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Electronic Systems and Energy Harvesting Methods for Automation, Mechatronics and Automotive: 2nd Edition

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: 29 April 2024 | Viewed by 896

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Interests: design and testing of IoT-based electronic systems; smart remote control of facilities; electronic systems for automation and automotive; energy harvesting systems for sensors nodes; wearable devices for health monitoring; new materials and advanced sensors
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Dear Colleagues,

Smart and connected vehicles are becoming the “ultimate electronic devices”, and electronic technologies are the new trend in the automotive industry, with the prediction that automotive electronics will represent nearly a third of the total cost of the entire car. The increasing number and improved performance of on-board sensors and electronic devices have led to new advanced functionalities in vehicles, including adaptive cruise control, park assistance, lane-keep assistance, pedestrian detection, facial or voice recognition systems for passenger safety, and traffic-sign recognition.

Electronics systems for industrial and home/building automation are attracting more and more the attention from academia, industry and standards development organizations. in this context, the design of smart and centralized energy monitoring and management systems as well as of new sensors and wireless devices for active safety and control are crucial.

The research into new energy harvesting techniques and miniaturized transducers for automotive and mechatronics, as well as the development of new electronics solutions and wireless sensor networks fed by energy harvesters is of great interest among researchers and companies.

Summing up, this Special Issue “Electronic Systems and Energy Harvesting Methods for Automation, Mechatronics and Automotive” is focused on bringing together innovative developments and synergies on the following reported topics, including but not limited to:

  • Intelligent Monitoring and Control Systems in Automation and Automotive;
  • Home and Building Automation;
  • Industrial Internet of Things and Control Applications;
  • Development and Engineering of Automation and Mechatronic Systems;
  • Novel Components, Advanced Sensors, Devices and Architectures for Automation, Mechatronics and Automotive;
  • Modeling, Simulation, Measurements and Analysis of Sensor Networks Applied to Automation and Automotive Fields;
  • Electronic Systems Applied to Different Application Areas: Factory and Process Automation, Automotive Applications, Avionics, Robotics, Transportation Systems, Urban Automation and Systems, Energy Systems, Health Systems;
  • Smart Buildings and Energy Management Systems;
  • Micro and Nano Electronics in Automotive;
  • Intelligent Embedded Systems in Automotive and Mechatronics;
  • Smart Sensors for Active Safety in Industrial Automation and Automotive;
  • Energy Harvesting in Sensor Networks;
  • Energy Harvesting Methods and Devices for Automation and Automotive Fields;
  • Modeling and Control of Electro-Mechanical Systems in Automotive;
  • Electronic Solutions for Security in Automation and Automotive Fields;
  • Power Electronics for Industrial and Automotive Applications;
  • Electronics Systems for Energy Monitoring and Consumption Optimization in the Industrial Field and Buildings.

Dr. Paolo Visconti
Guest Editor

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A New Technique for Connecting a Dual Excitation Synchronous Generator to the Power Grid
by Roberto De Fazio, Ayman Alerksousi, Lorenzo Spongano, Bassam Al-Naami, Abdullah Al-Odienat and Paolo Visconti
Energies 2023, 16(24), 7936; https://doi.org/10.3390/en16247936 - 06 Dec 2023
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Due to an increasing demand for electric power and changes in the typology of loads, stability has become a major concern in power systems. As the system stability is directly related to the response of the connected generator, recent research has focused on [...] Read more.
Due to an increasing demand for electric power and changes in the typology of loads, stability has become a major concern in power systems. As the system stability is directly related to the response of the connected generator, recent research has focused on enhancing generators’ stability and improving their response to load variations. This study focuses on adding another excitation winding on to the q-axis, perpendicular to the conventional excitation winding on the d-axis, to control both active and reactive power. This paper studies and compares the performance of the dual excitation synchronous generator (DESG) to conventional synchronous generators. The mathematical equations are derived, and a mathematical model is then developed. The experimental tests have been conducted using a laboratory model consisting of a two-phase synchronous generator driven by a DC motor with different loads. The obtained results and radial diagrams for the different loading types are presented and evaluated. Therefore, a new approach has been designed to connect the DESG directly to the power grid without any electronic components using a special coupling that works in one direction. Two perpendicular excitation coils, d and q, were formed from the existing coils, and the tests were carried out on all loads, ensuring that the revolving angle (i.e., the stability angle φ) was fixed. The results show that the proposed method offers significant cost savings, potentially amounting to 15–20% of the unit price. The experimental results confirm that the DESG significantly improves the generator stability by maintaining a constant rotor angle δ, which requires using an automatic angle regulator (AAR) in addition to the conventional automatic voltage regulator (AVR). Full article
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