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Sustainable Energy & Society II

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 1825

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Interests: economics; energy and society; energy consumtion; environmental science
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Dear Colleagues, 

Today, the sustainable supply of energy resources is seen, worldwide, as the key determinant of both economic and social development. “Sustainability”, in this particular context, combines two important notions – “stability” [of energy supply] and its friendliness to the natural environment. Societies across the globe are attempting to find, develop, and implement energy solutions that are eco-friendly, economically feasible, and socially tolerable. This has been a challenging task for both policy-makers and researchers. Innovations and R&D are an integral part of this process, which is covering a wide array of research directions: sustainability of logistics and supply; development of new, more efficient technical solutions; adjustment of the already functioning energy systems to the changing political, economic and environmental context; public awareness changes and overall social context as applied to sustainable energy.

In this specific research context, the Special Issue “Sustainable Energy and Society” is collecting texts that cover the following topics: government regulation of changes in energy systems; social and socio-cultural changes due to changes in the national energy systems; growing prosumer attitudes to energy supply and energy use; description of implemented local “green” initiatives; SME interests and participation in the alternative energy development; energy equality and energy justice across the globe and in the context of developing nations especially.

Prof. Dr. Yuriy Bilan
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Keywords

  • public discourse in sustainable energy policy
  • changes in the national energy systems
  • social and socio-economic changes caused by the energy transition
  • socio-cultural shift from consumer to prosumer in the energy sector
  • local “green” sustainable initiatives
  • SME interests and participation in alternative energy development
  • the cultures of energy consumption: national, regional and local levels
  • food wastes management, sustainable approach
  • justice in energy distribution, energy poverty
  • forecasting energy demand trends

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Assessment of the Efficiency of a Hybrid Photovoltaic and Photovoltaic Heating System (PV–Solar) in the Context of a Warehouse for a Housing Community in Poland
by Andrzej Gawlik, Marcin Nowakowski, Marcin Rabe, Dariusz Rajchel, Yuriy Bilan, Agnieszka Łopatka, Jurgita Martinkiene and Serhiy Kozmenko
Energies 2024, 17(10), 2264; https://doi.org/10.3390/en17102264 - 8 May 2024
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In light of global challenges such as the war in Ukraine and the depletion of fossil fuel resources, it is essential to explore sustainable energy solutions. Hybrid energy systems represent a potential solution, offering energy independence to urban housing estates and reducing CO [...] Read more.
In light of global challenges such as the war in Ukraine and the depletion of fossil fuel resources, it is essential to explore sustainable energy solutions. Hybrid energy systems represent a potential solution, offering energy independence to urban housing estates and reducing CO2 emissions. This article aims to explore the feasibility of integrating photovoltaic systems (utilizing vacuum collectors) and combined utilities (system heat and electricity) in a hybrid setup, leveraging existing technical infrastructure with necessary modifications. A key aspect is to perform calculations on the amount of heat and electricity generated from these systems. The study analyzes the demand for heat and electricity among consumers compared to the estimated production from renewable sources. Calculations also include the potential energy savings and CO2 emission reductions achievable through the proposed solutions. The findings indicate that hybrid photovoltaic systems with heat storage could effectively address energy issues in urban housing estates, given adequate support and community involvement. The innovative methodology employed in this study encompasses both analytical and experimental research approaches. The analysis employs advanced statistical techniques and data integration to enhance understanding of the phenomena studied, while the experimental research provides robust results through controlled variable manipulation and precise measurement tools, thereby verifying the study’s objectives. Full article
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Economic and Energy Analysis of the Construction of a Wind Farm with Infrastructure in the Baltic Sea
by Cezary Banaszak, Andrzej Gawlik, Paweł Szcześniak, Marcin Rabe, Katarzyna Widera, Yuriy Bilan, Agnieszka Łopatka and Ewelina Gutowska
Energies 2023, 16(16), 6088; https://doi.org/10.3390/en16166088 - 21 Aug 2023
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The constantly growing demand for energy, the need to ensure the security of its supply, and the progressing climate changes related to the emission of carbon dioxide and other pollutants have caused, in recent years, an increase in interest in offshore wind energy. [...] Read more.
The constantly growing demand for energy, the need to ensure the security of its supply, and the progressing climate changes related to the emission of carbon dioxide and other pollutants have caused, in recent years, an increase in interest in offshore wind energy. This paper presents all the work that needs to be done to build a wind farm in the Baltic Sea. The work focuses on the description of the equipment and the necessary tests to perform in order to analyze the obtained data. The data will allow for unambiguous interpretation and the selection of a convenient location for the construction of a wind farm. The final product of the work is a cost estimate, in which the costs of undertaking such an undertaking are shown. Full article
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Title: A Bidirectional SEPIC Converter with a Wide Conversion Ratio and Non-Dissipative Current Snubber
Authors: L. Chitra; Kothai Andal C.
Affiliation: Dr. Mahalingam College of Engineering, AMC Engineering College, India
Abstract: This article presents a wide conversion ratio bidirectional dc-dc converter based on a bidirectional modified Single-ended primary-inductor converter (SEPIC converter). A key feature of this modified SEPIC converter is the non-dissipative current snubber circuit, which is used to achieve zero current switching and to suppress voltage spikes that occur during MOSFET switching. The snubber is made up of a capacitor, an inductor, and a diode that work together to form a resonant circuit that absorbs the voltage spike and returns it to the circuit without dissipating it. Even with conventional MOSFETs, high efficiency is achieved. The SEPIC converter differs from other bi-directional DC-DC converters in that it provides continuous output current, has fewer components, and can provide high conversion ratios of step-up and step-down voltage without exceedingly low or high duty-cycle. This paper presents a theoretical analysis with stages of operation in both step-up and step-down modes, theoretical waveforms, and the design procedure, as well as a comparison with other bidirectional dc-dc converter topologies.

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