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Sustainability in the Development of Renewable Energy Technologies and Thermal Engineering

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 August 2024 | Viewed by 147

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The School of Industrial, Aerospace and Audiovisual Engineering of Terrassa (ESEIAAT), Terrassa, Spain
Interests: heat transfer; numerical simulation; energy; thermal engineering; numerical modeling; solar energy; heat exchangers; fluid mechanics; experimental fluid mechanics; mechanical engineering

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

To achieve the goal of carbon emission neutrality, renewable energy technologies will play a central role in the coming decades. The implementation of renewable energy technologies is a multidisciplinary engineering challenge, and thermal engineering is one of the most relevant areas for exploration. Thermal engineering problems are present in the thermal management of PV installations, wind turbine nacelles, bio and synthetic fuel production with renewables, etc. Moreover, in the case of renewable energy thermal systems, thermal engineering is even more relevant, e.g., solar thermal energy, geothermal, ground source, biomass, etc., used in power cycles or heat conversion. Especially significant are technologies linked to energy storage due to the inherent intermittent nature of renewable resources.

Therefore, this Special Issue, entitled "Sustainability in the Development of Renewable Energy Technologies and Thermal Engineering", is devoted to publishing scholarly papers associated with thermal engineering problems to be solved for the deployment of renewable energy systems (RES) and compiling cutting-edge research involving new ideas for increasing efficiency at the component or system level to achieve mainly energetic and economic benefits, i.e., decrease the levelized cost of energy (LCOE).

For this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Thermal management of RES: PV, wind turbines, bio and synthetic fuel production, solar thermal, geothermal, ground source, biomass, etc.
  • Thermal engineering problems related to the integration of energy storage systems with RES: electrochemical batteries, thermal and thermochemical energy storage devices, H2 storage systems (by compression/liquefaction, sorption technologies, and so on), etc.
  • Case Studies that explain the lessons learned from the new implementation of RES systems related to thermal engineering. Industrial cases will be especially welcome.
  • Energetic optimization by means of based on first and second thermodynamic principles.
  • Innovative control strategies related to thermal management to improve energy efficiency.
  • CAPEX and OPEX reduction of RES systems via energy efficiency improvements or component reduction.
  • Levelized cost of energy (LCOE) calculations for new implementations of RES systems.
  • Thermal studies related to innovations in the design of RES components to reduce carbon emissions via new materials, processes, etc.

I look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Jesús Castro
Guest Editor

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • sustainable energy system
  • renewable energy technology
  • energy economics
  • thermal engineering of res
  • thermal engineering of the integration of res with energy storage systems
  • innovative manufacturing methods for res components
  • industrial energy case studies
  • energetic optimization
  • thermal management control strategy
  • capex and opex reduction
  • levelized cost of energy (LCOE) calculations
  • life cycle assessment

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