special sessions


Special Session title: Energy transition for sustainable development and energy sector decarbonization.

Francesco Calise, University of Naples Federico I, Italy
Francesco Liberato Cappiello, University of Naples Federico I, Italy
Maria Vicidomini, University of Naples Federico I, Italy
Fontina Petrapokolou, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

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Session summary:

In recent years, more and more attention has been paid to the energy conversion issue. The effects of greenhouse gas emissions on the climate are more alarming than ever. As the demand for energy is ever increasing, the optimization of energy systems is mandatory to address the climate change issue. Therefore, the development of ever more efficient technologies is urgent to achieve the target of decarbonization, expected by 2050. In the past few years, the development of renewables is also driven by the continuous increase cost of fossil fuels, mainly due the war in Ukraine.

In the transition period, the smart energy networks can be developed by combining several energy technologies for energy production, storage, and utilization, and including a plurality of energy producers, users, and prosumers. At the same time, the massive and uncontrolled use of renewable energy technologies can lead to several severe issues in the grids management. Thus, the implementation of suitable energy planning strategies is also crucial to find a balance between energy supply and demand. Simultaneously, the development of efficient and cost-effective energy storage technologies is crucial to promote a massive utilization of renewable energy sources. In this context, this Special Session aims at collecting the most significant and recent studies dealing with the following topics not limited to:

  •  Dynamic simulations of energy systems

  •  Power to X systems for multigeneration

  •  Green hydrogen production

  •  Biocircular economic approach based on organic wastes

  •  Renewable energy communities

  •  Polygeneration plants based on renewable energy sources for micro-grids or energy networks

  •  Innovative technologies for electric and thermal energy storages

  •  Thermally and electrically driven water desalination

  •  Energy planning

  •  4th and 5th generation district heating and cooling networks fed by renewables technologies

  •  Novel and advanced control strategies or solutions aiming at avoiding grid unbalancing and overvoltage

  •  Energy efficiency in transport sector (including biofuels and electric vehicles)

  •  Biofuel production for decarbonization of the transport sector

  •  Innovative renewable energy systems (solar technologies, wind turbines, geothermal wells, biomass, wave, hydropower plants)

  •  Net or Plus Zero Energy Buildings

  •  Economic assessment and funding policies