Special Issue "Solar-Powered Polygeneration Systems for Residential and Industrial Applications"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "B1: Solar Energy and Photovoltaic Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 March 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Chaouki Ghenai
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Department of Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Interests: sustainable energy; renewable energy; solar PV; solar thermal; wind; biomass; fuel cell; energy efficiency; renewable fuels; green fuels; biofuels; energy transition; decarbonization; sustainability, combustion; CFD
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Dr. Oussama Rejeb
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Research Institute for Science and Engineering (RISE), University of Sharjah, P.O. Box 27272, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Interests: photovoltaic thermal collectors; heat transfer; polygeneration (solar cooling, desalination, hydrogen, etc.); heat pipes; phase change materials
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Dr. Muhammed A. Hassan
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Mechanical Power Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, Giza 12613, Giza, Egypt
Interests: solar polygeneration systems (electricity, heating, cooling, desalination, etc.); optically and thermally enhanced solar collectors; nanofluid coolants; forecasting of renewable energy resources; thermal energy storage; radiant heating and cooling; near zero-energy buildings; adaptive and predictive control

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Exploiting solar radiation resources to the maximum in residential and industrial applications is a crucial step toward decarbonization, enhancing the security of energy supply, mitigating climate change, and coping with the rapidly increasing energy demands, urbanization rates, and living standards. Polygeneration and decentralized energy production are two key concepts for enhancing the efficiency, productivity, compactness, and cost-competitiveness of solar energy systems. Polygeneration systems are those producing multiple useful forms of energy. In residential applications, these products are typically electricity, domestic hot water, distilled water, and heating/cooling for air conditioning. In industrial systems, the list is extended to other outputs, such as hydrogen production, pressurization, and hot air for drying. The solar-powered system can be driven by photovoltaic panels, low-temperature collectors, solar concentrators, and/or photovoltaic–thermal collectors, depending on the scale and nature of the application. In addition, the system can be hybridized by utilizing other energy sources, which can be conventional (e.g., diesel engines) or clean production (e.g., biomass, geothermal, or wind) units. Despite the attractiveness of the concept, polygeneration considerably increases the complexity of the system. Hence, it is essential to properly design, optimize, scale, control, evaluate, and manage these systems for sustainable development, which necessitates further research in this area.

This Special Issue will bring together recent advances in co-, tri-, and poly-generation systems, driven or assisted by solar energy. We are looking for successful deployments of modern materials, technologies, and management concepts for enhancing the efficiency and reliability of such systems under different climatic conditions and for different features of the load side. We also invite insightful and well-documented case studies, new validated models of specific subsystems, assessments of technical, economic, and environmental performances of the entire system, and predictive models for control and management. Submitted manuscripts can also focus on building-integrated systems or central systems driving standalone buildings or complete districts. Priority will be given to those studies exploring the potential of new applications and system configurations, as well as proposing novel, adaptive, and scalable models for designing, optimizing, and controlling those systems. All manuscripts will undergo a careful peer-review process by high-profile researchers in this field, with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of the research outcomes with stakeholders and the scientific community.

Prof. Dr. Chaouki Ghenai
Dr. Oussama Rejeb
Dr. Muhammed A. Hassan
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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.

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  • solar energy
  • polygeneration
  • trigeneration
  • cogeneration
  • solar thermal
  • solar photovoltaic
  • hybrid renewable energy systems
  • energy storage
  • energy management
  • forecasting
  • optimization
  • predictive control
  • energy efficiency
  • energy analysis
  • exergy analysis
  • technoeconomic assessment
  • environmental impact
  • sustainable development
  • renewable energy grid
  • building-integrated solar systems
  • near-zero energy buildings

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