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Special Issue "Sustainable and Smart Energy Management Systems: Energy 4.0 in Supply and Demand Side"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2022) | Viewed by 2019

Special Issue Editors

Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engineering and Tourism (DEGEIT), University of Aveiro, Campus Universitário de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: sustainability and manufacturing support systems in general; sustainable and smart management systems in particular (quality, maintenance, occupational health and safety, energy, symbiosis, lean production, circular economy, among others)
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Faculty of Science and Technology, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal
Interests: industrial engineering; industrial symbiosis; energy management; sustainability; circular economy; additive manufacturing; lean manufacturing; quality management systems; sustainable energy systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Industry 4.0 or the digitalization of industry can be described as the incorporation of a wide range of disruptive technologies in the manufacturing sector in order to meet the ever-growing personalized demands of customers. This new paradigm is changing the way businesses operate and therefore the environments in which they are forced to compete. Industry 4.0 comprises several new technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, deep learning, analytics, cognitive technologies, nanotechnology, and the Internet of Things (IoT), among others.

Industry 4.0, by having a strong impact in terms of the use of resources and the optimization of time, could also offer many more benefits to the energy sector and industry in general. Policy makers, companies, and professionals, aware of the importance of Industry 4.0 applied to the energy sector, could very well enhance competitiveness and address the energy transition towards cleaner and more sustainable energy systems as a key element in adapting to market trends. These technological advances pave the way for a new perspective of energy and establish a change in the relationship between producers and consumers—Energy 4.0.

These changes that will undoubtedly take place in industries and neighbourhood networks are encompassed in a new scenario composed of renewable energy communities, smart cities and the extensive use of electric vehicles, and the existence of a strong commitment to energy efficiency, decarbonization, sustainability and the environment as well. This Special Issue intends to deepen the knowledge of Energy 4.0 and its sustainable and smart management systems and its implications for sustainability, the relationship between producers and consumers and overall competitiveness. The potential benefits that Industry 4.0 can bring are diverse; therefore, contributions from different research areas are welcome. Researchers are encouraged to submit contributions that touch on several aspects of Energy 4.0 and its relationship to several adjacent topics.

Prof. Dr. João C. O. Matias
Prof. Dr. Paula Varandas Ferreira
Dr. Radu Godina
Guest Editors

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  • Blockchain technology
  • Building and home energy management
  • Data management
  • Demand Response
  • Digital Transformation
  • Distributed generation
  • Electric and hydrogen mobility
  • Emergy, entransy, and exergy analyses
  • Energy 4.0
  • Energy and circular economy
  • Energy and symbiosis
  • Energy community
  • Energy economics
  • Energy efficiency in end-use sectors
  • Energy life-cycle assessment
  • Energy life-cycle cost
  • Energy markets
  • Energy optimization models
  • Energy policy
  • Energy storage systems
  • Energy vectors
  • Fuels
  • Multi-energy systems
  • Power generation and systems
  • Renewable energy
  • Sustainable energy
  • Smart energy systems
  • Thermal energy generation and management

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19 pages, 792 KiB  
A Review on the Internalization of Externalities in Electricity Generation Expansion Planning
Energies 2023, 16(4), 1840; https://doi.org/10.3390/en16041840 - 13 Feb 2023
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This work addresses the internalization of externalities in energy decision making and in generation expansion planning (GEP). Although the linkage between externalities and energy is well recognized, the issue of the internalization in GEP models and from a sustainability perspective is still far [...] Read more.
This work addresses the internalization of externalities in energy decision making and in generation expansion planning (GEP). Although the linkage between externalities and energy is well recognized, the issue of the internalization in GEP models and from a sustainability perspective is still far from being fully explored. A critical literature review is presented, including scientific articles published in the period from 2011 to 2021 and selected from scientific databases according to a set of pre-defined keywords. The literature is vast and quite heterogeneous in the models and methods used to deal with these externalities, and therefore a categorization of these studies was attempted. This categorization was based on the methods used, the geographical scope, the externalities included in the planning model and the strategies for their inclusion. As a result, it was possible to perceive that most studies tend to focus on the internalization of externalities related to CO2 and equivalent emissions from a national perspective. Departing from the critical analysis, pathways for future research were presented, highlighting the need to improve the internalization of social externalities to overcome environmental and economic bias, and also highlighting the importance of recognizing regional specificities and development priorities. Full article
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