Special Issue "Efficiency and Sustainability of the Distributed Renewable Hybrid Power Systems based on the Energy Internet, Blockchain Technology and Smart Contracts-2021"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Nicu Bizon
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Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Mamadou Baïlo Camara
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Guest Editor
Electrotechnic and Automatic Research Laboratory of Le Havre (GREAH), University of Le Havre, 75 rue Bellot, 76600 Le Havre, France
Interests: energy management systems; supercapacitors; DC-DC power convertors; diesel-electric generators; distributed power generation; dynamic power response; PWM invertors; electric vehicles; hybrid electric vehicles; hybrid power systems; lithium-batteries; photovoltaic power systems; power control; power generation control; power grids; renewable energy sources; resonant power convertors; wind turbines; supercapacitors ageing characterization ; battery management systems; battery powered vehicles
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Dr. Bhargav Appasani
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Guest Editor
School of Electronics Engineering, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar 751024, India
Interests: smart grid communication networks; ocean wave energy control; second generation current conveyors; terahertz metamaterial absorbers; optimization techniques; artificial intelligence

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The extremely rapid increase in world energy demand over the last decade along with the requests for sustainable development can be approached through micro- and nanogrids that use hybrid power systems based on the Energy Internet, blockchain technology, and smart contracts. In this way, renewable energy sources, fuel cell systems, and other energy generating sources will be optimally combined and connected to the grid system using advanced energy transaction methods.

Thus, to highlight the latest solutions, this Special Issue, entitled “Efficiency and Sustainability of Distributed Renewable Hybrid Power Systems Based on Energy Internet, Blockchain Technology, and Smart Contracts”, was proposed for the international journal Sustainability, an SCIE journal (2019 IF = 2.576). The present Special Issue of Sustainability aims to collect innovative solutions and experimental research, but also state-of-the-art studies, on the following topics:

  1. Microgrids, nanogrids, smart grids, smart cities, and smart associations of farms, buildings, parking, and homes;
  2. Smart grid cybersecurity using the Energy Internet, blockchain, and smart contract-based applications;
  3. Operations of smart associations integrated with distributed generation;
  4. Smart grid architecture and energy management models;
  5. Smart grid wide area monitoring systems: optimized planning, reliable and resilient operation;
  6. Fuel cell (FC) systems: modeling, control, optimization, and innovative technologies to improve the fuel economy, lifetime, reliability, and safety in operation;
  7. Hybrid power systems (HPSs) based on renewable energy sources (RESs) (RES HPS): optimized RES HPSs architectures; global maximum power point tracking (GMPPT) control algorithms to improve energy harvesting from RESs; advanced energy management strategies (EMSs) to optimally ensure the power flow balance in DC (and/or AC bus) for standalone RES HPSs or grid-connected RES HPSs (micro- and nanogrids, etc.);
  8. RES HPS with FC system as backup energy source (FC RES HPS): innovative solutions to mitigate the RES power variability and load dynamics to energy storage systems (ESSs) by control of the generated FC power; DC voltage regulation and/or load pulses mitigation by active control of the power converters from hybrid ESS;
  9. FC vehicles (FCVs): FCV powertrain, ESS topologies and hybridization technologies, and EMSs to improve the fuel economy; 
  10. Optimal sizing of FC RES HPSs and FCVs;
  11. Networked control system and its related applications;
  12. Business opportunities, open issues, and future trends.

Received submissions are subject to a rigorous but fast peer review procedure, and publication in open access ensures wide dissemination of the research presented in this Special Issue.

We are writing to invite you to submit your original papers to this Special Issue and look forward to reading about the remarkable results of your research. If you are able to send a title and abstract of the potential paper soon (if possible), then we can include it in the list of planned papers when we make an announcement shortly.

Prof. Dr. Nicu Bizon
Prof. Dr. Mamadou Baïlo Camara
Dr. Bhargav Appasani
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • hybrid power systems (HPSs)
  • renewable energy sources (RESs)
  • fuel cell (FC) systems
  • energy management strategies (EMSs)
  • Energy Internet
  • blockchain technology
  • solar coin
  • smart contracts
  • hybrid energy storage systems (HESSs)
  • fuel cell vehicles (FCVs)
  • global maximum power point tracking (GMPPT)
  • FC RES micro- and nanogrids
  • smart grid cybersecurity
  • system and process design of FC RES HPS
  • networked control systems
  • fuel economy, lifetime, reliability, and safety in operation of FC RES HPS

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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