Special Issue — Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Deadline of submission 30 September 2022 (closed).
About this Special Issue
Global warming and resources scarcity have been still the main issues that have been addressed nowadays in both, economical and scientific conferences, and meetings. Therefore, industrial activities and engineering communities start a new era of energy-efficient uses. Conventional energy sources such as coal and natural gas are huge contributors to climate change. Reliance on conventional energy sources exposes consumers to price fluctuations and harms our health and environment. The world has witnessed a significant shift towards the use of renewable energy resources over the past couple of decades due to the reason of continuous depletion of fossil fuels. Renewable energy is the way to reliable and clean power. It gives significant advantages for the climate, health, and economy. Wind and solar energy need no water to operate and hence do not pollute water. In contrast, conventional sources can have a substantial impact on water resources. Energy efficiency is also essential to combat climate change. It is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to combat climate change. 

We cordially invite you to submit your original contributions to this Special Issue, entitled: "Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy". The present Special Issue aims to collect innovative solutions and experimental research supported by appropriate modeling and design, but also state-of-the-art studies, in the following topics: 

  • Energy efficiency
  • Renewable power generation systems, e.g., wind, solar, and wave
  • Next generation renewable energy technologies
  • Renewable energy for sustainable development
  • Distributed energy systems and microgrids
  • Bioenergy and Biomass
  • Energy from waste
  • Hydrogen and fuel cells
  • Energy storage techniques, e.g., batteries, supercapacitor
  • Real-time control and optimization of integrated renewable energy systems
  • Energy storage processes modelling and optimization
  • Renewable energy modelling
  • Analysis, design, and optimization methods for integrated energy systems
  • New concepts in renewable energy systems, e.g., energy route, energy hub, and energy internet, and energy big data
Special Issue Editor
Hegazy Rezk
Hegazy Rezk
Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering - Wadi Aldwaser, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Wadi Aldwaser, Saudi Arabia
Research Keywords: renewable and sustainable energy; energy management; energy efficiency; modern optimization; modeling based on artificial intelligence
Submission Information
All the manuscripts submitted to this Special Issue must be within both the scope of this Special Issue and the journal.
Manuscripts should be submitted online (Click here to submit, registration and login required). All the manuscripts will undergo a rigorous single-blind peer-review process.
Please prepare your manuscript following the Instructions for Authors, and make sure it is submitted in grammatically correct English.
Please refer to the Editorial Process and Article Processing Charge for more information about manuscript process and publishing fees.
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Published Articles (3)
Review    8 August 2022
Ambe J. Njoh, Ijang B. Ngyah-Etchutambe, Fri C. Soh-Agwetang, Pascar T. Tah, Mah O. Tarke and Fotoh J. Asah
Highlights of Sustainability
Volume 1 (2022), Issue 3, pp. 159–170
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Article    11 July 2022
Peter Jean-Paul, Tek Tjing Lie, Timothy N. Anderson and Brice Vallès
Highlights of Sustainability
Volume 1 (2022), Issue 3, pp. 134–158
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Review    8 March 2022
Hwang Yi and Abhishek Mehrotra
Highlights of Sustainability
Volume 1 (2022), Issue 1, pp. 12–40
1488 Views656 Downloads
Review    8 March 2022
Hwang Yi and Abhishek Mehrotra
Sustainable buildings tend to maximize power and information rather than efficiency. The multidimensional concepts and tools provided by systems ecology and thermodynamics aid the understanding of building performance and sustainability as part of the global and Sustainable buildings tend to maximize power and information rather than efficiency. The multidimensional concepts and tools provided by systems ecology and thermodynamics aid the understanding of building performance and sustainability as part of the global and complex thermodynamic phenomena in living systems—energy is not concentrated, but it flows, increasing the flow rate of useful energy. From such an extended macroscopic perspective, this paper addresses holistic eco-systemic criteria of building performance evaluation, focusing on emergy (spelled with an “m”) and information—the two critical indices of extensive and intensive analysis. Emergy aggregates the utmost and upstream energetic impacts, whereas information evaluates the structural pattern of the energy-flow distribution. These indices are theoretically correlated under the principles of ecological energy transformation and are often practically compatible. To clarify the definitions and appropriate scientific contexts of the new indices for environmental building studies, we review information theory, ecological theorems, and a few pioneering studies. Emergy and information have a great potential for advanced environmental building analysis, but building-scale implementation of emergy, information, and system principles remains a scientific challenge. The findings call for further research into the improvement of building-specific emergy/information data and reliable evidence of the analogy between building and open living systems. or Access Full Article
Highlights of Sustainability
Volume 1 (2022), Issue 1, pp. 12–40
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