Editor
Scientific Director of the Smart Grids and Smart Cities Laboratory (SMARTLab), Department of Management and Innovation Systems, University of Salerno, 84084 Fisciano SA, Italy
Interests: demand response; energy management; integration of distributed energy resources in smart grids; electricity markets; planning and management of power systems
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Dr. Hassan Haes Alhelou
Guest Editor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Iran;
Faculty Member at the Department of Electrical Power Engineering, Tishreen University, Lattakia, SY
Interests: Smart grids; power system control and operation; power system dynamics and stability; micro-grids; dynamic state estimation; high voltage systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite submissions to a Special Issue of Energies on the subject of smart cities and smart grids, entitled “Advances and Trends in Smart Energy Communities”.

Due to environment concerns, energy security risks, and fossil fuel problems, many countries around the world have decided to implement smart energy communities. These new communities are built based on smart cities and smart grids concepts. One of the main aims in this new environment is to increase the penetration level of renewable energy resources in energy networks. Likewise, there are activities to help achieve the reliable and secure operation of their power systems with a high penetration level of renewable energy resources by the implementation of smart grid concepts, including microgrid, active distribution systems and deregulation concepts in reality. In future smart energy systems, keeping the operation in stable modes requires new techniques and technologies for better controlling and security assessment in such systems. Likewise, reliability, stability and security, which are the main issues in smart grids, should be studied and analyzed. Moreover, new protection schemes are in demand in order to face any unexpected operation problems, contingencies, and cyber-attack issues in the smart grid environment.

In order to cope with ever-increasing operation and control complexity and security in modern and future smart energy communities, new architectures, concepts, algorithms, and procedures are essential. This Special Issue aims to encourage researchers to address the technical issues and research gaps in smart energy communities.

Prof. Dr. Pierluigi Siano
Dr. Hassan Haes Alhelou

Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Smart energy communities;
  • Smart grids and microgrids;
  • Smart electric transportation systems;
  • The design, modeling, and management of smart energy communities, smart grids, and microgrids;
  • Smart energy systems reliability, sustainability, flexibility, and resiliency;
  • Smart energy systems dynamics, stability, protection and security;
  • Methodologies and applications of modern methods for the operation and control of smart grids;
  • Intelligent systems, solving methods, optimization, and advanced heuristics;
  • The modeling, planning, and operating of renewable energy resources;
  • Business models for different electricity market players;
  • Demand side management and demand response;
  • The sizing, placement, and operation of energy storage systems and electric vehicles;
  • Smart homes and building energy management;
  • Electricity market, electrical power, and energy systems;
  • The modeling, forecasting, and management of uncertainty in smart grids;
  • Microgrids and islanded networks;
  • Smart cities, smart energy, and IoT;
  • Modern power systems and renewable energy resources.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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