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Modeling and Optimization of Interdependent Energy Systems

Call for Papers

The desire on a secure, efficient, and sustainable energy supply is calling for significant changes in our energy systems. Specifically, the high share of renewable energy resources is paving the way to a low-carbon society. Furthermore, the cutting-edge technologies in a variety of engineering disciplines necessitate building physical linkages among different energy systems, such as electricity, district heating, natural gas, and urban transportation, which are breaking down the barriers among historically independent sectors so as to create additional flexibility enabled by the complementary nature of heterogeneous resources. As a result, the whole energy supply chain in modern society is underlying a rapid transition to an integrated energy system. During this transition, there are many emerging technical and political challenges to be addressed, such as system architecture planning, coordinated operation, multilateral energy market design, and network interdependence analysis, which require interdisciplinary research on innovative optimization models and methods.

To harness synergies across energy supply infrastructures, this special issue is to create a forum for researchers to present their original work with strong methodological focus on the modeling and optimization related issues in the interdependent energy systems. We believe this will benefit both academic and industrial communities. The editorial committee solicits original research papers and review articles that target the themes using advanced optimization techniques, such as convex optimization, multilevel optimization, complementarity optimization, robust optimization, distributed optimization, and game theory.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Optimization of electric power systems with high share of renewables
  • Optimization of coupled electricity and district heating/cooling systems
  • Optimization of coupled electricity and natural gas/fuel systems
  • Optimization of coupled electricity and transportation systems
  • Optimization of coupled electricity and river networks
  • Optimization of energy routers and energy hubs
  • Optimal network energy flow in the integrated energy systems
  • Equilibrium model of multilateral trading in the integrated energy markets

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 30 March 2018
Publication DateAugust 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

Lead Guest Editor

  • Wei Wei, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Guest Editors