Advances in Smart Grids and Microgrids: operation, control, protection, and security (VSI-sgmg)

in Special Issue   Posted on June 3, 2020 

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Submission Deadline: Wed 30 Sep 2020
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Journal Name : Computers & Electrical Engineering
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Due to environmental concerns, energy security risks, and fossil fuel issues, many countries around the world have decided to increase the penetration level of renewable energy resources (RERs) in their energy networks. Beside this, many countries are moving toward implementation of the smart grid concept, including microgrid and deregulation in their power systems to achieve reliable and secure operation of their power systems with high penetration level of renewable energy resources. In future smart grids, keeping the operation in stable mode requires new techniques and technologies for better control and security. Therefore, stability and security of smart grids should be well studied and analyzed. Moreover, new protection schemes are in demand in order to face any unexpected operational problems and contingencies in smart grid environment.

This Special Section aims at encouraging researchers to address the technical issues and research gaps in smart grid and microgrid systems. The objective is to focus on the latest advances in smart grids and microgrids, especially on their operation, control, protection and security aspects. Energy systems are impacting our life, industrial productions and our way of life beyond our imagination. Various countries all over the world have launched national smart grids and microgrids initiatives, highlighting the significance and necessity of smart grids in their future smart cities, smart industries, and national securities. But at the same time, practical issues related to the operation, control, protection and security of modern and future smart grids cannot be ignored. Therefore, this special section would try to fill research gaps in smart grids and motivate research on such important topics impacting our lives.



Suggested topics include:

• Smart grids and microgrids;

• The design, modeling, control, and management of smart grids and microgrids;

• Smart grid and microgrid reliability, sustainability, flexibility, and resiliency;

• Smart grid and microgrid dynamics, stability, protection and security;

• Methodologies and applications of modern methods for the operation and control of smart grids;

• Intelligent systems, solving methods, optimization, and advanced heuristics for Smart grids and microgrids;

• The modeling, planning, and operating of renewable energy resources in Smart grids;

• Business models for different electricity market players in Smart grids and microgrids;

• Demand side management and demand response;

• The sizing, placement, and operation of energy storage systems and electric vehicles in Smart grids;

• Smart homes and building energy management;

• Electricity market, electrical power, and energy systems;

• The modeling, forecasting, and management of uncertainty in smart grids;

• Microgrids and islanded networks;

• Smart cities, smart energy, and IoT for the concept of Smart grids and microgrids;

• Modern power systems and renewable energy resources.


Submission Guidelines:

Manuscripts, or extended versions of papers presented at related conferences, are welcome. Submissions must not be currently under review for publication elsewhere. Conference papers may be submitted only if they are completely re-written or substantially extended (more than 50%), and must be referenced. All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed using the normal standards of CAEE, and accepted based on quality, originality, novelty, and relevance to the theme of the special section. By submitting a paper to this issue, the authors agree to referee one paper (if asked) within the time frame of the special issue.

Before submission, authors should carefully read the Guide for Authors available at

Authors should submit their papers through the journal’s web submission tool at by selecting “VSI- sgmg” under the “Issues” tab.

For additional questions, contact the Main Guest Editor.



Submission of manuscript: Sep. 30, 2020

First notification: Dec. 30, 2020

Submission of revised manuscript: Jan .30, 2021

Notification of the re-review: Feb. 28, 2021

Final notification: Mar. 6, 2021

Final paper due: April 30, 2021

Publication: August 2021


Guest Editors:

Hassan Haes Alhelou (Main Guest Editor),

Department of Electrical Power Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Tishreen University, Lattakia 2230, Syria

Emails: [email protected] , [email protected]


Pierluigi Siano,

Department of Management & Innovation Systems, University of Salerno, 84084 Salerno, Italy

Email: [email protected]


Mohamad-Esmail Hamedani-Golshan,

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111, Iran

Email: [email protected]


Yonghui Sun,

College of Energy and Electrical Engineering, Hohai University, Nanjing 210098, China

Email: [email protected] , [email protected]




H.H. Alhelou is a faculty member at Tisheen University, Lattakia, Syria. He received the B.Sc. degree (ranked first) from the Tishreen University, Lattakia, Syria, in 2011; the M.Sc. degree from the Isfahan University of Technology (IUT), Isfahan, in 2016, all in Electrical Power Engineering, power systems (with honors). Since 2016, He started his Ph.D. at the Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran.

He is included in the 2018 Publons’s list of the top 1% best reviewer and researchers in the field of engineering. He was the recipient of the Outstanding Reviewer Award from Energy Conversion and Management Journal in 2016, ISA Transactions Journal in 2018, Applied Energy Journal in 2019, and many other Awards. He was the recipient of the best young researcher in the Arab Student Forum Creative among 61 researchers from 16 countries at Alexandria University, Egypt, 2011. He has published more than 75 research papers in the high quality peer-reviewed journals and international conferences. He has also performed more than 450 reviews for high prestigious journals including IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Energy Conversion and Management, Applied Energy, International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems. He has participated in more than 15 industrial projects worldwide.

His major research interests are Power systems, Power system dynamics, Power system operation and control, Dynamic state estimation, Frequency control, Smart grids, Micro-grids, Demand response, Load shedding, and Power system protection.

P. Siano is a Senior Member of IEEE and 1% top highly cited researcher in 2019 by WoS. He received the M.Sc. degree in electronic engineering and the Ph.D. degree in information and electrical engineering from the University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy, in 2001 and 2006, respectively. He is currently a Professor and the Scientific Director of the Smart Grids and Smart Cities Laboratory, Department of Management and Innovation Systems, University of Salerno. He has coauthored more than 420 articles including more than 200 international journal articles that received more than 7000 citations with an H-index equal to 43. His research activities are centered on demand response, on the integration of distributed energy resources in smart grids, and on planning and management of power systems. He has been the Chair of the IES TC on Smart Grids. He is an Editor of IEEE Access IEEE Power and Energy Society Section, and an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, and of IET Renewable Power Generation.

M.E.H. Golshan was born in Isfahan, Iran, in 1964. He received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, in 1987, the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, in 1990, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Isfahan University of Technology in 1998. He is currently a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology. His major research interests are power system analysis, power system dynamics, power quality, dispersed generation, flexible ac transmission systems and custom power, and load modeling special arc furnace modeling.

Y. Sun received the Ph.D. degree from City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, in 2010. He is currently a Professor with the College of Energy and Electrical Engineering, Hohai University, Nanjing, China. He has authored more than 60 papers in refereed international journals. His research interests include stability analysis and control of power systems, optimal planning and operation of integrated energy system, optimization algorithms, and data analysis.

Dr. Sun was the recipient of the First Award of Jiangsu Provincial Progress in Science and Technology in 2010 as the Fourth Project Member, and he is an Active Reviewer for many international journals.

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