Special Issue "Solar Energy: Potential and Future Prospects"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Amir Vadiee
Guest Editor
School of Business, society and engineering, Energy and environmental engineering, Mälardalens högskola, 72113 Västerås, Sweden
Interests: solar energy integrated building; hybrid solar energy system; prosumer; thermo-enviro-economic energy system optimization; smart energy system; energy storage system; district energy network

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is now widely accepted that the rapid reduction of fossil fuel resources together with global warming treaties has necessitated an urgent search for alternative energy sources to partially or completely meet our demands for fossil fuels in the future. One of the more promising methods among the many alternatives is employing solar energy to provide clean auxiliary energy. As solar energy comes from an unlimited source, the energy capturing process is pollution-free and the technology is established, it stands out amongst the other alternatives as the brightest long-term promise towards meeting the growing demand for energy. This Special Issue aims to cover the most recent progress and advances in the field of solar energy systems, its current potential and future prospects. One of the specific focuses is to contribute to the road map addressing the achievement of solar energy systems with the long-term goal to reach net zero CO2 emissions.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Recent Advances in solar hybrid systems;
  • Feasibility, design and optimization of integrated solar energy sources, i.e., photovoltaic cells and panels—PV, solar thermoelectric generators—STEG, and solar thermal collectors—STC;
  • Solar hybrid power systems in concentrated light;
  • Passive solar energy systems and passive solar buildings, potential, recent advances and future prospects;
  • Thermo-enviro-economic assessment on solar energy systems;
  • Future prospects in solar energy system due to national energy policies and energy markets;
  • Innovative applications of the solar hybrid power systems for small-scale energy harvesting;
  • Methods to calculate the electrical and thermal parameters of the solar hybrid power system components in different work conditions;
  • Reliability and feasibility studies and consideration of critical issues encountered in solar hybrid power systems;
  • Grid integration of solar hybrid power systems.

Dr. Amir Vadiee
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • solar energy conversion and use
  • photovoltaic systems
  • thermophotovoltaics, solar thermal power plants
  • passive solar heating systems
  • solar buildings
  • solar thermal energy conversion
  • materials, optics, energy storage
  • solar chemistry
  • resources and radiation
  • economics and policy
  • smart grid
  • combined and hybrid systems
  • concentrated solar technology
  • solar energy and environmental policies
  • solar energy investments
  • energy storage
  • centralized and distributed control
  • diagnosis
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) in solar energy systems

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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