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Energy Economy and Sustainable Energy

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 21 September 2024 | Viewed by 4299

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Dear Colleagues,

The availability of clean and sustainable energy on a large scale is a challenge in terms of common economic factors such as the cost and security of supply. The rapid development of renewable energies and their increased market penetration makes it increasingly necessary to look at them from an economic perspective.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to contribute to the encounter between research from technological fields and that coming from economics. In this way, the Issue intends to specify the most relevant technical, regulatory, and economic aspects to achieve clean and sustainable energy, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations: specifically, Goal 7, "clean and sustainable energy".

This call for papers seeks high-quality research and review articles to expand the above issues through local, regional and global perspectives.

Issues of interest for this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Renewable energies;
  • Energy efficiency;
  • Large-scale deployment of renewable energy sources;
  • New business models;
  • Remuneration of renewable production;
  • Self-consumption and the role of prosumers.

Dr. Esteban Sánchez Hernández
Dr. Javier Parra Domínguez
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Keywords

  • renewable energy
  • energy efficiency
  • prosumer
  • energy economy
  • power markets
  • costs

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Study on Spatial-Temporal Disparities and Factors Influencing Electricity Consumption Carbon Emissions in China
by Pinjie Xie, Sheng Wang, Jie Liao and Feihu Sun
Sustainability 2024, 16(10), 4128; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16104128 - 15 May 2024
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Investigating the factors influencing the spatial-temporal disparities in China’s electricity consumption carbon emissions (ECCEs) will be of great help to advancing the reduction in carbon emissions on the consumption side of electricity. Based on the measurement of the ECCEs in 30 Chinese provinces [...] Read more.
Investigating the factors influencing the spatial-temporal disparities in China’s electricity consumption carbon emissions (ECCEs) will be of great help to advancing the reduction in carbon emissions on the consumption side of electricity. Based on the measurement of the ECCEs in 30 Chinese provinces between 2005 and 2021, we utilized the natural breakpoint method and the Dagum Gini coefficient to analyze the spatial-temporal disparities in ECCEs at the provincial and regional levels, and then we used Geodetector to explore the factors influencing the spatial-temporal disparities in ECCEs. The results revealed the following: (1) There were obvious inter-provincial spatial disparities in ECCEs, with coastal provinces such as Jiangsu and Guangdong consistently ranking at the top of the country and inland provinces such as Qinghai and Yunnan having relatively low carbon emission values. (2) The overall disparities in China’s ECCEs fluctuated and rose, with inter-regional disparities being the primary source of the overall disparities. (3) Economic development, industrialization level, population density, and foreign direct investment all had strong explanations for the spatial-temporal disparities in China’s ECCEs. When all these influencing factors were spatially superimposed, their effects were enhanced. Full article
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Profitability Model of Green Hydrogen Production on an Existing Wind Power Plant Location
by Andrea Dumančić, Nela Vlahinić Lenz and Lahorko Wagmann
Sustainability 2024, 16(4), 1424; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16041424 - 8 Feb 2024
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This paper presents a new economic profitability model for a power-to-gas plant producing green hydrogen at the site of an existing wind power plant injected into the gas grid. The model is based on a 42 MW wind power plant, for which an [...] Read more.
This paper presents a new economic profitability model for a power-to-gas plant producing green hydrogen at the site of an existing wind power plant injected into the gas grid. The model is based on a 42 MW wind power plant, for which an optimal electrolyzer of 10 MW was calculated based on the 2500 equivalent full load hours per year and the projection of electricity prices. The model is calculated on an hourly level for all variables of the 25 years of the model. With the calculated breakeven electricity price of 74.23 EUR/MWh and the price of green hydrogen production of 99.44 EUR/MWh in 2045, the wind power plant would produce 22,410 MWh of green hydrogen from 31% of its total electricity production. Green hydrogen injected into the gas system would reduce the level of CO2 emissions by 4482 tons. However, with the projected prices of natural gas and electricity, the wind power plant would cover only 20% of the income generated by the electricity delivered to the grid by producing green hydrogen. By calculating different scenarios in the model, the authors concluded that the introduction of a premium subsidy model is necessary to accelerate deployment of electrolyzers at the site of an existing wind power plant in order to increase the wind farm profitability. Full article
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The Prosumer: A Systematic Review of the New Paradigm in Energy and Sustainable Development
by Javier Parra-Domínguez, Esteban Sánchez and Ángel Ordóñez
Sustainability 2023, 15(13), 10552; https://doi.org/10.3390/su151310552 - 4 Jul 2023
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The deployment of distributed and affordable renewable energy has led to the development of the prosumer concept in the field of energy. To better understand its relevance and to analyse the main trends and research developments, a systematic literature review was performed. This [...] Read more.
The deployment of distributed and affordable renewable energy has led to the development of the prosumer concept in the field of energy. To better understand its relevance and to analyse the main trends and research developments, a systematic literature review was performed. This work gathered 1673 articles related to this topic that were analysed following the PRISMA methodology with the help of VOSviewer 1.6.18 bibliometric software. These papers are classified into four clusters: smart grids, microgrids, peer to peer networks, and prosumers. The first two clusters show a certain degree of maturity, while the latter maintain a growing interest. The analysis of the articles provides a broad view of the prosumer’s role in energy and its potential, which is not limited to simple energy exchanges. Furthermore, this systematic review highlights the challenges, not only technical but also in terms of electricity market design and social aspects. The latter require further research, as society is undergoing a paradigm shift in the way in which energy is produced and used. How this shift occurred will determine whether it can lead to true prosumer empowerment and a fairer energy transition. Full article
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