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Advanced Energy Generation Systems for Sustainable Development

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "A: Sustainable Energy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2024 | Viewed by 4854

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1. Faculty of Law, Pegaso University, 80143 Napoli, NA, Italy
2. Department of Engineering, Parthenope University of Naples, 80133 Napoli, NA, Italy
Interests: environmental impact assessment; environment; sustainability; renewable energy technologies; energy engineering; environmental analysis; environmental management; sustainable development; power generation; environmental pollution
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Dipartimento di Ingegneria, Università degli Studi di Napoli “Parthenope”, Centro Direzionale, Isola C4, 80143 Naples, Italy
Interests: thermodynamic and thermo-economic analysis of advanced energy systems; energy saving; renewable energy sources; dynamic modeling of energy conversion systems; innovative energy conversion systems; energy planning; thermo-fluid-dynamic measurements
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Interests: energy systems modeling; energy management; energy planning; energy efficiency in buildings

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Dear Colleagues,

In the past several decades, many global initiatives have been proposed for mitigating climate change. Implementing energy transition towards sustainable systems plays an essential role in achieving such goals. This process will require a shift from conventional energy generation to advanced systems. The potentiality of such systems is not only related to their technical efficiency, but also to the flexibility and optimization of their operation, their sustainability and how they could be integrated in a territory. For this reason, this Special Issue will focus on novel optimization and emerging technologies, and on the assessment of their environmental, economic and social characteristics, for integrated and advanced energy generation systems. Topics of interest for publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Techno/economic/social analyses of advanced energy generation systems;
  • Tools for design and/or operation optimization of energy generation systems;
  • Distributed generation systems: planning and implementation;
  • Energy management;
  • Advanced solutions for renewable energy systems integration;
  • Energy efficiency solutions and demand-side management.

Dr. Remo Santagata
Prof. Dr. Laura Vanoli
Dr. Vittoria Battaglia
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Empowering Energy Communities through Geothermal Systems
by Vittoria Battaglia, Francesca Ceglia, Davide Maria Laudiero, Alessandro Maione, Elisa Marrasso and Laura Vanoli
Energies 2024, 17(5), 1248; https://doi.org/10.3390/en17051248 - 6 Mar 2024
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The Renewable Energy Directive II introduces renewable energy communities, enhancing energy sharing. However, many existing initiatives, focussing only on electricity, overlook the substantial energy demand in building sector comprising residential and commercial spaces. Energy communities in this sector can leverage district heating and [...] Read more.
The Renewable Energy Directive II introduces renewable energy communities, enhancing energy sharing. However, many existing initiatives, focussing only on electricity, overlook the substantial energy demand in building sector comprising residential and commercial spaces. Energy communities in this sector can leverage district heating and cooling technology for thermal energy sharing, contributing to carbon neutrality by enhancing efficiency and reducing primary energy usage. Advanced strategies such as integrating renewables into heating and cooling grids, sector coupling, and utilising waste heat are key in moving away from fossil fuels. The Campania Region (Italy), abundant in geothermal energy potential, chose a district in which to implement the GeoGRID system. This innovative setup combines a four-pipe district heating and cooling network with an Organic Rankine Cycle plant, tapping into geothermal energy from the Solfatara area. The geothermal fluid’s heat feeds the ORC evaporator and then powers the thermal network, allowing direct heating and domestic hot water supply during winter. A thorough techno-economic analysis assessed the energy potential extractable from the geothermal fluid. Crucial aspects of this study are the evaluation of the energy and environmental efficiency of the system within the renewable energy community framework. Additionally, the paper introduces a methodology applicable for assessing geothermal energy communities on a global scale. Full article
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Modeling of a Biomass-Based Energy Production Case Study Using Flexible Inputs with the P-Graph Framework
by András Éles, István Heckl and Heriberto Cabezas
Energies 2024, 17(3), 687; https://doi.org/10.3390/en17030687 - 31 Jan 2024
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In this work, a modeling technique utilizing the P-Graph framework was used for a case study involving biomass-based local energy production. In recent years, distributed energy systems gained attention. These systems aim to satisfy energy supply demands, support the local economy, decrease transportation [...] Read more.
In this work, a modeling technique utilizing the P-Graph framework was used for a case study involving biomass-based local energy production. In recent years, distributed energy systems gained attention. These systems aim to satisfy energy supply demands, support the local economy, decrease transportation needs and dependence on imports, and, in general, obtain a more sustainable energy production process. Designing such systems is a challenge, for which novel optimization approaches were developed to help decision making. Previous work used the P-Graph framework to optimize energy production in a small rural area, involving manure, intercrops, grass, and corn silage as inputs and fermenters. Biogas is produced in fermenters, and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants provide heat and electricity. A more recent result introduced the concept of operations with flexible inputs in the P-Graph framework. In this work, the concept of flexible inputs was applied to model fermenters in the original case study. A new implementation of the original decision problem was made both as a Mixed-Integer Linear Programming (MILP) model and as a purely P-Graph model by using the flexible input technique. Both approaches provided the same optimal solution, with a 31% larger profit than the fixed input model. Full article
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Investigation and Optimization of Integrated Electricity Generation from Wind, Wave, and Solar Energy Sources
by Huseyin Balta and Zehra Yumurtaci
Energies 2024, 17(3), 603; https://doi.org/10.3390/en17030603 - 26 Jan 2024
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This study investigates the potential for renewable energy-based electricity generation using existing wave, wind, and solar energies in Türkiye. A significant part of Türkiye’s energy needs is still met using fossil fuels. Considering the country’s resources, renewable energy sources appear as an alternative [...] Read more.
This study investigates the potential for renewable energy-based electricity generation using existing wave, wind, and solar energies in Türkiye. A significant part of Türkiye’s energy needs is still met using fossil fuels. Considering the country’s resources, renewable energy sources appear as an alternative source to meet these needs. The objective of this study is to find an effective, efficient, economical, environmentally friendly, and sustainable way to produce electricity to reach net-zero targets and transition towards low-carbon and carbon-free energy systems. To be able to make a deep investigation about the relevant issue, six provinces from different regions of Türkiye (Antalya, Çanakkale, İstanbul, İzmir, Kırklareli, and Muğla) are assessed in terms of wave, wind, and solar energy potential, including wave data, wind speeds, sunshine duration, and global radiation values. Wind, wave, and solar energy data of the selected regions were taken from the ERA5 database, which is the weather forecast model of the European Center for Medium-Term Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), and the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Türkiye and the General Directorate of Meteorology. Calculations were made using monthly data for the last 5 years. Considering the coastal lengths in the determined regions, the annual total electrical power produced from wave, solar, and wind energies was calculated. In these calculations, the coastal length parameter was assumed to be uniform across all cities, and the electrical power potential from these energy sources was analyzed. Within the framework of these analyses, the number of houses in the selected regions whose electricity needs can be met was calculated. As a result, the potential electrical power and the amount of affordable housing units in the selected regions were compared. As an important result of the studies, it was determined that the characteristic features of the selected regions, such as wavelength, wave height, and wind speed, were directly related to the applicable coast length. The power obtained from wave energy was higher than that from other renewable energy sources, considering the determined coast lengths. Wave energy was followed by parabolic solar collector, wind, and photovoltaic solar energy systems. According to the model, the power obtained from renewable energy systems was at the highest level in the Kırklareli/Demirköy province compared to other locations. Kırklareli was followed by İstanbul, Antalya, İzmir, Muğla, and Çanakkale. It was also found that the electricity needs of 763,578 houses were met in the Kırklareli/Demirköy region, and the electricity needs of 470,590 houses were met in the Çanakkale/Ayvacık region. The statistically optimized factors using the Response Surface Methodology (RSM) for wind, photovoltaic, parabolic solar collector, and wave power were reported as 995.278, 4529.743, 2264.546, and 276,495.09, respectively. The optimal factors aim to achieve a total electricity generation rate of 2.491 × 109 (kWh/year), a total number of houses of 682,590.55 (number/year), and a total cost of USD 813,940,876. In line with the results obtained, the Kırklareli/Demirköy region becomes favorable when considering wave and wave-integrated wind and solar energies. The proposed system has the potential to meet the entire electricity demand of the Kırklareli province based on data from the Republic of Türkiye Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA). Full article
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A Comprehensive Evaluation of Off-Grid Photovoltaic Experiences in Non-Interconnected Zones of Colombia: Integrating a Sustainable Perspective
by Andrea A. Eras-Almeida, Tatiana Vásquez-Hernández, Merlyn Johanna Hurtado-Moncada and Miguel A. Egido-Aguilera
Energies 2023, 16(5), 2292; https://doi.org/10.3390/en16052292 - 27 Feb 2023
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This research presents the findings of an evaluation of off-grid photovoltaic (PV) systems and their sustainability models in Colombia within the “Evaluation of Isolated Photovoltaic Systems and Their Sustainability Models” project supported by the Global Environment Fund (GEF). It involves the analysis of [...] Read more.
This research presents the findings of an evaluation of off-grid photovoltaic (PV) systems and their sustainability models in Colombia within the “Evaluation of Isolated Photovoltaic Systems and Their Sustainability Models” project supported by the Global Environment Fund (GEF). It involves the analysis of primary and secondary information on the photovoltaic energy projects for rural electrification in this country. Part of the information was obtained through interviews with different stakeholders who work in solar electrification in non-interconnected zones (NIZ), covering rural and island contexts. It was complemented by a comparative analysis of international projects implemented in Latin America. The results are shown as lessons learned, with a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) study representing the current situation of rural electrification with PV technology as perceived and describing the opportunities for the improvement of rural electrification strategies based on the successful experiences in the region. This research offers a comprehensive overview of how Colombian electrification could be led to address the last mile gap, integrating a solid sustainable perspective for the long-term view and ensuring community involvement towards a just energy transition. Therefore, this study proposes a series of guidelines to support those public policies that foster access to energy in the rural non-interconnected zones of Colombia. Full article
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