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Development of Distributed Energy Systems Based on Renewable Energy Sources—Current Status and Development Prospects

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 513

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Department of Renewable Energy Engineering and Technical Systems, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Bydgoszcz University of Science and Technology, Al. Prof. S. Kaliskiego 7, 85-796 Bydgoszcz, Poland
Interests: renewable energy installations; PV; heat pump; small wind turbines; small water turbines; energy efficiency; hybrid RES installations
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Department of Power Electronics and Energy Control Systems, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering, AGH University of Science and Technology, al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Kraków, Poland
Interests: building and home automation; building energy management systems; smart grid; electrical and electronics engineering; energy efficiency in buildings; renewable energy technologies; communication protocols; automotive software and hardware in the loop

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Institute of Energy, Gdańsk University of Technology, 11/12 Gabriela Narutowicza Street, 80-233 Gdańsk, Poland
Interests: heat transfer; thermal energy storage systems; boiling; condensation; fluid; convection; thermal engineering; fluid mechanics; engineering thermodynamics; heat exchangers; refrigeration and air conditioning; thermal conductivity; thermal management; bubble dynamics; thermography; waste heat recovery; energy saving; renewable energy technologies; object-oriented calculation; image data analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue discusses the current status as well as the potential and development prospects of distributed energy systems based on renewable energy sources. Ultimately, distributed energy can supplement energy supplies in less urbanized areas and guarantee sustainable development in areas planning to increase energy independence where energy networks are missing, or their construction and maintenance are too expensive. The main reason for the development of distributed energy is technological progress contributing to a decrease in the costs of energy production from renewable sources, as well as the desire to use locally available energy resources, e.g., in the form of waste energy in residential systems, in sewage treatment plants or in industry. The development of distributed energy must take into account the security of supplies and stability in the national and regional power systems. A key element of the development of distributed energy is the maximum use of locally available energy resources. This depends on various locally available raw materials in the form of solar or wind energy and biomass energy (biogas). To balance energy in such systems, electricity and heat storage facilities are necessary. Heat storage can effectively cooperate with heat pumps on a micro-scale (single-family houses) and even on an industrial scale (residential buildings, public buildings, small companies, etc.). Taking into account the electrification of residential and industrial systems, it is necessary to integrate hybrid systems of photovoltaics, heat pumps and electromobility. The basis for the proper management of energy resources in distributed systems is therefore the development of modern energy management systems and platforms at different levels of contemporary energy systems and smart power grids.

All kinds of manuscripts presenting research, including case studies as well as state-of-the-art reviews, can be submitted to this Special Issue. The scope of this Special Issue covers but is not limited to the following topics:

  • Energy transformation in less urbanized areas;
  • Possibilities of developing renewable energy in distributed energy systems;
  • Biomass and biogas technology;
  • Wind energy technology;
  • Water energy technology;
  • Photovoltaic technology;
  • Heat pump technology and thermal energy storage technologies;
  • Hybrid systems for renewable energy;
  • Energy cooperatives and energy clusters for distributed energy;
  • Energy management in buildings and homes;
  • Integration of renewable energy sources and storage;
  • Distributed generation with smart control and monitoring functions;
  • IoT applications and artificial intelligence for renewable energy

Dr. Adam Mroziński
Dr. Jakub Grela
Dr. Rafał Andrzejczyk
Guest Editors

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  • renewable energy sources
  • distributed energy
  • hybrid systems
  • photovoltaic
  • heat pump
  • small wind turbine
  • small water turbine
  • small biogas installation
  • building energy management systems
  • demand side management and response
  • IoT applications and artificial intelligence

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