Special Issue "Advanced Development on Solar, Wind and Tidal Energy"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "B2: Wind, Wave and Tidal Energy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 February 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Osvaldo Ronald Saavedra
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Guest Editor
Electrical Energy Institute, Federal University of Maranhao, São Luís, Brazil
Interests: power systems; renewable energy sources; tidal energy
Prof. Luiz Carlos P. da Silva
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Guest Editor
Energy and Systems Department, State University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil
Interests: power distribution systems; renewable energy sources; microgrids
Dr. Pedro Bezerra Leite Neto
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Guest Editor
Electrical Engineerind Coordination, Federal University of Maranhao, Balsas, Brazil
Interests: storage systems; tidal energy; microgrids

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Renewable energy sources play a key role in the decarbonization process of the electrical system. For this same reason, intense research is being carried out around the world and is aiming at the best use of these sources, including the combined exploration of these sources in hybrid plants. Complementarity between solar, wind and tidal sources can be explored both in the development of new devices as well as in business models.

We invite you to submit a publication to the Energies Special Issue “Advanced Development of Solar, Wind and Tidal energy”. Original submissions dealing with the application of solar, wind and tidal resources are welcome. This Special Issue will include but is not limited to:

  • New technologies in solar, wind and marine energy;
  • Hybrid systems;
  • Grid integration analysis;
  • Green hydrogen systems;
  • Storage systems;
  • Renewable isolated microgrids;
  • Trends in renewable energy

We look forward to receiving your contributions. It is recommended to send a tentative title and a short summary of the manuscript to Energies Editor Ms. Carly Liu <[email protected]>.

Dr. Osvaldo Ronald Saavedra
Prof. Luiz Carlos P. da Silva
Dr. Pedro Bezerra Leite Neto
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • tidal energy
  • ocean energy
  • solar energy
  • wind energy
  • renewable hybrid systems
  • renewable microgrids

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Unlocking the UK Continental Shelf Electrification Potential for Offshore Oil and Gas Installations: A Power Grid Architecture Perspective
Energies 2021, 14(21), 7096; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14217096 - 30 Oct 2021
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Most of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) oil and gas (OG) installations have traditionally adopted in situ power generation, which is not only inefficient but also generating about 70% of the offshore CO2 emissions. The offshore wind and energy storage technologies for [...] Read more.
Most of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) oil and gas (OG) installations have traditionally adopted in situ power generation, which is not only inefficient but also generating about 70% of the offshore CO2 emissions. The offshore wind and energy storage technologies for deep water are developing at a fast pace, enabling great opportunities for the OG installations located in the North Sea. In this paper, a pathway for the UKCS offshore OG installations electrification is introduced. The aim is to provide different power architectures that facilitate the OG installations’ electrification, while benefiting from the existing and planned UK offshore wind power. Four hypothetical case studies (based on real data) were created, along the UKCS, where the corresponding power architectures were proposed. The selection of each architecture power component (e.g., transformers, converters and cables), as well as the transmission and distribution technology (e.g., AC or DC), is also provided and justified. Further, an overview cost estimation is carried out to predict the architecture capital cost. It is concluded that the four architectures can be mimicked not only along the UKCS but also worldwide, promoting the UKCS potential for a world-leading offshore energy hub and fostering the UK offshore wind-energy resources. Full article
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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.

Title: Specification of Requirements in the Project of Critical Microgrids with Photovoltaic Source
Authors: Luiz A. S Ribeiro
Affiliation: Energy and Systems Department, State University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil
Abstract: Critical microgrids are a special type of microgrid where reliability and resilience are mandatory. When operating in isolation, criteria at least n-1 must be strictly met. As a result, a series of requirements arise covering energy resources, storage, control and protection. This article analyzes and discusses the main requirements in the design of a critical microgrid. As a case study, a microgrid involving a space launch center is considered.

Title: Unexpected on-off grid transitions of microgrids with high penetration of renewable sources
Authors: Silvangela Barcelos
Affiliation: Energy and Systems Department, State University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil
Abstract: This article addresses the issue of unscheduled transitions from ongrid operation to offgrid operation. The phenomenon is modeled using PSCAD considering a microgrid with high penetration of renewable sources, and operating as an energy exporter to the grid. From this study, a safe operating boundary is determined that guarantees that the loss of the grid does not cause disturbances in the internal microgrid. A case study with a real microgrid is reported.

Title: Photovoltaic generation ramps: impacts on the safe operation of the grid
Authors: Natalia Saraiva
Affiliation: Energy and Systems Department, State University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil
Abstract: This article investigates the impact of daytime solar radiation variation caused by cloud shadows on the PV generating plants. From real data collected, the photovoltaic ramps are characterized in order to typify the site in terms of regularity of available energy. A statistical study shows that more severe ramps can have significant implications for grid mitigation resource needs. A case study is reported considering the north - northeast region of Brazil

Title: Resource assessment of tidal-stream energy: the boqueirão channel case.
Authors: Diego L. Cosme
Affiliation: Energy and Systems Department, State University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil
Abstract: The northern region of Brazil concentrates a significant potential of tidal currents that have not been adequately studied or explored. In this article, the estuary of the Boqueirão channel is energetically characterized in terms of potential tidal currents. From field measurements, physical characterization is performed. From this study, some hot spots are identified, for which extractable energy potential is estimated, considering environmental, physical and multipurpose restrictions of the area.

Title: Case Study of Photovoltaic Power Plants in a Model of Sustainable University in Brazil
Authors: Futao Huang; João Lucas de Souza Silva; Karen Barbosa de Melo; Kaio Vieira dos Santos; Elson Yoiti Sakô; Michelle Kitayama da Silva; Hugo Soeiro Moreira; João Guilherme Ito Cypriano; Hongwu Ding; Giulianno Bolognesi Archilli; Luiz Carlos Pereira da Silva; Marcelo Gradella Villalva
Affiliation: State University of Campinas
Abstract: There is a constant search to achieve a sustainable world through technological and self-sufficient energy conversion, as well as a diversified energy matrix. This search is performed mainly by universities seeking to understand each location’s peculiarities and performing studies in several aspects. The challenge is for universities to outline models of a sustainable society and show their benefits, seeking the engagement of all. In this opportunity, the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), with support from CPFL Brazil (Local Electricity Distributor), created a project called “Sustainable Campus” in August 2017. The Sustainable Campus project encompasses several sub-projects which aims to enhance the sustainability of the university. Among the subprojects (SP) of Sustainable Campus, SP02 was designed to follow up the construction and operation of 6 photovoltaic (PV) power plants gathering a power equivalent of 535.26 kWp. Due to the significant amount of information generated from those installations, this work will present a case study focusing on these PV power plants. The photovoltaic plants and the results obtained were analysed considering 12 months of measurement and compared with simulation results. Assembling the information, it was possible to verify different behaviours in PV plants’ in a range of 5 km which highlights the importance of the project. Quantitatively, for a year of data collected, an actual generation of 784.29 MWh was observed, while the simulated result showed a total of 759.04 MWh. Also, another key contribution of the project was the dissemination of knowledge to society, through training and workshops, with more than four thousand people directly benefited. Upon the studies carried out, it is expected that UNICAMP will keep focusing on the development of sustainability, increasing the amount of PV power plants with different set-ups and technologies, branching in some new approaches of studies. Finally, the success of this project aims to bias other universities to deploy renewable energy sources, contributing to a sustainable development and further studies for the sector.

Title: Unlocking the UK Continental Shelf Electrification Potential for Offshore Oil and Gas Installations: A Power Grid Architecture Perspective
Authors: Mohamed Elgenedy; Khaled Ahmed; Graeme Burt; Graeme Rogerson; Greg Jones
Affiliation: Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
Abstract: Most of the UK Continental-Shelf (UKCS) Oil and Gas (O&G) installations have traditionally adopted in-situ power generation which is not only inefficient but also generating about 70% of the offshore CO2 emissions. The offshore wind and energy storage technologies for deep water are developing at a fast pace enabling great opportunities for the North Sea located O&G installations. In this paper, a pathway for the UKCS offshore O&G installations electrification is introduced. The aim is to provide different power architectures that facilitate the O&G installations electrification while benefiting from the existing and planned UK offshore wind power. Four hypothetical case studies (based on real data) are created along the UKCS where the corresponding power architectures are proposed. The selection of each architecture power component (e.g., transformers, converters, and cables) as well as the transmission and distribution technology (e.g., AC or DC) are also provided and justified. Further, an overview cost estimation is carried out to predict the architecture capital cost. It is concluded that the four architectures can be mimicked not only along the UKCS but also worldwide promoting the UKCS potential for a world-leading offshore energy hub and fostering the UK offshore wind energy resources.

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