Special Issue "Hybrid Solar Photovoltaic, Thermoelectric, and Thermal Modules"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 9 March 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Pedro Dinis Gaspar
Guest Editor
1. Department of Electromechanical Engineering, Universidade da Beira Interior, R. Marquês de Ávila e Bolama, 6201-001 Covilhã, Portugal;
2. C-MAST—Centre for Mechanical Aerospace Science and Technologies, 6201-001, Covilhã, Portugal
Interests: computational fluid dynamics; energy efficiency; numerical modeling; thermal engineering; engineering thermodynamics; refrigeration and air conditioning; robotics; industrial engineering and management
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Solar energy is a clean and reliable source of energy for the production of electric and thermal power to satisfy the increasing demand for power and simultaneously overcome the challenges posed by the climate-friendly environment that is required for the Earth’s sustainable development. The energy conversion efficiency of electric energy generation through photovoltaic (PV) panels is very low. Most of the radiation is converted into heat, which results in a higher operating temperature and a lower photovoltaic efficiency. On the other hand, solar thermal collectors (TCs) are widely used to supply hot water for residential, commercial, and industrial applications. In addition, thermal energy can be converted into electricity by the Seebeck effect using thermoelectric generators (TEGs). TEGs are reliable, robust, and environmentally friendly. Thus, the combination of PV, TC, and TE technologies can improve the performance of both electric and thermal energy generation.

This Special Issue will focus on recent research accomplishments in, and the different approaches to, optimizing the operation, performance, efficiency, and feasibility of hybrid solar photovoltaic, thermoelectric, and thermal modules by experimental, numerical, or analytical techniques. It will also review the optimization and development challenges that need to be overcome in order to extend their effective spectrum range.

Therefore, we invite you to contribute to this Special Issue with an original research or review article on a topic relevant to the further improvement of hybrid solar photovoltaic, thermoelectric, and thermal modules. Articles may describe innovative technical developments, present experimental, numerical modeling, case, or analytical studies, or assess the future prospects of and make suggestions on potential approaches to emerging technology solutions.

Prof. Dr. Pedro Dinis Gaspar
Guest Editor

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.


  • hybrid
  • solar
  • photovoltaic
  • thermoelectric
  • thermal
  • operation
  • performance
  • efficiency
  • feasibility
  • optimization
  • development
  • challenges

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Wireless System for Electric Energy Transmission.  Luis Romba; Elena Baikova; Stanimir Valtchev; Rui Melicio
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