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Sustainable and Renewable Thermal Energy Systems

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 547

Special Issue Editors

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Guest Editor
Department of Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Sharjah, Sharjah 27272, United Arab Emirates
Interests: renewable energy; solar energy; solar thermal energy systems; combined PV thermal systems; dust effect on solar systems; numerical modeling

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1. Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Research Group, Sustainable Energy and Power Systems Research Centre, Research Institute for Sciences and Engineering (RISE), University of Sharjah, Sharjah PO Box 27272, United Arab Emirates
2. Mechanical Power Engineering Department, Faculty of Energy Engineering, Aswan University, Aswan 81528, Egypt
Interests: heat transfer and electronics cooling; thermal sciences; microfluidic heat sinks; energy conversion; electronic packaging

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sustainable and renewable thermal energy systems have attracted the attention of energy professionals and researchers as efficient and sustainable solutions for heating, cooling and industrial process heating applications. These technologies are capable of delivering the required thermal energy at different temperature levels and can be adapted from small- to large-scale applications. However, low-efficiency thermal storage and the high cost of such devices are still challenging aspects that need more improvement and consideration. Furthermore, the application of optimization algorithms and artificial intelligence techniques in renewable thermal energy systems create the potential for improving the performance, prediction and system operation.

The current Special Issue seeks novel research on renewable thermal solutions, considered a state-of-the-art alternative for climate protection and reducing CO2 emissions. Contributions to this Special Issue are expected to address the most relevant challenges in renewable thermal systems in terms of performance, operation and cost. 

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. The main topics of interest for this Special Issue include but are not limited to:

  1. Renewable thermal solution for sustainable environment.
  2. Thermal energy storage systems.
  3. Recent progress in solar thermal technologies.
  4. Thermo-economic evaluation of renewable thermal technologies.
  5. Thermal energy integration and hybrid Approaches.
  6. Exergoeconomic analysis and optimization of thermal power plants.
  7. Artificial intelligence in renewable thermal technologies.
  8. Renewable energy systems for building heating and cooling.
  9. Phase change materials.
  10. Bio-inspired sustainable energy systems.
  11. Recent progress in biomass thermal technologies.
  12. Sustainable operation of geothermal power plants.
  13. Thermocline Alternatives.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Ahmed Amine Hachicha
Dr. Essam Abo-Zahhad
Guest Editors

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  • sustainability
  • thermal energy storage
  • solar thermal
  • biomass
  • hybrid system
  • optimization
  • artificial intelligence

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