Numerical and experimental analysis of conversion, storage and management of thermal energy


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According to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) net zero emissions forecast for 2050, the world is far from meeting the requirement to achieve net zero CO2 emissions by 2050. To improve the effective use of primary energy, increasing the proportion of renewable energy and improving the utilization efficiency of new energy have important social significance. The thermal energy utilization technology represented by heat storage improves the effective utilization of renewable energy, helps to improve energy efficiency, and has important value to increase the proportion of renewable energy, and has been widely studied and applied in many fields such as air conditioning, refrigeration, solar energy, and battery thermal management. This special issue focuses on the application of numerical methods in conversion, utilization and management of thermal energy and other related issues, aiming to make contributions to the effective utilization and conversion of thermal energy.

This special issue explores a range of topics related to the use of thermal energy, including its generation, conversion, storage, transmission, conservation, and management. Particular attention is paid to the development and optimization of heat storage technology using numerical approaches. There are a variety of technologies and solutions that can improve the heat transfer performance of heat storage technology. Emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary energy disciplines that involve advanced technologies and focus on one of the above methods: modeling and simulation, experimentation, analysis and optimization, and proper validation of research results. The overall goal of this special issue is to collect important research contributions and review papers with focus on the practical applications as well as scientific aspects. The special issue reports original, cutting-edge research with experimental, theoretical, and numerical results revealing relevant aspects of novel thermal energy utilization technologies to be considered. Some suggestions for future work are also put forward.


List of topic areas

Potential topics for this special issue include, but will not be limited to, the following topics:

  • Management, storage, and sustainability of thermal energy
  • Modeling of thermal energy efficient utilization system
  • Safety and environmental aspects of thermal energy utilization
  • Feasibility analysis of energy transition
  • Analysis and optimization of advanced thermal energy systems


Guest Editors

Xiaohu Yang
Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
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Bengt Sundén
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Moghtada Mobedi
Shizuoka University, Japan
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Key Deadlines

Closing date for manuscripts submission: 1 July 2024