Special Issue "Advances in Solar Thermal Energy"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 September 2021) | Viewed by 9569
Interests: solar thermal energy; integration of renewable energy sources; energy optimization; thermal energy storage; advanced power cycles; combined heat and power; power plant technologies; thermodynamics optimization; turbomachinery characterization; additive manufacturing
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Special Issue in Thermo: Thermal Energy Modelling for Renewable Energy Applications
The installation and use of renewable energy sources for electricity production is gaining in importance due to stringent environmental standards seeking to reduce pollutant emissions and fossil fuel dependence. In this context, solar thermal technologies are one of the most promising means for electricity production for the incoming decades and an effective way to fight against climate change. Solar thermal power has shown through groundbreaking commercial projects its many advantages compared to other intermittent renewable electricity sources such as wind or photovoltaics. Amongst its main advantages, solar thermal electricity is reliable, flexible, and, when integrated with thermal energy storage (TES) systems, not limited to operating only when the sun is shining, which makes it one of the most promising technologies for dispatchable renewable electricity production. This is based on its capacity to store large quantities of thermal energy at affordable costs, on the possibility of integrating solar thermal energy with conventional thermal power plants, on the wide availability of the solar resource and in the progressive reduction of the costs of this technology. For all the above-mentioned reasons, the scientific community, public opinion, and governments are paying more and more attention to this technology. Despite obvious environmental benefits and abundant solar resources, a further step forward is needed for CSP deployment, leading to further cost reduction of the technology, better integration with other renewable energy sources, and improvement on its overall efficiency through the application of new materials, advanced thermal fluids, and optimized components designs.
Noting all these exciting developments, it has never been more pertinent to launch a Special Issue that seeks to capture the latest research in solar thermal energy ranging from original research, communications, and review papers.
Dr. Miguel Ángel Reyes
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- Advanced power cycles
- Software tools for CSP analysis and simulation
- Solar heating and cooling
- Solar-aided (hybrid) power systems
- Thermal energy storage
- Thermochemical energy storage
- Heat transfer fluids
- Small-scale solar systems
- Solar fuels
- Integration of solar thermal energy in buildings