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Blockchain Technology Based Advanced Systems and Architectures with Security, Energy Preservation and Efficiency Aspects

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "G1: Smart Cities and Urban Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2024) | Viewed by 1689

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1. Department of Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
2. Founder Chairman and Executive Director, BCBRBAB Intercontinental Trading Solutions Private Limited, Kolkata 700084, India
Interests: applied cryptography and cryptanalysis (RSA and AES and related ciphers); end-to-end (E2E) secure communication, peer to peer (P2P) communication and security aspects; information systems efficiency; lightweight and security aspects; blockchain applications and security aspects and software testing
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Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of the Energies journal belongs to the section G1: Smart Cities and Urban Management, which focuses on novel research results and proven practices aimed at optimizing the energy and efficiency of smart cities. Four subtopics of this section directly related to this Special Issue are: Smart City Architecture and Infrastructure, Distributed and Networked Sensors for Smart Cities, Cyber-Physical Systems for Smart Cities and IoT Network Technologies and IoT Architectures. Therefore, this Special Issue also focuses on security, energy preservation and efficiency aspects of advanced blockchain-based systems and architectures. Therefore, topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Energy-preserving blockchain architectures.
  2. Efficiency of software-defined networking (SDN) for blockchain.
  3. Blockchain and beyond architecture requirements and specifications towards energy and computing efficiency.
  4. Distributed consensus protocols and P2P algorithms.
  5. Blockchain and data analytics towards energy and computing efficiency.
  6. AI-based edge computing over blockchain towards energy and computing efficiency.
  7. Blockchain and big data blockchain in 6G technologies towards energy and computing efficiency.
  8. Blockchain and beyond wireless technologies towards energy and computing efficiency.
  9. Blockchain management towards energy and computing efficiency.
  10. Cloud-based blockchain architectures towards energy and computing efficiency.
  11. Blockchain and machine learning (ML) towards energy and computing efficiency.
  12. Device-to-device (D2D) communications and networking towards energy and computing efficiency.
  13. Distributed ledger technology (DLT) architectures towards energy and computing efficiency.
  14. Blockchain characteristics and databases towards energy and computing efficiency.
  15. Blockchain and networking protocols (IPv4 vs. IPv6) towards energy and computing efficiency.
  16. Blockchain in the Internet of Things (IoT) towards energy and computing efficiency.
  17. Blockchain in cyber-physical systems (CPS) towards energy and computing efficiency.
  18. Blockchain in supply chain management (SCM) towards energy and computing efficiency.
  19. Blockchain and game theory towards energy and computing efficiency.
  20. Blockchain and Industry 4.0 towards energy and computing efficiency.
  21. Privacy and security aspects of blockchain-based architectures.

Prof. Dr. Aniruddha Bhattacharjya
Prof. Dr. Shaohua Wan
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Keywords

  • energy- and computing-efficient distributed ledger technology (DLT)
  • privacy- and security-aware blockchain-based architectures
  • energy- and computing-efficient blockchain-based cyber-physical systems (CPSs)
  • energy- and computing-efficient blockchain-based supply chain management (SCM)
  • energy- and computing-efficient blockchain and big data in 6G technologies
  • energy- and computing-efficient software-defined networking (SDN) for blockchain
  • energy- and computing-efficient blockchain and machine learning (ML)
  • energy- and computing-efficient blockchain-based Internet of Things (BIoT)

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Blockchain-Based Microgrid for Safe and Reliable Power Generation and Distribution: A Case Study of Saudi Arabia
by Mousa Mohammed Khubrani and Shadab Alam
Energies 2023, 16(16), 5963; https://doi.org/10.3390/en16165963 - 12 Aug 2023
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Energy demand is increasing rapidly due to rapid growth and industrialization. It is becoming more and more complex to manage generation and distribution due to the diversification of energy sources to minimize carbon emissions. Smart grids manage reliable power generation and distribution efficiently [...] Read more.
Energy demand is increasing rapidly due to rapid growth and industrialization. It is becoming more and more complex to manage generation and distribution due to the diversification of energy sources to minimize carbon emissions. Smart grids manage reliable power generation and distribution efficiently and cater to a large geographical area and population, but their centralized structure makes them vulnerable. Cybersecurity threats have become a significant concern with these systems’ increasing complexity and connectivity. Further transmission losses and its vulnerability to the single point of failure (SPOF) are also major concerns. Microgrids are becoming an alternative to large, centralized smart grids that can be managed locally with fewer user bases and are safe from SPOF. Microgrids cater to small geographical areas and populations that can be easily managed at the local level and utilized for different sources of energy, like renewable energy. A small group of consumers and producers are involved, but microgrids can also be connected with smart grids if required to exchange the excess energy. Still, these are also vulnerable to cybersecurity threats, as in the case of smart grids, and lack trust due to their decentralized nature without any trusted third party. Blockchain (BC) technology can address the trust and cybersecurity challenges in the energy sector. This article proposes a framework for implementing a BC-based microgrid system for managing all the aspects of a microgrid system, including peer-to-peer (P2P) energy trading, Renewable Energy Certificate (REC), and decentralized energy trading, that can be utilized in the case of Saudi Arabia. It can integrate cybersecurity standards and protocols, as well as the utilization of smart contracts, for more secure and reliable energy generation and distribution with transparency. Full article
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