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Energy Storage, Conversion and Sustainable Management

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 18 January 2025 | Viewed by 116

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Singapore Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (TUM-CREATE), Technical University of Munich, Singapore 138602, Singapore
Interests: techno-economic and environmental analysis of processes, devices, technologies, and systems for storage; production valorization of thermal energy (heat/cold) with a focus on low-carbon heating; recovery of wasted thermal energy
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Industrial and Information Engineering, University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy
Interests: analysis, synthesis and optimisation of energy systems proposed for the decarbonisation of industry and mobility; considering technologies for the exploitation of renewable energy sources; the production, storage and use of hydrogen, and the generation and storage of heat, cold and electricity

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Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Rome, Rome, Italy
Interests: decarbonization and roadmaps towards net zero solutions; environmental techno feasiblity assessment; CCGT large-scale power plants with CCS and CCU; CSP and geothermal plants; unit commitment and optimal dispatch problem; AI and ML condition monitoring

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The shift towards a global energy system aligned with the 2050 Paris Agreement necessitates a swift adoption of clean energy resources across all sectors; a transition that not only demands the rapid incorporation of renewable energy resources but also aims at the expansion of clean energy technologies as a key enabling factor facilitating low-CO2 energy systems and enabling the achievement of carbon neutrality in the coming decades.

This Special Issue specifically delves into the most recent research, case studies, and exemplary practices concerning the utilization of clean energy technologies across many diverse applications. It encompasses a range of methods, procedures, technologies, and energy conversion systems involved in the efficient and low-emission recovery, utilization, conversion, and storage of energy for heating, cooling, and power generation. The key themes of this Special Issue include, though are not restricted to, the following topics:

  • Hydrogen-based systems covering production, storage, transportation, dehydrogenation, and utilization;
  • Long duration thermo-mechanical energy storage solutions (Carnot batteries);
  • Highly efficient and cost-effective thermal energy storage technologies, including sensible heat, phase change materials, and thermo-chemical processes;
  • Carbon capture, storage, and utilization (CCSU) solutions;
  • Decarbonization of the cold supply chain (the cold economy);
  • Cogeneration and polygeneration plants with sustainable reduced CO2 impact;
  • Novel development and optimization of control strategies for district cooling and/or heating applications;
  • Energy planning, design, and operational optimization of decarbonized microgrids and decentralized polygeneration systems;
  • Renewable energy technologies and hybrid renewable energy systems;
  • Advanced cycles for waste heat and waste cold recovery for heating, cooling, and power (e.g., organic Rankine cycles);
  • High/medium/low-temperature heat pump technologies for heating, cooling, and decarbonization;
  • Reconversion of traditional power plants for grid energy storage;
  • Geothermal applications for direct conversion and for district heating and cooling configurations;
  • Desalination solutions for advanced energy systems;
  • Power-to-fuel technologies for the decarbonization of the heavy transport, shipping, and aviation sectors;
  • Sustainable development: evaluation of the social, economic, and environmental impacts of energy technologies;
  • Environmental life cycle assessment of sustainable energy systems.

Dr. Alessio Tafone
Dr. Davide Pivetta
Prof. Dr. Stefano Mazzoni
Guest Editors

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  • energy conversion
  • decarbonization
  • energy transition
  • cleaner technologies
  • energy efficiency
  • hydrogen
  • carbon capture
  • storage and utilization
  • electrical and thermal energy storage
  • energy planning
  • waste heat recovery
  • sustainable development
  • sustainable energy systems

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