About this Research Topic
Insular energy systems constitute a field of particular scientific interest for the application of electricity and thermal energy production technologies based on the exploitation of renewable energy sources (RES). This is because of all the peculiarities and sensitivities imposed precisely due to the attribute of insularity, as well as because islands, due to their size, constitute excellent fields for the application of pilot and innovative technologies.
The European Commission, having considered the difficulties and the importance of successful application of energy transition in insular systems established in 2018 the initiative “Clean Energy for E.U. Islands”, aiming to support local communities to approach energy transition with the most effective and rational way.
This Research Topic aims to gather the most recent advancements on new technological achievements, the synthesis, the study, the dynamic simulation, the dimensioning and the grid integration on advanced hybrid power plants and smart grid applications, designed and developed particularly for insular systems. Articles referring to all the above topics for a series of alternative technical implementations can be involved in this Research Topic: combined operation of RES and energy storage technologies, new technological advancements on storage technologies, new technologies for harvesting RES, combined power and heat cogeneration systems, smart grids operation concepts and technological advancements, data and experience gathered from already operating systems are only indicatively mentioned as potential topics.
Beyond the technical aspect, this Research Topic aims to approach energy policy and environmental issues regarding the introduction of RES systems in sensitive insular communities. The active participation of local communities, the impact of irrational design and development of projects in sensitive insular ecosystems and human environments, the potential contribution of RES projects on the local social and economic development.
In this way, the current Research Topic anticipates to present an integrative and complete series of articles on the rational and effective development of RES projects in insular systems.
Keywords: Hybrid Power Plants, Smart Grids, Energy Policy, Large RES Penetration, Insular Grids
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