Smart Technologies for Net-zero Emissions Energy Systems

  in Special Issue   Posted on August 24, 2020

Information for the Special Issue

Submission Deadline: Thu 31 Dec 2020
Journal Impact Factor : 3.193
Journal Name : Control Engineering Practice
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Special Issue Call for Papers:

The future global economy will be greatly shaped by the transformed energy landscape and a net-zero transition in energy-intensive processes and systems. While significant progress has already been made towards renewable and clean electric power generation and electrification of heating and on-road light vehicles, an increasing number of additional sectors are facing major challenges in electrification and decarbonisation. These include e.g., high-energy manufacturing and heavy-duty transportation. At the same time, large uncertainties and variabilities in both energy supply and energy demand are becoming a norm, with climate change and unexpected natural and public health disasters and risks further aggravating the existing challenges. These developments call for both technological innovations in different sectors and the coordinated integration of the whole energy chain from top to tail. As an enabling technology, control engineering can play a paramount role in successfully establishing the forthcoming green energy era by accelerating sectoral decarbonisation and creating synergy effects across decarbonisation pathways for different systems.

This special issue aims to showcase the latest developments of smart technologies in modelling, control and optimization of hybrid energy systems across different sectors, with a focus on their synergy to deliver the net-zero emission target. Practical contributions towards control engineering and applications are invited on topics that include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced modelling, scheduling, operation and control techniques for

    • accelerating the use of renewable energy in manufacturing;
    • supporting renewable power integration with on-road transport electrification infrastructure;
    • electrification and energy storage in maritime shipping;
    • integration of renewable power generation and energy storage with railway electrification;
  • Interpretable artificial intelligence and immersive virtual reality to improve the resilience and responsiveness of manufacturing processes for a net zero transition;
  • New sensing and IoT techniques for integration of smart energy systems with intelligent manufacturing;
  • Planning, operation and control of district heating and cooling combined with renewable energy sources;
  • Power electronic control in renewable power generation and their integration with transport electrification;
  • Case studies and emerging industrial applications to promote net-zero transitions.


We encourage submissions containing experimental results. In the absence of experiments, practical simulation examples would be required.

Control Engineering Practice is a premier journal that publishes papers with direct applications of profound control theory and its supporting tools in all possible areas of automation. Through this special issue, we hope to attract more academic researchers and industrial practitioners to work and shape this new, fascinating and vital area.

Target Timeline:

Submission: 31 December 2020

Acceptance: 31 May 2021

Guest Editors:

Kang Li, University of Leeds, UK,

Jianzhong Wu, Cardiff University, UK,

Johannes Schiffer, Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany,

Xinbo Ruan, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China,

Jin Ma, North China Electric Power University, China,

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