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Renewable Energy Communities: Smart Solutions and the Management of Distributed Energy Sources for the Optimization of Shared Energy

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 8 September 2024 | Viewed by 138

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Department of Engineering, University of Perugia, 06125 Perugia, Italy
Interests: energy production and efficiency in buildings; thermal and electrical loads management in buildings; artificial neural networks; electric power systems; smart grids; renewables and storage systems; renewable energy communities; smart cities and mobility; energy economy; environmental impact of energy systems; electric vehicles; public lighting systems; lighting technology and innovative lighting systems (laser and LED technology)
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The concept of a Renewable Energy Community (REC) was introduced by the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), and it is being transposed into national legislations by means of different regulatory actions. The aim of an REC is to increase the share of renewable energy in energy use among the community and improve the energy shared between members. It also aims to achieve a better balance between load demands and energy supply to optimize the welfare of the community by reducing energy consumption, emissions and cost.

In this context, the present Special Issue aims at collecting research concerning the evaluation of the technical and economic viability of RECs. We are interested in proposals of innovative tools and techniques and articles with a focus on energy sources, the types of renewables used among a community, the kinds of citizens involved, primary energy demand, electric grid features, services and related policies of different countries.

Original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Renewable energy community planning;
  • Local energy markets and trading mechanisms;
  • Machine/deep learning applied to the study and optimization of RECs;
  • Business and energy models;
  • Load management;
  • Renewables;
  • Storage;
  • Photovoltaics;
  • Distributed generation;
  • Sustainable and efficient buildings;
  • Electric power system.

Dr. Elisa Belloni
Guest Editor

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  • renewable energy community
  • optimization techniques
  • electric loads
  • photovoltaics
  • storage
  • machine learning
  • sustainable buildings

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