Special Issue "Bioinspired Computation for Sustainable Energy Systems"

A special issue of Processes (ISSN 2227-9717). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Eneko Osaba
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Tecnalia Research & Innovation, 48160 Derio, Spain
Interests: bioinspired optimization; combinatorial optimization; artificial intelligence; metaheuristics; swarm intelligence
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Dr. Diana Manjarres
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Tecnalia Research & Innovation, 48160 Derio, Spain
Interests: sustainable energy systems; heuristic techniques; multiobjective optimization; time series forecasting; artificial intelligence

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Bioinspired computation has arisen as one of the most studied and quickly-growing topics in artificial intelligence. Some of the main influences behind the conception of this topic are the well-known Genetic Algorithm and the Ant Colony Optimization and Particle Swarm Optimization algorithms. These methods, and many similar ones, lit the fuse of the success of this area of knowledge, serving as the origin and principal inspiration of their subsequent research. This success has led to the proposal of additional novel algorithms, inspired by different sources such as the behavioral patterns of animals, social and political behaviors or physical processes. The proposal of new solvers evidences the capability of this type of algorithms to reach a near-optimal performance over a wide range of academic and real-world problems.

In the context of sustainable energy systems, the high increase of energy demand in the last century has led to a development of new renewable and sustainable energy sources, such as solar photovoltaic, wind, biomass, and geothermal energy, among others. In order to enhance the performance of these systems, modeling and optimization techniques have arisen to provide efficient solutions for optimal energy production, planning, storage, distribution, etc. In this regard, bioinspired computation tecniques are considered as a key enabling technology for coping with the above-mentioned challenges.

This Special Issue aims at disseminating the latest findings and research achievements in the areas of bioinspired optimization and sustainable energy systems, with the intention to balance between theoretical research ideas and their practicability as well as industrial applicability. To this end, scholars and practitioners from academia and industrial fields are invited to submit high-quality original contributions to this Special Issue.

Dr. Eneko Osaba
Dr. Diana Manjarres
Guest Editors

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  • Bioinspired computation
  • Metaheuristics
  • Optimization of energy systems
  • Energy storage optimization
  • Optimization modeling of energy systems planning
  • Model-based decision support tools in sustainable energy

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Optimal Non-Convex Combined Heat and Power Economic Dispatch via Improved Artificial Bee Colony Algorithm
Processes 2020, 8(9), 1036; https://doi.org/10.3390/pr8091036 - 25 Aug 2020
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It is well accepted that combined heat and power (CHP) generation can increase the efficiency of power and heat generation at the same time. With the increasing penetration of CHPs, determination of economic dispatch of power and heat becomes more complex and challenging. [...] Read more.
It is well accepted that combined heat and power (CHP) generation can increase the efficiency of power and heat generation at the same time. With the increasing penetration of CHPs, determination of economic dispatch of power and heat becomes more complex and challenging. The CHP economic dispatch (CHPED) problem is a challenging optimization problem due to non-linearity and non-convexity in both objective function and constraints. Hence, in this paper a novel meta-heuristic algorithm, namely improved artificial bee colony (IABC) algorithm is proposed to solve the CHPED problem. The valve-point effects, power losses as well as the feasible operation region of CHP units are taken into account in the proposed CHPED problem model and the optimal dispatch of power/heat outputs of CHP units is determined via the proposed IABC algorithm. The proposed algorithm is applied on three test systems, in which two of them are large-scale CHPED benchmarks. The obtained results and comprehensive comparison with available methods, demonstrate the superiority of the proposed algorithm for dealing with non-convex and constrained CHPED problem. Full article
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Title: A Hybrid LSTM–Based Genetic Programming Approach for Short-Term Prediction of Global Solar Radiation Using Weather Data
Authors: Rami Alhajj
Affiliation: College of Engineering and Technology, American University of the Middle East, Kuwait
Abstract: The integration of Solar Energy in smart grids and many other utilities is continuously increasing due to its economic and environmental benefits. However, the uncertainty of available solar energy creates challenges regarding the stability of the generated power and consequently consistency of the supply-demand balance. An accurate global solar radiation short-term prediction model can resolve such type of problems to ensure an overall system reliability and power generation scheduling. This article describes a non-linear hybrid model based on Long Short-Term Memory recurrent models and genetic programming technique for short term prediction of global solar radiation. The LSTMs are recurrent neural models that are successfully used to model and predict time series data. We use these models as a base for the prediction of global solar radiation using measured weather data. Genetic programming is an evolutionary computing technique that enables automatic search for complex solution formulas. We use the Genetic Programing technique combined with the LSTM models to find the best continuous outputs that predict the global solar radiation on horizontals for a short time period ahead. A reference model to predict the global solar radiation is first presented, then, an enhanced hybrid approach is presented and analyzed. Statistical analysis measures are used to evaluate the performance of the proposed approach.

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