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Maritime Microgrids: The Key Enabler to Decarbonize the Maritime Industry

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "A1: Smart Grids and Microgrids".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 26 June 2024 | Viewed by 215

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Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malta, MSD 2080 Msida, Malta
Interests: microgrids (AC/DC/hybrid); electric transportation technologies; energy management systems; wind and PV grid connected systems; control and management of distributed generation and energy storage systems; smart grids; IoT applied to smart grids
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Microgrid technologies are the key to accelerating the decarbonization of the maritime sector. In this context, maritime microgrids are localized, self-contained energy systems used in maritime environments, such as ships, ports, and offshore installations. Maritime microgrids, similarly to land-based microgrids, can also be categorized as either AC, DC, or hybrid AC/DC, depending on the specific case studies.

Ships are transitioning to having all-electric shipboard power systems (SPSs) by optimally using onboard energy sources and through the integration of energy storage systems. Presently, approximately 80% of ships use a diesel electric transmission system in their onboard SPS. Hence, SPSs are transforming into highly dynamic shipboard microgrids. While SMGs have many similarities with the terrestrial microgrids, there are also many differences in the power generation, load dynamics, power system stability, spatial limitations, and the effect of wind and ocean currents, amongst others. Port microgrids refer to electricity distribution networks in ports that use the microgrid concept to support their operations. In ports, microgrids can improve the operational efficiency, increase renewable energy penetration, and provide flexibility by installing energy storage systems.

This Special Issue aims to publish high-quality research and review papers related to maritime microgrids. The topics of interest for publication include, but are not limited to, novel system architectures, energy and power management strategies, energy efficiency measures and power quality phenomena identification/mitigation in:

  • Shipboard microgrids;
  • Port microgrids (including seaports and inland ports);
  • Offshore microgrid applications;
  • Offshore renewable energy integration;
  • Power electronic converters for maritime microgrids;
  • Shore-to-Ship/Shore side electricity/Cold ironing.

Dr. Alexander Micallef
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Energies is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • shipboard microgrids
  • port microgrids
  • offshore microgrid applications
  • maritime power and energy solutions
  • digital technologies in maritime microgrids

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