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Smart Charging and Grid Integration for Sustainable Electric Transportation

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2025 | Viewed by 607

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Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Split, 21000 Split, Croatia
Interests: power system modelling and optimization; electric vehicle integration; renewable energy integration; electricity markets; mathematical programming
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Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Split, 21000 Split, Croatia
Interests: power system modelling and optimization; electricity markets; microgrids; mathematical programming; machine learning in power systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue explores cutting-edge research and developments in the field of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, focusing on the EV charging station (EVCS) optimal power supply, energy management, and the integration of renewable energy sources and a battery storage system into the charging process. The primary objective is to address various aspects of EV charging, such as smart charging (V1G), Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G), Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle-to-Building (V2B), and Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) operations as well as the effect of such operations on Levelized Cost of Charging (LCC) reduction through optimal power supply and charging management. In addition to this, this Special Issue will cover topics related to various methods for EV charging pricing, the implementation of mathematical programming and machine learning techniques in smart EV charging, as well additional stream of profits for charging station owners through ancillary service provision. These topics play a crucial role in shaping the future of sustainable transportation and ensuring efficient utilization of power supply resources and the power grid.

By exploring diverse topics, this Special Issue aspires to provide a comprehensive understanding of the evolving landscape of EV charging infrastructure and contribute valuable insights to facilitate the transition toward sustainable and grid-integrated transportation. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Optimal charging station power supply and energy management;
  • Advance bidirectional electric vehicle energy management strategies (V2G, V2B, V2H, V2V);
  • Utilization of EVs as flexible assets for enhanced grid ancillary services;
  • Strategies for integrating renewable energy sources into eV charging infrastructure;
  • Development of EV charging pricing models and their effect on grid operation;
  • Solutions for mitigating congestion and optimizing grid utilization;
  • Implementation of mathematical programming in smart charging;
  • Machine learning applications in EV charging—operation optimization and forecasting;
  • Future prospects and policy implications.

You may choose our Joint Special Issue in Energies.

Prof. Dr. Damir Jakus
Dr. Josip Vasilj
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • charging station power supply
  • charging management
  • V2B, V2H, V2V, V2G, V2X
  • ancillary service provision
  • grid integration
  • charging pricing models
  • machine learning in EV load forecasting and charging control
  • RES energy management
  • modelling and control
  • mathematical programming
  • reinforcement learning
  • capacity allocation

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Numerical Simulation of a Thermal Management System Using Composite Flame-Retardant Resin and Its Effect on Battery Life Span
by Florin Mariasiu, Ioan Szabo and Thomas I. C. Buidin
Sustainability 2024, 16(9), 3702; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16093702 - 28 Apr 2024
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One of the obstacles to the adoption of electric vehicles as a future pollution-free transport solution is that the energy sources (batteries) have not yet become sustainable through a long-life span under the specific operating conditions. The problem that arises is that high [...] Read more.
One of the obstacles to the adoption of electric vehicles as a future pollution-free transport solution is that the energy sources (batteries) have not yet become sustainable through a long-life span under the specific operating conditions. The problem that arises is that high temperatures inside the batteries represent a safety risk and have negative effects on the battery life span, which imposes the use of thermal management systems. The present article aims to analyze, by numerical methods, the effect of the use of a fireproof composite resin on the efficiency of the thermal management system, specifically on the degree of battery sustainability (measured by the effect on the life span). Five constructive variants are proposed and thermally analyzed. Based on the measured temperatures, the intensity of the chemical reactions that occur in a 18650-type Li-ion cell was calculated, and conclusions related to the impact on the life span were drawn. It has been found that the use of a fireproof composite resin leads to an increased heat transmission towards the outer environment and an increase in the life span by 22.2% compared to that noted for conventional air cooling. The results also recommend the use of heat exchangers associated with flame retardant resins, which leads to a 20.6% improvement in the heat transfer capacity of the battery’s thermal management system. When comparing the solutions in which the flame-retardant resin is used, the results show that adding 3 wt.% of nanomaterial leads to a significant life span increase of 11.7% when compared to the results for the resin-only case. Full article
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