About this Research Topic
The challenges of the global energy shortage, including the limited supply of fossil-fuel sources, and their harmful environmental impacts drives the need for scaling up of renewable-sourced power generation. However, the fluctuating availability and relatively high capital cost of maintenance and installation make renewable-energy devices less competitive in the energy market. Energy storage and thermal management technologies continue to be identified as the main paths to follow for increasing the share of renewable-sourced energy in the global energy mix. These technologies are effective at stabilizing the energy supply, enhancing the system balances, shifting the peak load, and reducing the operation costs of renewable-energy generation systems.
This Research Topic is intended to serve as an interdisciplinary platform for scientists and researchers to publish their original research, new developments, and case studies in the field of thermal energy storage and management with a special emphasis being given to contributions reporting cost-effective, durable, and efficient operation of renewable energy systems. Contributions that deal with thermal storage system designs, operating strategies, and materials including their existing and future applications are particularly encouraged.
This Research Topic covers the storage and management of energy in thermal form, for addressing the imbalance between the generation and consumption of energy, particularly in the field of renewable energy utilization. Articles reporting advances in development, operation, performance, optimization, management, and sustainability of thermal storage systems and materials are welcome. Examples of such topics include:
· Material characteristics, operating strategies, and integration schemes of thermal storage equipment for heat and power generation from renewable energy sources for uses in households and industry.
· Sizing, control, and optimization of thermal storage systems to increase the efficiency, comfort, and affordability of the commercial and residential buildings.
· Science, technology, and applications of phase-change materials for management of heat and regulation of operating temperature in portable electronic components.
· The passive improvement of heat transfer in thermal energy storage units such as nano-enhanced phase-change material, nano-encapsulated phase-change material, metal foam, extended surfaces, and fins.
Keywords: Thermal Energy Storage, Storage Materials, Thermal Management, Renewable Energy
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