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Advances in Energy Conversion and Control for Solar Energy, Wind Energy, and Other Renewable Energy

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2025 | Viewed by 1402

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Interests: electrical power systems; applications of power electronics in power systems; real-time power system modeling; smart grid systems; power systems protections; renewable energy and distributed energy resources in power systems; applications of artificial intelligence in power systems; high-voltage power systems; condition monitoring
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Dear Colleagues,

Electrical power and energy systems are facing challenges and transformations as smart grid is implemented. Improved design solutions, better control and efficient management of systems are essential to maintain the reliability and continuity of a power supply in systems where customers are participating in effecting bi-directional power flow where immediate balancing of demand and supply needs to be meet from the perspective of the stability of the systems. Real-time exchange of information becomes inevitable in integrating modern technologies, controls and their operation in a sustainable manner in this regard. Above all, smart protections are necessary for all the systems and equipment.

This Special Issue aims to present and disseminate the most recent advances related to energy conversion and associated controls and protections for solar energy, wind energy, and other renewable energy sources.

  • Smart interoperability of energy sources;
  • Smart microgrid;
  • Smart integration of renewable energy systems;
  • Smart economic load dispatch;
  • Information and communication technologies in smart energy systems;
  • Efficient use of energy resources in a smart grid;
  • Smart energy monitoring in the grid;
  • Smart energy management systems;
  • Smart distributed generation systems;
  • Use of big data in smart energy systems;
  • Use of IoTs in smart energy systems;
  • Smart solutions for energy systems;
  • Smart systems for electric vehicles in energy systems;
  • Smart metering in energy systems;
  • Smart building designs and solutions;
  • Smart systems for railway traction systems;
  • Smart energy systems for industry applications;
  • Smart control and operation of energy systems;
  • Smart control and operation of energy storage systems;
  • Smart control of power electronic devices in energy systems;
  • Smart solutions in HV and EHV transmission systems;
  • Smart designs for consumers/prosumers of energy;
  • Smart protections in energy systems;
  • Applications of artificial intelligence for smart energy systems;
  • Computational techniques for smart energy systems.

Dr. Akshay Kumar Saha
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • energy conversion
  • control
  • solar energy
  • wind energy
  • renewable energy
  • energy storage
  • microgrid
  • energy monitoring
  • energy management
  • distributed generation
  • big data
  • IoTs
  • smart solutions
  • smart metering
  • power electronics
  • artificial intelligence
  • computational techniques

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Cooling Methods for Standard and Floating PV Panels
by Arnas Majumder, Amit Kumar, Roberto Innamorati, Costantino Carlo Mastino, Giancarlo Cappellini, Roberto Baccoli and Gianluca Gatto
Energies 2023, 16(24), 7939; https://doi.org/10.3390/en16247939 - 6 Dec 2023
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Energy and water poverty are two main challenges of the modern world. Most developing and underdeveloped countries need more efficient electricity-producing sources to overcome the problem of potable water evaporation. At the same time, the traditional way to produce energy/electricity is also responsible [...] Read more.
Energy and water poverty are two main challenges of the modern world. Most developing and underdeveloped countries need more efficient electricity-producing sources to overcome the problem of potable water evaporation. At the same time, the traditional way to produce energy/electricity is also responsible for polluting the environment and damaging the ecosystem. Notably, many techniques have been used around the globe, such as a photovoltaic (PV) cooling (active, passive, and combined) process to reduce the working temperature of the PV panels (up to 60 °C) to improve the system efficiency. For floating photovoltaic (FPV), water cooling is mainly responsible for reducing the panel temperature to enhance the production capacity of the PV panels, while the system efficiency can increase up to around 30%. At the same time, due to the water surface covering, the water loss due to evaporation is also minimized, and the water evaporation could be minimized by up to 60% depending on the total area covered by the water surfaces. Therefore, it could be the right choice for generating clean and green energy, with dual positive effects. The first is to improve the efficiency of the PV panels to harness more energy and minimize water evaporation. This review article focuses mainly on various PV and FPV cooling methods and the use and advantages of FPV plants, particularly covering efficiency augmentation and reduction of water evaporation due to the installation of PV systems on the water bodies. Full article
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