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Regulation and Control of Flexible Resources in Resilient and Sustainable Power Systems

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2024 | Viewed by 177

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College of Information Science and Engineering, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819, China
Interests: power and energy system operation and control; vehicle-to-grid; virtual energy storage and demand response; intelligent control of industrial loads; renewable energy; energy internet
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Institute of Knowledge Technology, Complutense University of Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: intelligent control (neuro and fuzzy control, evolutive optimization); modelling and simulation; autonomous vehicles: AGV; wind turbines
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School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EEECS), Queen’s University, Belfast BT9 5AH, UK
Interests: power systems; stability; renewable energy; energy storage; electric vehicles; Internet of Things (IoT); signal processing; asset management
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Intelligent Clean Energy Unit, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
Interests: optimal power flow; deep reinforcement learning for power and energy system operation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Large-scale renewable energy has emerged in both centralized and distributed infrastructure to augment conventional generation and limit the impact of fossil fuels on climate change while preserving natural fuel resources. Renewable energy investment and integration, including energy storage and intelligent loading, is one critical facet of progressive power system evolution, which is defining transitional paths to sustainability. However, the stochastic and intermittent availability of renewable energy has meant that the regulation and control of sustainable power systems is especially challenging. The traditional “generation follows consumption” approach is complex, and it is particularly difficult to manage and realize one system hosting distributed units of low-inertia and renewable resources. In terms of centralized and conventional large-scale generation, the flexible control of steam turbines and hydro turbines is achievable via day- and hour-ahead dispatch forecasting and unit commitment scheduling. However, flexible dispatch, regulation and control of renewable generation in different scenarios such as extreme heat (desert conditions), offshore, and islands, introduce much complexity. However, in terms of loading and consumption, virtual power plant and demand response management offers important strategies for flexible regulation and control. By using new and superior information and communication technologies (ICT) and Internet of Things (IoT) developments, energy policies and grid codes, and dynamic electricity pricing and market conditions, technical and financial incentives are available to resolve many of the problems posed by large-scale renewable energy and to improve availability, flexibility and sustainability for future power systems.

This Special Issue focuses on the regulation and control of resilient and sustainable power systems in terms of generation and consumption. Topics for this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, the following innovations and findings:

  1. Flexible regulation and control of steam and hydro turbines;
  2. Regulation and control of renewable energy in challenging scenarios, including desert, offshore, and island at transmission and distribution levels;
  3. Regulation and control of virtual power plant of typical regions;
  4. Regulation and control of demand response, including residential, commercial and industrial loading and system interconnection;
  5. ICT and IoT, energy policies and grid codes, and electricity market pricing and trading mechanisms;
  6. Impacts of renewable generation on dispatch and unit commitment;
  7. The role of energy storage in control and regulation.

You may choose our Joint Special Issue in Sustainability.

Dr. Bowen Zhou
Prof. Dr. Matilde Santos
Dr. Timothy Littler
Dr. Jun Cao
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  • resilient power systems
  • sustainable power systems
  • regulation and control
  • flexible resources
  • virtual power plant
  • renewable energy

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