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Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning, and Policy

Call for Papers | Deadline: 31 December, 2019

Special Issue on Dispatchable RES and Flexibility in High RES Penetration Scenarios: Solutions for Further Deployment

Through the Paris Agreement, Parties to the UNFCCC have reached a landmark agreement to combat climate change, by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit this temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. In line with the Paris Agreement, the European Union has set itself an ambitious long-term goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% (in comparison to 1990 levels) by 2050. Combating climate change within the above framework calls for a wide scale deployment of renewable energy technologies (RETs).

Although the contribution of renewable energy sources (RES) in the electricity mix has significantly increased, the focus has been on intermittent RETs, whereas the required system flexibility is (mainly) provided by conventional power plants. In a decarbonised power system, this flexibility would have to be provided by RES-electricity (RES-e), increasing significantly the market value of dispatchable RES. Such currently available RETs include (among others) Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) with storage, hydropower, hybrid power systems and biomass. All these technologies can provide dispatchable power, as they have some kind of energy storage, e.g. dam, battery or thermal storage.

The significant challenges that dispatchable RES-e face in high RES penetration scenarios, originate from the fact that the increased electricity system services offered by these RETs (e.g. intraday, balancing, ancillary services etc.), are not expressed in monetary terms and thus are not taken into account in their revenue streams. Therefore, market & regulatory adaptations could drive the market uptake of dispatchable RETs.

This special issue is devoted to the latest developments in the field of dispatchable RES-e in terms of economics, policy & planning, and aims to provide valuable insights into the most effective solutions towards high RES penetration scenarios. We, therefore, seek high-quality papers that will contribute to the analysis of the drivers and barriers regarding dispatchable RETs in high RES-e penetration scenarios as well as the role that policy support, market design and geopolitics can play in their further deployment.

Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning, and Policy

Energy Sources, Part B looks to publish articles that showcase the current uncertainty regarding the prospects of different technology options, and to highlight both current advancements and needs for further research and demonstration.

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Submissions guidelines

All manuscripts will undergo a double-blind peer-review process and need to adhere to the journal’s formatting guidelines. Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided in the Instructions for Authors webpage.

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Important dates

The call for manuscripts is open. Please kindly note that review process starts immediately after the submission of a manuscript. In this respect, authors are encouraged to submit at their earlier convenience.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31st December 2019

Dr. Alexandra Papadopoulou, University of Piraeus, Greece (alexpapa@unipi.gr)

Dr. Pablo Del Rio, Spanish National Research Council, Spain (pablo.delrio@csic.es)

Dr. Nicolas Calvet, Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates (nicolas.calvet@ku.ac.ae)