Advances in Energy Conversion for Next-Generation Smart Cities

Submission Deadline: 10 May 2021 (closed)

Guest Editors

Dr. Marimuthu Karuppiah, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, India
Dr. Shehzad Ashraf Chaudhry, Istanbul Gelisim University, Turkey
Dr. Mohammed H. Alsharif, Sejong University, South Korea


Today, we are in need to discover sustainable energy initiatives that could transform the future generation smart cities, in consideration of its existing challenges. Further, developing intelligent smart cities and attaining a sustainable environment is the biggest challenge of our times. With an accelerating rate of global urbanization, smart cities are at the forefront of global climate change rooting in the requirements for sustainable energy conversion practices and rapid technological innovations. Simultaneously, the energy sector is experiencing profound changes with a shift to renewable and distributed energy resources. This transformation potentially creates a space for smart cities to become an active part of the energy ecosystem. However, achieving an energy-efficient smart city infrastructure with lesser carbon emission has always been, and it is still problematic. This is because of the reason that the growth of smart cities is directly in correlation to the expansion of energy resources, which is profoundly impacting the growth of smart city services all around the globe.

In the aspect of a smart city, energy forms the key driver of every human activity with all the technology and fuel systems. As a result, energy requirements in smart cities are considerably high, and it is expected to grow even more in the future. An ideal smart city should possess the property of energy-efficiency and sustainability in all its services ranging from street lighting systems to digital communication measures. Yet, decarbonisation, digitalization, and decentralization are the three significant landscapes of the energy sector, which must be explored in detail to attain sustainable smart city practices. Ensuring multidirectional energy flow, improving power quality, maintaining grid stability, implementing efficient energy conversion practices at reduced costs are some of the challenges, which have to be addressed to attain radical transformation in viable energy management practices for next-generation smart cities. Further, energy transformation towards renewable sources is economically inevitable and has become environmentally more desirable.

This special issue examines the interplay between the two major streams of innovation energy and smart cities. It further aims to explore efficient energy conversion practices and suggest how those practices can be transformed to support the future of next-generation smart cities.


The topic of interest includes the following:

· Advances in microgrid and Nano grid for smart cities

· Energy forecasting and optimization methods to improve renewable energy resources for smart cities

· Advances in wireless power transfer for next-generation smart cities

· Effective ways of energy harvesting for smart cities

· Renewable and alternative energy resources for smart cities

· Application of big data and machine learning

· Future of renewable and green energy resources for next-generation smart cities

· New trends in wave prediction and power resource assessment for smart cities

· Advances in energy storage and grid integration methods for next-generation smart cities

· Power system planning, operation, and maintenance strategies for smart cities

· Biomass energy conversion technologies and advances for smart cities


Microgrid and Nano grid, next-generation smart cities, Optimization, energy harvesting, machine learning, renewable energy, green energy, biomass energy, energy storage.

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