About this Research Topic
Small islands and remote mainland areas face common challenges in terms of energy independence, security of supply and system stability. As a result, many islands have become sites of energy innovation, where betting on Renewable Energy Sources (RES) has been proven to be a winning choice to meet their energy needs. In this framework, renewable energies play a key role for supporting the transition of small islands to an autonomous, cleaner and low-carbon energy system, in line with the overall EU Energy Union package and EU2030 goals.
This Research Topic focuses on smart energy systems in small islands and remote areas, including, but not limited to:
- Installation of storage systems or RES generators in insular grids;
- Potential synergies that can be obtained by coupling different energy sectors such as transport, heating and water production;
- Grid flexibility enhancement for increasing the potential RES penetration without compromising the island electric grid;
- Synergies between different energy consuming sectors trough power-to-X solutions. Where X stands for i) transport through the use of Electric Vehicles (EVs), ii) heating by means of Heat Pumps (HPs) and iii) hydrogen produced by electrolysis used in Fuel-cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) or in Hydrogen Compressed and Natural Gas (HCNG) blend fuelled buses in the public transportation sector.
- other topics not mentioned but related to these areas.
We welcome submissions of original research papers, reviews , data reports, perspectives and policy briefs on related economic and environmental aspects, innovative market schemes able to trigger the above-mentioned solutions, and also the cascade effect that RES investments could have on island communities.
Keywords: renewable energy, storage systems, sustainable mobility, small islands, remote areas
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