About this Research Topic
Multi-generation makes reference to energy systems that generate simultaneously multiple outputs from a single energy source. The intention of multi-generation is to boost the use of primary resources and diminish the wasted energy. This approach is a way to enhance the performance of energy production systems for greater sustainability. To generate a specified amount of thermal energy and electricity, integrated multi-generation energy systems consume less fuel compared to conventional and separate processes. Multi-generation systems can provide two or more outputs, such as electricity, cooling, heating, hydrogen, drinking water, and any other useful commodities. Such approaches offer a broad variety of benefits, including better performance, better environmental characteristics, better resource utilization, better cost-effectiveness, and therefore better sustainability when compared to multiple single generation plants.
With worldwide energy demand increasing, and the consequences of meeting supply with current dependency on fossil fuels, investigating and developing sustainable alternatives to conventional energy systems is a growing concern for global stakeholders. Thus, researchers and designers have been encouraged to consider multi-generation energy systems. There are many metrics that can be applied to assess multi-generation energy systems, including plant efficiency, thermal losses and waste products, operating costs, greenhouse gas emissions, resource utilization, length of transmission lines, number of distribution units, number of generation options, degree of reliability, and resilience.
This Research Topic covers this promising research area and will make contributions regarding the role of multigeneration energy systems for better sustainability. Submissions are encouraged in the following specific areas or related themes for multi-generation energy systems:
· Systems modelling and simulation of multi-generation energy systems,
· Lifecycle cost/environmental assessments,
· Techno-economic aspects,
· Evaluation of exergy-based methods,
· System’s optimization using artificial intelligence,
· Use of renewable and non-renewable energy as the primary energy source.
We welcome Original Research papers, Reviews, and Brief Research Reports as article types for this collection.
Keywords: Multigeneration Energy Systems, Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Energy Technologies, Cost-effective Energy Systems, Optimal Energy Systems
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