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Track SS1: Multi-Energy Systems

Track SS1: Multi-Energy Systems

Multi-Energy Systems to Facilitate Low-Carbon Energy Transition

Countries worldwide are making efforts to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate climate change by adopting renewable energy sources. Governments have set ambitious targets for carbon reduction, to achieve net-zero emissions by mid-century. This transition is driven by the growing awareness of the need for sustainable energy sources and the impacts of traditional fossil fuels on the environment. The increasing penetration level of variable renewable energy sources, strict targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the requirements for improving system security and reliability call for significant changes in our energy systems. The integration of multiple energy carriers such as electricity, heat, cooling, and natural gas through multi-energy networks is a promising alternative during the lowcarbon energy transition. These networks offer a unified platform to incorporate various advanced energy technologies, including renewables, cogeneration, P2X, electric vehicles, and energy storage. The synergies between energy supply networks have a great potential to provide flexible integration, reduce dependence on high-carbon energy carriers, and increase the entire system’s energy efficiency. However, the design, optimization, and operation ofsuch systems presentn significant challenges due to their complexity, uncertainty, and variability. To advance research and development in this promising and dynamic area, this Special Session callsfor papers that focus on the low-carbon energy transition in multienergy systems. We welcome contributions that demonstrate the potential of multi-energy systems to improve energy efficiency, enhance energy security and resilience, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Track SS2: Mining Decarbonization

Energy Technologies for Mining Decarbonization

Mining will be a key part of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, for many reasons. The global demand for mining commodities is undergoing significant structural changes. While the share of combustible fossil fuels will see a continuous reduction, many of the mining commodities (iron, aluminium, rare earth metals) will remain critical for the “green revolution” technologies (such as wind and solar generation, battery technologies, electric vehicles). Mining companies operating in the modern world are strategically focused on reducing environmental impacts associated with the extraction and processing of metals and minerals. One major area of concern, fugitive methane emissions, is being tackled by advancing the methane capture and utilization technologies. Another area with a large decarbonization potential is related to improving the operational efficiency and reducing power consumption by the mining industry. In the countries like Australia, where the mining sector accounts for more than 10% of energy use, such improvements will translate into significant energy and greenhouse gas savings. This Special Session calls for papers that focus on technologies and processes (used in or related to mining industry) that improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Track SS3: Energy Storage Integration

Advances in Energy Storage and their Integration with Power Electronics

The integration of energy storage involves combining energy storage devices, such as batteries or supercapacitors, with power electronic systems to enable efficient energy management, conversion, and control. This integration offers several benefits, including improved system efficiency, enhanced grid stability, and optimized energy utilization. Power electronics can serve multiple functions in energy storage systems, such as controlling energy flow, managing storage charge and discharge, and interfacing with the grid. Researchers are developing new power electronic circuits and control algorithms that can handle these multiple functions more efficiently and reliably. Integrated power electronic converters with bidirectional power flow can enable seamless integration of energy storage with the grid. Research is focused on developing advanced inverter topologies and control strategies that can optimize the performance of storage-inverter systems. New inverter designs can improve power quality, reduce harmonic distortion, and enhance system stability. By developing new power electronic designs and control algorithms that can optimize the performance of energy storage systems (Li-ion, Lithium Sulfur, Sodium Sulfur etc.), researchers are contributing to the development of new energy solutions for a wide range of applications. To advance research and development in this promising and dynamic area, this Special Session calls for papers that focus on advancement in energy storage technologies and novel power converter topologies and relevant control systems for their integration. We welcome contributions that demonstrate the potential of power converter topologies and their control in various energy storage integration applications.

Track SS4: Hydrogen Energy Production and Storage

Hydrogen Energy Production and Storage for Transportation and Grid Integration

With the ever-increasing penetration of variable and fluctuating renewable energy (solar and wind), the need for storage of energy is on the rise. The elegant idea of storing renewable energy in an energy carrier as Hydrogen which is storable, transportable, and utilisable offers a solution. Hydrogen is the most abundant chemical element and has many uses including but not limited to a way of storing electricity, heating, fuel for transport, and can also be used as a raw material in industry. Large scale production, storage and transportation of hydrogen involves a set of challenging technologies that are receiving international interest as demands for renewable energy resources increase.  This special session aims to explore the production of hydrogen using surplus energy produced by renewable energy resources and effective ways of storage of hydrogen with a focus on transportation and grid integration.                                                                                                                                   

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