Special Issue "Solar Systems and Sustainability"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Marco Noro
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Guest Editor
Department of Management and Engineering - University of Padova Stradella San Nicola, 3 - 36100 Vicenza (VI) - Italy
Interests: modeling of energy systems; energy optimization; energy efficiency; building performance simulation; multi-source heat pump; energy retrofit; absorption heat pump; cogeneration; HVAC systems; renewable energy source systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

the increasing energy demand and oil prices, and the related increasing amount of greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, are the main drivers of the tremendous development of renewable energy sources, and solar in particular, during the last years.

Solar photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal (T) and photovoltaic thermal (PVT) systems can face the increasing usage of electricity for heating, refrigeration and air conditioning, and can overcome the decreasing conventional energy. Moreover, solar systems can reveal their sustainability both from the energy and the economic point of view when coupled to buildings. As in most countries around the world buildings are responsible for around 30–40% of energy consumption, the application of solar systems in new (energy design) or existing (energy retrofitting) buildings is a necessity to promote sustainability. In both cases, extensive applications of insulation and advanced heating technology (from condensing boilers to heat pumps) are reducing the energy demand for heating, whereas the energy demand for space cooling is forecast to increase dramatically in the next years. As a matter of fact, energy and economic sustainability of solar cooling systems have to be proved in order to be a viable solution for the next future.

This Special Issue looks for outstanding research and development results, case studies, and review papers in topics that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Efficiency of solar energy systems;
  • Recent development and application of photovoltaic (PV), photovoltaic/thermal (PVT), building integrated photovoltaic and photovoltaic/thermal (BIPV, BIPVT);
  • Recent development and application of solar cooling;
  • Integration of solar energy into existing and retrofitted buildings;
  • Dual or multi-source heat pumps systems;
  • Integration of solar energy into existing power grids and future smart grids;
  • Integration of solar energy into demand-response schemes;
  • Synergies between solar energy, electric vehicles, thermal/electric energy storage, water storage/management, and energy-efficient buildings;
  • Environmental impact of solar energy systems integrated in buildings.

Thank you for your contributions.

Prof. Marco Noro
Guest Editor

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  • solar energy system
  • photovoltaics
  • photovoltaic/thermal
  • building integrated photovoltaics
  • building integrated photovoltaic/thermal
  • solar cooling
  • building retrofit
  • energy refurbishment
  • sustainability
  • environmental impact
  • grid integration of solar energy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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