Energy and Complexity


Lead Editor

1Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands

2Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy

3University of Vermont, Burlington, USA

4Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK

Energy and Complexity


Sustainable energy systems are complex sociotechnical systems with a social network of many players that “together” develop, operate, and maintain the technical infrastructure. No single player controls the system, but their actions are coordinated through a range of institutions—informal and formal rules—and regulations. As the control is distributed among actors, the overall system behaviour (at different time scales) emerges from operating practices and characteristics, from (dis)investment decisions, and from other aspects of the players’ strategies.

Sustainable energy systems require a complex, irreducible approach for design and operation and for robust what-if analyses. Essential aspects of the overall system behaviour or structure might be misunderstood or even overlooked if traditional methods continue to be applied; that is, methods which examine the connections between the heterogeneous parts and the whole system of systems are needed.

The purpose of this special issue is to publish high-quality research papers as well as review articles addressing recent advances on complexity in relation to energy systems. Original, high-quality contributions that are not yet published or that are not currently under review by other journals or peer-reviewed conferences are sought.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Agent based modelling and simulation
  • Applications of network science concepts to energy problems
  • Energy and social theory/social practice
  • Energy consumption and behaviour
  • Energy security, affordability, and poverty
  • Sustainable economic growth in energy systems
  • Energy and the environment
  • Energy transition
  • Coevolution within the energy vectors and with other sectors such as transport
  • Path dependency and inertia
  • Energy services and business models
  • Disruptive energy technologies
  • Energy policy and regulation


  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 6937505
  • - Editorial

Energy and Complexity

Zofia Lukszo | Ettore Bompard | ... | Liz Varga
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 3569129
  • - Research Article

Conceptualization of Vehicle-to-Grid Contract Types and Their Formalization in Agent-Based Models

Esther H. Park Lee | Zofia Lukszo | Paulien Herder
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 3469325
  • - Research Article

Enabling the Analysis of Emergent Behavior in Future Electrical Distribution Systems Using Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation

Sonja Kolen | Stefan Dähling | ... | Antonello Monti
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 1967645
  • - Review Article

Creating Agent-Based Energy Transition Management Models That Can Uncover Profitable Pathways to Climate Change Mitigation

Auke Hoekstra | Maarten Steinbuch | Geert Verbong
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 7494313
  • - Research Article

Assessing the Plurality of Actors and Policy Interactions: Agent-Based Modelling of Renewable Energy Market Integration

Marc Deissenroth | Martin Klein | ... | Matthias Reeg
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 5031505
  • - Research Article

A Stability Analysis of Thermostatically Controlled Loads for Power System Frequency Control

Ellen Webborn | Robert S. MacKay
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 3597010
  • - Research Article

Sociotechnical Network Analysis for Power Grid Resilience in South Korea

Daniel A. Eisenberg | Jeryang Park | Thomas P. Seager
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 7539089
  • - Research Article

Structural Evaluation for Distribution Networks with Distributed Generation Based on Complex Network

Fei Xue | Yingyu Xu | ... | Jinling Zhang
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