Solar Energy System and Carbon Emissions Reduction for Sustainable Buildings

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Building Energy, Physics, Environment, and Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 September 2024 | Viewed by 345

Special Issue Editors

College of Energy and Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai University of Electric Power, Shanghai 201399, China
Interests: building energy efficiency; solar energy; photovoltaic/thermal; heat pump; heat and mass transfer
Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore 119242, Singapore
Interests: solar energy; radiative sky cooling; thermochemical energy storage; building energy saving

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Department of Energy and Power Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou 213164, China
Interests: solar energy; photovoltaic cell; heat pump; energy saving; BIPV; HVAC
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The energy consumption of buildings is the major contributor to carbon emissions, accounting for 40% of the global total. Developing sustainable buildings has become essential to global carbon neutrality. Solar energy has been widely regarded as a potential solution. Integrating solar energy into buildings can not only significantly reduce the carbon emission of buildings, but also meet the energy demand of users. In the future, buildings with integrated solar energy systems with a low cost, high energy conversion efficiency, and stable energy supply will receive more attention.

For that, this Special Issue “Solar Energy System and Carbon Emissions Reduction for Sustainable Buildings” will focus on new technologies, devices, and systems, as well as their applicability and economic research related to solar energy and sustainable buildings. Original research, theoretical and experimental work, case studies, and comprehensive review papers are invited. Relevant topics to this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, the following subjects:

  • Sustainable buildings;
  • Solar energy;
  • Photovoltaic/thermal;
  • Carbon emissions reduction;
  • Building energy efficiency;
  • BIPV;
  • (Solar-assisted) heat pump;
  • Radiative cooling.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Tao Zhang
Dr. Mingke Hu
Dr. Haifei Chen
Guest Editors

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  • sustainable building
  • solar energy
  • carbon emissions reduction
  • energy efficiency
  • BIPV
  • radiative cooling
  • photovoltaic/thermal
  • heat pump

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