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Advancements in Sustainable Energy Technologies: Innovations, Integration, and Impact

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 7 September 2024 | Viewed by 1355

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School of Energy and Power Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, China
Interests: energy and environment; coal/biomass gasification/pyrolysis and CFD simulation; hydrogen; seaweed; hydrothermal
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Institute of Energy Engineering, China Jiliang University, Hangzhou 310000, China
Interests: CO2 reduction; NH3 production; particle removal; air pollutant emission and control
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College of New Energy, China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao 266580, China
Interests: combustion of alternative fuels such as ammonia and biofuels; laminar burning velocity measurements using the heat flux method; burner setup for low-speed flame stabilization; rich-side flame structure analyses in hydrocarbon and alternative fuels; mechanism development, validation, and reduction
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The transition towards sustainable energy systems is an urgent global priority to combat climate change and ensure a sustainable future. As the demand for clean and renewable energy solutions continues to rise, it is essential to explore and showcase the latest advancements in sustainable energy technologies. Therefore, the Energies journal is launching a Special Issue dedicated to "Advancements in Sustainable Energy Technologies: Innovations, Integration, and Impact", to provide a platform for researchers and experts to contribute their groundbreaking research and insights in this critical field.

This Special Issue aims to shed light on cutting-edge research and innovations that can accelerate the adoption and integration of sustainable energy technologies. It will encompass a broad range of topics, including renewable energy sources, energy storage and conversion, smart grid technologies, energy efficiency, the electrification of transportation, environmental impact assessment, policy implications, and societal perspectives.

Researchers, scientists, engineers, and industry experts are invited to submit original research articles, review papers, and technical notes that align with the scope of this Special Issue. Potential topics for submission include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Novel advancements in solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, biomass, and ocean energy technologies;
  • Breakthroughs in energy storage solutions such as battery technologies, fuel cells, and hydrogen storage;
  • Innovations in smart grid systems, microgrids, and demand response for efficient energy management;
  • Energy-efficient building technologies, industrial process optimization, and sustainable energy conservation strategies;
  • Developments in electric vehicles, charging infrastructure, and intelligent mobility solutions;
  • Life cycle assessment and environmental impact evaluation of sustainable energy systems;
  • Policy frameworks, economic analyses, and social considerations influencing the adoption of sustainable energy technologies.

Dr. Sunel Kumar
Dr. Dingkun Yuan
Dr. Xinlu Han
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Manuscript Submission Information

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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.

Keywords

  • hydrogen
  • CO2 capture and storage
  • gasification and pyrolysis
  • coal and biomass
  • ammonia conversion
  • bunsen reaction
  • life cycle assessment
  • air pollutant
  • ansys and aspen plus simulation
  • tube furnace and drop tube furnace
  • waste to energy

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Emerging Trends and Challenges in Pink Hydrogen Research
by Pablo Fernández-Arias, Álvaro Antón-Sancho, Georgios Lampropoulos and Diego Vergara
Energies 2024, 17(10), 2291; https://doi.org/10.3390/en17102291 - 10 May 2024
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Pink hydrogen is the name given to the technological variant of hydrogen generation from nuclear energy. This technology aims to address the environmental challenges associated with conventional hydrogen production, positioning itself as a more sustainable and eco-efficient alternative, while offering a viable alternative [...] Read more.
Pink hydrogen is the name given to the technological variant of hydrogen generation from nuclear energy. This technology aims to address the environmental challenges associated with conventional hydrogen production, positioning itself as a more sustainable and eco-efficient alternative, while offering a viable alternative to nuclear power as a source of electricity generation. The present research analyzes the landscape of pink hydrogen research, an innovative strand of renewable energy research. The methodology included a comprehensive search of scientific databases, which revealed a steady increase in the number of publications in recent years. This increase suggests a growing interest in and recognition of the importance of pink hydrogen in the transition to cleaner and more sustainable energy sources. The results reflect the immaturity of this technology, where there is no single international strategy and where there is some diversity of research topic areas, as well as a small number of relevant topics. It is estimated that the future development of Gen IV nuclear reactors, as well as Small Modular Reactor (SMR) designs, will also favor the implementation of pink hydrogen. Full article
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Potentials of Mixed-Integer Linear Programming (MILP)-Based Optimization for Low-Carbon Hydrogen Production and Development Pathways in China
by Jiani Mao, Guangxue Zhang, Zhongqian Ling, Dingkun Yuan, Maosheng Liu and Jiangrong Xu
Energies 2024, 17(7), 1694; https://doi.org/10.3390/en17071694 - 2 Apr 2024
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Hydrogen (H2) is considered one of the main pillars for transforming the conventional “dark” energy system to a net-zero carbon or “green” energy system. This work reviewed the potential resources for producing low-carbon hydrogen in China, as well as the possible [...] Read more.
Hydrogen (H2) is considered one of the main pillars for transforming the conventional “dark” energy system to a net-zero carbon or “green” energy system. This work reviewed the potential resources for producing low-carbon hydrogen in China, as well as the possible hydrogen production methods based on the available resources. The analysis and comparison of the levelized cost of hydrogen (LCOH) for different hydrogen production pathways, and the optimal technology mixes to produce H2 in China from 2020 to 2050 were obtained using the mixed-integer linear programming (MILP) optimization model. The results were concluded as three major ones: (a) By 2050, the LCOH of solar- and onshore-wind-powered hydrogen will reach around 70–80 $/MWh, which is lower than the current H2 price and the future low-carbon H2 price. (b) Fuel costs (>40%) and capital investments (~20%) of different hydrogen technologies are the major cost components, and also are the major direction to further reduce the hydrogen price. (c) For the optimal hydrogen technology mix under the higher renewable ratio (70%) in 2050, the installed capacities of the renewable-powered electrolysers are all more than 200 GW, and the overall LCOH is 68.46 $/MWh. This value is higher than the LCOH (62.95 $/MWh) of the scenario with higher coal gasification with carbon capture and the storage (CG-CCS) ratio (>50%). Overall, this work is the first time that hydrogen production methods in China has been discussed comprehensively, as well as the acquisition of the optimal H2 production technology mix by the MILP optimization model, which can provide guidance on future hydrogen development pathways and technology development potential in China. Full article
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