Special Issue "Urban Energy Management and Sustainable Transportation Systems"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Christos Ioakimidis
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Guest Editor
Center for Research and Technology Hellas/Hellenic Institute of Transport, CERTH/HIT, 6th Km Charilaou—Thermi Rd., Thermi, Thessaloniki, Macedonia, 57001 Hellas, Greece
Interests: intelligent energy/transport systems; sustainable mobility; autonomous vehicles; system integration; smart cities
Prof. Dr. Marc Frere
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Thermodynamics and Mathematics Physics Unit, Université de Mons, Mons, Belgium
Interests: thermal energy storage; energy conversion; heating and cooling technologies; district heating
Dr. Konstantinos Genikomsakis
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Guest Editor
NZED Unit, Université de Mons, Mons, Belgium
Interests: energy systems analysis; energy/transportation systems modelling; life cycle assessment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Today’s urban energy and transportation infrastructure is undergoing substantial changes in an attempt to make more efficient energy use, increase the share of renewable energy sources, decentralize energy production, incorporate thermal energy storage technologies, as well as electrify and even fully automate the transportation sector. On the one hand, the electricity, heat and fuel markets are becoming unified, while on the other hand, the share of urban transport in global energy use and carbon emissions is increasing, with environmental and spatial consequences. Integrating and managing transportation within sustainable mobility solutions requires proposals to consider new transportation modes and effective spatial planning. At the same time, the advances in digitalization and communication technologies provide new ways to monitor, automate and manage/control the usage of resources in urban energy and transportation systems. These changes are posing many questions: What will our urban energy and transport infrastructure look like in the future? How will demand for new energy and transportation systems change? To what extent will buildings, new mobility systems, district energy systems and decentralized sustainable energy generation interact while going forward?

This Special Issue will focus on urban energy management and sustainable transportation systems, with emphasis on bottom-up approaches that consider local renewable sources and storage systems in a flexible micro-grid environment, under the presence or absence of smart mobility, applied in different buildings that as a whole have the characteristic to be identified as Net-Zero Energy Buildings. The new methods of modeling and systems characterization will be further lifted to a larger scale consisting of multiple buildings under an urban scenario where different forms of transportation interact and communicate with the integrated system, thus creating the so-called Multi-level System-of-Systems approach (MLSoS).  

Prof. Christos S Ioakimidis
Prof. Marc Frere
Dr. Konstantinos Genikomsakis
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Electrification of the heat demand in buildings
  • Modeling and simulation of building energy storage and heat pump systems
  • Heating and cooling technologies for district heating
  • Electric, autonomous and sharing mobility
  • Transportation and air quality
  • Distributed generation, micro-grids, smart grids
  • Multi-energy systems
  • Urban management systems and urban big data mining
  • Sustainable social-ecological systems
  • Analytics, cloud computing, open source technologies

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A Multistage Design Procedure for Planning and Implementing Public Charging Infrastructures for Electric Vehicles
Sustainability 2020, 12(7), 2889; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12072889 - 05 Apr 2020
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Presented in this paper is a Multistage Design Procedure (MSDP) for planning and implementing Public Charging Infrastructures (PCIs) to satisfy intracity charging demand of Electric Vehicles (EVs). The proposed MSDP splits planning and design processes into multiple stages, from macroscale to fine-scale levels. [...] Read more.
Presented in this paper is a Multistage Design Procedure (MSDP) for planning and implementing Public Charging Infrastructures (PCIs) to satisfy intracity charging demand of Electric Vehicles (EVs). The proposed MSDP splits planning and design processes into multiple stages, from macroscale to fine-scale levels. Consequently, the preliminary results achieved at each stage can be refined at the subsequent stages, leading to determine the accurate number and precise geographical location of each charging point. The main advantage of the proposed approach is that it splits a very complicated procedure into multiple and simpler stages, at each of which appropriate goals, targets and constraints can be included. As a result, the iterative interactions among all the stakeholders involved in the PCI design process are significantly simplified. The proposed MSDP has been employed in the planning and design of the PCI of the Italian island of Sardinia, accordingly to all the public bodies. Full article
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The Zero-Energy Idea in Districts: Application of a Methodological Approach to a Case Study of Epinlieu (Mons)
Sustainability 2019, 11(17), 4814; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11174814 - 03 Sep 2019
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Rapidly increasing global energy demand has raised concerns about the exhaustion of energy resources and the consequent heavy environmental impact. Improving energy efficiency in cities comprises an initial measure for addressing these phenomena. Within the current context of globalization, EU initiatives and policy [...] Read more.
Rapidly increasing global energy demand has raised concerns about the exhaustion of energy resources and the consequent heavy environmental impact. Improving energy efficiency in cities comprises an initial measure for addressing these phenomena. Within the current context of globalization, EU initiatives and policy targets have been proposed in order to revise urban development strategies and motivate its member states (MSes) toward “zero-energy objectives”. Providing a methodological approach with a simulation district analysis, the present article summarizes how this challenge was analyzed in an existing district in Belgium. This study contributes to the scientific discussion by analyzing the applicability of a holistic approach to zero-energy objectives on a larger scale. Full article
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Life Cycle Assessment of a Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) Electric Vehicle Battery in Second Life Application Scenarios
Sustainability 2019, 11(9), 2527; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11092527 - 01 May 2019
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This paper presents a life cycle assessment (LCA) study that examines a number of scenarios that complement the primary use phase of electric vehicle (EV) batteries with a secondary application in smart buildings in Spain, as a means of extending their useful life [...] Read more.
This paper presents a life cycle assessment (LCA) study that examines a number of scenarios that complement the primary use phase of electric vehicle (EV) batteries with a secondary application in smart buildings in Spain, as a means of extending their useful life under less demanding conditions, when they no longer meet the requirements for automotive purposes. Specifically, it considers a lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery to analyze four second life application scenarios by combining the following cases: (i) either reuse of the EV battery or manufacturing of a new battery as energy storage unit in the building; and (ii) either use of the Spanish electricity mix or energy supply by solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. Based on the Eco-indicator 99 and IPCC 2007 GWP 20a methods, the evaluation of the scenario results shows that there is significant environmental benefit from reusing the existing EV battery in the secondary application instead of manufacturing a new battery to be used for the same purpose and time frame. Moreover, the findings of this work exemplify the dependence of the results on the energy source in the smart building application, and thus highlight the importance of PVs on the reduction of the environmental impact. Full article
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Recent Evolution of Research on Industrial Heritage in Western Europe and China Based on Bibliometric Analysis
Sustainability 2020, 12(13), 5348; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12135348 - 02 Jul 2020
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Using the CiteSpace software and bibliometric methods, with the core collection of the Web of Science (WoS) database as the data source, the development of industrial heritage research in China and Western countries since the 2006 Wuxi Proposal was analyzed. The study found [...] Read more.
Using the CiteSpace software and bibliometric methods, with the core collection of the Web of Science (WoS) database as the data source, the development of industrial heritage research in China and Western countries since the 2006 Wuxi Proposal was analyzed. The study found that the latest quantitative changes in China and Western countries’ industrial heritage research have similar fluctuations. However, researchers and institutions in the two places are independent of each other, lacking in-depth cooperative research. Notwithstanding, comprehensive and holistic research needs to be strengthened. The research content in China mainly focuses on the issues of urban renewal, industrial heritage tourism and creative industries, whereas Western countries are dominated by heritage and community building industrial heritage, the exploration of tourism and the protection of industrial sites, post-industrial heritage protection, and new technology use. Finally, by comparing and analyzing the research status of the two regions, future research on industrial heritage in China and Western countries are encouraged. Full article
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Spatio-Temporal Trends of E-Bike Sharing System Deployment: A Review in Europe, North America and Asia
Sustainability 2020, 12(11), 4611; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114611 - 05 Jun 2020
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Recent data on conventional bike and/or electric bike (e-bike) sharing systems reveal that more than 2900 systems are operating in cities worldwide, indicating the increased adoption of this alternative mode of transportation. Addressing the existing gap in the literature regarding the deployment of [...] Read more.
Recent data on conventional bike and/or electric bike (e-bike) sharing systems reveal that more than 2900 systems are operating in cities worldwide, indicating the increased adoption of this alternative mode of transportation. Addressing the existing gap in the literature regarding the deployment of e-bike sharing systems (e-BSSs) in particular, this paper reviews their spatio-temporal characteristics, and attempts to (a) map the worldwide distribution of e-BSSs, (b) identify temporal trends in terms of annual growth/expansion of e-BSS deployment worldwide and (c) explore the spatial characteristics of the recorded growth, in terms of adoption on a country scale, population coverage and type of system/initial fleet sizes. To that end, it examines the patterns identified from the global to the country level, based on data collected from an online source of BSS information worldwide. A comparative analysis is performed with a focus on Europe, North America and Asia, providing insights on the growth rate of the specific bikesharing market segment. Although the dockless e-BSS has been only within three years of competition with station-based implementations, it shows a rapid integration to the overall technology diffusion trend, while it is more established in Asia and North America in comparison with Europe and launches with larger fleet sizes. Full article
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