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The Sustainable Performance of Power Supply Chain Systems

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 2 May 2025 | Viewed by 54

Special Issue Editors


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Power Systems Engineering Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO 80401, USA
Interests: sustainable infrastructure; renewable energy; grid modernization; advanced distribution management systems (ADMSs); distributed energy resource management systems (DERMSs); AI/ML algorithms and optimization
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Energy System Researcher, Andlinger Center for Energy the Environment, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
Interests: macro-energy systems; automatic control systems; mathematical optimization operations research; AI/ML algorithms; energy markets

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Power supply chain systems encompass the complex processes and logistics involved in the production, transmission, distribution, and consumption of electrical power, and, owing to the challenges associated with scale, complexity, supply/demand volatility, and disruptions, managing these systems is a complex field. The energy ecosystem is currently undergoing a profound transformation with the addition newer variable sources (wind and solar), as well as variable demand points such as electric vehicles (EVs). These changes are reshaping power supply chain systems and their performance, introducing both challenges and opportunities to enhance their efficiency and sustainability, which deserve thorough study. To address these critical aspects, we are pleased to announce a Special Issue dedicated to the theme of the “The Sustainable Performance of Power Supply Chain Systems”. This Special Issue aims to provide researchers and industry experts with a comprehensive platform to present and discuss the latest inventions, innovations, and solutions that can see practical applications in the field of power supply chain systems and their operations.

The Special Issue will cover a broad spectrum of topics related to sustainability, digitization, and the resilience of power supply chain systems, with emphasis on addressing complex and emerging challenges, including supply–demand integration, cybersecurity, logistics optimization, and efficiency improvements. Submissions are encouraged to explore these areas:

  • Sustainable sourcing and procurement practices in the power industry;
  • Supply–demand integration: integrating various consumption points such as buildings, households, and industries, and EV infrastructure with supply chain systems for coordinated optimization;
  • Integrating renewable energy sources into the power supply chain, both at large scales and as distributed energy resources (DERs);
  • Digitalization and automation of power supply chain processes, such as advanced distribution management systems (ADMSs), distributed energy resource management systems (DERMSs), virtual power plants (VPPs), and DER aggregators, that leverage digital twins, artificial intelligence, and diverse engineering models;
  • Resilience planning and risk management in power systems, including cybersecurity measures, anomaly detection, predictive analytics, and disaster management;
  • Optimization of complex logistics systems, including efficient energy dispatch, managing storage, electric vehicles, and their intersections;
  • Energy efficiency initiatives in power generation, transmission, and distribution;
  • Stakeholder engagement and community involvement in sustainable power supply chain practices;
  • Case studies, application of AI/ML, and best practices in sustainable power supply chain management;
  • Innovations in technology and infrastructure toward improving the efficiency and sustainability of power supply chain systems.

We invite researchers, academics, industry professionals, and policymakers to contribute original research articles, reviews, and case studies to this Special Issue. We sincerely look forward to enabling this Special Issue to complement existing literature by offering fresh insights, practical solutions, and interdisciplinary perspectives on the challenges and opportunities in this critical field. Together, we can advance the understanding and implementation of sustainable practices in power supply chain systems to ensure a reliable and environmentally responsible energy future.

Dr. Harsha Vardhana Padullaparti
Dr. Sambuddha Chakrabarti
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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. Sustainability 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 2400 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

  • power supply chains
  • renewable energy
  • energy efficiency
  • sustainability
  • energy systems
  • buildings
  • electric vehicles (EVs)
  • ADMS
  • DERMS
  • virtual power plants (VPPs)
  • cybersecurity
  • energy storage
  • artificial intelligence
  • digital twins
  • microgrids

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