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Synergic Integration of Electric Vehicles, Renewable Energy, and Storage Systems into Smart Grids

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2025 | Viewed by 181

Special Issue Editors

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Department of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering, University of Bologna, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Interests: electric vehicles; smart charging; photovoltaic systems; battery energy storage systems; energy management systems; eV load and pV forecasting

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Energy systems are experiencing an evolution towards new planning and management paradigms, among which the integration of energy networks is poised to be a pivotal factor in securing a sustainable energy future and facilitating urban development. Within this framework, electric vehicles (EVs) play a significant role in promoting sustainable mobility. The transition from internal combustion engines to electric propulsion makes it possible for a significant portion of transportation energy, traditionally sourced from fossil fuels, to be generated from renewables such as solar and wind power. Furthermore, the energy for EV charging could also be generated at a local level through distributed power plants, such as photovoltaic systems, reducing the dependence on external sources and increasing the system’s self-consumption. However, replacing conventional vehicles with EVs would increase peak demand, forcing a relevant rethinking of the generation and distribution system. A similar concern is caused by the intermittent nature of renewable energy sources (RESs), whose power generation strongly depends on the availability of the primary source and cannot usually provide the control and regulation services that conventional sources can. Intermittent power injection together with localized EV charging peaks might even lead to the nonoptimal utilization of conventional plannable power sources for grid-supporting operation. Since conventional generation methods are fossil-fuel-reliant, this phenomenon contrasts with the green policy that characterizes RES and EV development. To address these challenges and avoid costly measures, a crucial imperative is the synergic integration of EVs, RESs, and storage systems for the evolution of future smart grids.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome and research areas may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Forecasting methods for EV charging demand and RES power generation;
  • Sizing methods of PV + storage systems to support charging hub power demand;
  • Energy management systems (EMSs) for efficient monitoring and control of power flows at EV charging hubs with photovoltaic sources and storage systems;
  • Smart charging and vehicle-to-X (V2X) techniques for EV integration into smart grids;
  • Tariff options and regulatory frameworks to foster demand-side management and self-dispatching operations;
  • Provision of power network emergency services from microgrids, including intentional and dynamic islanding, black start, counterfeeding, and grid-forming capabilities.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Mattia Ricco
Dr. Francesco Lo Franco
Prof. Dr. Juan C. Vasquez
Guest Editors

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  • electric vehicles
  • renewable sources
  • energy management systems
  • smart charging
  • storage systems
  • smart grid
  • energy community

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