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Integration of Renewable Energy in Buildings for Sustainable Development

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2022) | Viewed by 4449

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1. CSIR-Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee 247667, India
2. Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), Ghaziabad 201002, India
Interests: utilization of solar thermal energy; heat transfer; solar air heater; heat storage; heat transfer enhancement; computational fluid dynamics (CFD); particle image velocimetry (PIV)

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Faculty of Engineering, University of Rijeka, 51000 Rijeka, Croatia
Interests: thermodynamics; heat and mass transfer; heat exchangers; energy efficiency; building energy analysis; renewable energy; energy conversion and management
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Interests: iron & steelmaking process modeling; 3D Printing; welding simulation; interfacial tension; computational fluid dynamics; heat & mass transfer Simulation

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Dear Colleagues,

We have proposed a Special Issue that may be of interest to you based on your work in the field. As Guest Editors, we cordially invite you to submit a manuscript to the Special Issue “Integration of Renewable Energy in Buildings for Sustainable Development“ to be published in Sustainability (ISSN2071-1050. IF: 3.251), an international, open access journal on all aspects of sustainability and published online by MDPI. The scope of the Special Issue is the Development of Renewable Energy Sources, Performance of Renewable Energy Sources, Integration in Exiting Buildings, and Design Consideration in Buildings for Zero Carbon Emissions.

The sustainability assessment of buildings is becoming necessary for sustainable development, especially in the global construction sector. The main goals of sustainable design are to reduce depletion of critical resources such as energy, water, and raw materials; prevent environmental degradation caused by facilities and infrastructure throughout their lifecycle; and create built environments that are safe, productive, and effectively utilize water and solar energy.

Renewable energy technologies have wide ranging benefits, including economic development and job creation, national security, price stability, and environmental improvement. There is a pressing need to expand the use of onsite renewable energy sources in buildings. In exploring the use of off-site or on-site renewable energy sources for building utilization, designers and decision-makers should take on a number of challenges, such as satisfying the power requirements for buildings, the development of renewable energy sources, and integrating renewable energy with the least possible upgrade costs.

The scope of this Special Issue is to publish novel studies for optimizing the integration of on-site/off-site renewable energy generation and integration in existing/new buildings that overcomes the current limitations while also reducing CO2 emissions.

As the title explains, the aim of the Special Issue is to identify a pathway to the utilization of renewable energy in buildings to achieve low-carbon energy use, and the scope includes: solar energy, wind energy, ocean energy, biomass, biogas, hydro power, etc.

Dr. Tabish Alam
Dr. Paolo Blecich
Dr. Md Irfanul Haque Siddiqui
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Keywords

  • smart grid
  • renewable energy
  • green buildings
  • sustainable
  • renewable energy sources development

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Reinforced Concrete Wind Turbine Towers: Damage Mode and Model Testing
by Xinyong Xu, Jinchang Liang, Wenjie Xu, Rui Liang, Jun Li and Li Jiang
Sustainability 2022, 14(8), 4410; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14084410 - 7 Apr 2022
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This study investigates the complex load-bearing mechanism of the reinforced concrete tower of large wind turbines through a structural model test. MTS electro-hydraulic servo loading system was used to load two reinforced concrete tower models for the push-out test. The ultimate bearing capacity [...] Read more.
This study investigates the complex load-bearing mechanism of the reinforced concrete tower of large wind turbines through a structural model test. MTS electro-hydraulic servo loading system was used to load two reinforced concrete tower models for the push-out test. The ultimate bearing capacity of the reinforced concrete tower was found to be 8.894 kN. The test findings revealed that the top of the tower is subjected to unilateral shear as the horizontal load increases. As a result, the concrete strain in the compression zone of the test piece increases to its highest level in the bottom plastic hinge area. The concrete in the compression zone is being crushed in the meantime. The reinforcement achieves its yield point and deforms within the range of plastic failure when subjected to extreme loads. The outcomes of this study serve as a foundation for the running of wind turbines in extreme conditions. Full article
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Assessment of State-Space Building Energy System Models in Terms of Stability and Controllability
by V. S. K. V. Harish, Arun Kumar, Tabish Alam and Paolo Blecich
Sustainability 2021, 13(21), 11938; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132111938 - 28 Oct 2021
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Building energy management system involves the development of control strategies for the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC), as well as lighting, systems. Building energy modeling is a significant part of designing such strategies. In order to analyze the feasibility of a building energy [...] Read more.
Building energy management system involves the development of control strategies for the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC), as well as lighting, systems. Building energy modeling is a significant part of designing such strategies. In order to analyze the feasibility of a building energy system model for any desired control strategy, a mathematical assessment tool is developed in this paper. A multi-input multi-output (MIMO) building energy system model, consisting of an outdoor wall, an external wall, two partition walls, one roof, and a ceiling, has been considered as the virtual test setup. A methodology for conducting stability and controllability assessment tests on the building energy model is proposed using inverse dynamics input theory (IDIT). IDIT enables the decoupling of control variables so as to enable the conversion of an MIMO system to a number of independent single-input single-output systems. The controllability is assessed based on the design properties for continuous systems: asymptotes and transmission zeros. The results show that the relative humidity and air temperature of the building space were controllable for all operating points; however, in unconditioned situations, where the humidity levels of the building space were greater than that of the outdoor levels, the models were unstable. Full article
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