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Recent Technological Advancements Driving Sustainable Development in Flexible and Resilient Power and Energy Systems

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2024 | Viewed by 571

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Instituto de Energía Eléctrica (IEE), Universidad Nacional de San Juan (UNSJ) and Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), San Juan J5400, Argentina
Interests: modeling; simulation; and control of electric power systems; energy efficiency; power electronics and electric drives; smart grid and microgrid technologies; renewable energy and energy storage

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Instituto de Energía Eléctrica (IEE), Universidad Nacional de San Juan (UNSJ) and Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), San Juan J5400, Argentina
Interests: modeling, simulation, and control of electric power systems; energy efficiency; smart grid and microgrid technologies; renewable energy and energy storage

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The global energy sector is transforming profoundly and rapidly, presenting unprecedented challenges and opportunities. Meeting the increasing electricity demand sustainably poses multifaceted complexities and the transition towards a cleaner and more sustainable energy model encourages the restructuring of the global energy system, driven by key factors such as decarbonization, decentralization, and digitalization. This revolution is supported by technological innovation, including the integration of large-scale and new small-scale renewable energy technologies (solar energy, wind power, hydropower, geothermal energy, biomass, and wave and tidal power), power electronics systems, energy storage, electric vehicles, and electricity demand management.

The complexity of modern power systems makes their optimal operation and control a very challenging task, driving advanced solutions such as smart grids and microgrids. Most of the generating technologies are partially dispatchable and insufficiently predictable in the short term. This increases system requirements in terms of balancing supply and demand growth, further challenging the operating security of power systems. In this context, technological solutions with exceptional capabilities and novel approaches are key to contributing to the sustainable development of resilient power and energy systems, including energy storage technologies, power electronics systems, integration of electric vehicles, demand-side management, and the development of electricity markets. This Special Issue covers these promising and dynamic research areas, aiming to gather high-quality contributions highlighting the challenges, recent advancements, and innovative solutions for flexible and resilient renewable energy-based power and energy systems.

Prof. Dr. Marcelo Gustavo Molina
Dr. Maximiliano Martinez
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Keywords

  • integration and operation of renewable energy sources (rES)
  • solar energy
  • wind power
  • hydropower
  • geothermal energy
  • biomass
  • wave and tidal energy
  • microgrids and smart grids
  • distributed generation
  • advanced infrastructure and power electronics facilities
  • flexible AC transmission systems (FACTS)
  • energy storage
  • electric vehicles (EVs)
  • modeling and simulation of power systems
  • demand-side management
  • power system planning
  • reliability and resilience
  • electricity markets
  • application of artificial intelligence (AI) in power systems

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15 pages, 1431 KiB  
Article
Synergistic Integration of EVs and Renewable DGs in Distribution Micro-Grids
by Mahmoud Ghofrani
Sustainability 2024, 16(10), 3939; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16103939 - 8 May 2024
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Abstract
This paper proposes a multi-objective optimization framework for safe, reliable, and economic integration of electric vehicles (EVs) and renewable distributed generators (DGs) in distribution micro-grids. EV and DG coordination optimization with the use of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology along with system reconfiguration optimization is [...] Read more.
This paper proposes a multi-objective optimization framework for safe, reliable, and economic integration of electric vehicles (EVs) and renewable distributed generators (DGs) in distribution micro-grids. EV and DG coordination optimization with the use of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology along with system reconfiguration optimization is developed to provide collective revenues and address integrational complications that may occur by additional system loading due to EV charging and EV-DG energy exchanges. A Genetic Algorithm (GA) optimizes the EV charging/discharging in synergies with renewable DGs to maximize benefits that can be captured by their collaborative participation in electricity market and through renewable energy arbitrage. The developed EV charging/discharging optimization is implemented in a real 134-bus distribution network and is evaluated for its potential operational implications, namely, increased system losses. A system reconfiguration is then proposed to reduce the system losses by optimizing the flow of power through switching on/off the connections within the micro-grid and/or with other distribution systems. Simulation results demonstrate the efficiency of the proposed method in not only providing collective revenues, but also in enhancing the system operation by reducing the losses of the distribution grid. The collective benefits proposed by the developed optimization and validated by the simulation results facilitate transitioning to clean and eco-friendly sources of energy for generation and transportation, which in turn leads to more sustainable development of societies and communities. Full article
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