Topical Collection "Urban Energy Management and Sustainable Transportation"
Interests: intelligent energy/transport systems; sustainable mobility; autonomous vehicles; system integration; smart cities
Interests: thermal energy storage; energy conversion; heating and cooling technologies; district heating
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 Topical Collection 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. Dr. Christos S Ioakimidis
Prof. Dr. Marc Frere
Dr. Konstantinos Genikomsakis
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- 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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