[ISS4E] CFP: Special Issue of Energies journal on "Resilience of Energy Systems"

S. Keshav keshav at uwaterloo.ca
Mon Dec 1 12:21:35 EST 2014

Special Issue of Energies journal on  "Resilience of Energy Systems"

The pressure on energy systems is constantly growing: increasing shares 
of volatile electricity generation, volatile prices for many fossil 
energy carriers, looming scarcities of fuels and other materials, CO2 
taxation and/or trading schemes, rising global demand, political 
conflicts with higher risks for fuels supply, climate change impacts on 
energy infrastructure, extreme events and technical risks, shifting 
demand patterns, societal acceptance issues for large infrastructures, 

In view of the inherent unpredictability of many of the above mentioned 
challenges, the common design paradigm based on average and maximum 
loads, trend extrapolation, safety margins, and robustness is not 
sufficient anymore. Important though it is, this design paradigm cannot 
prepare future energy systems for all the randomness and complexity 
behind such challenges.

Hence, there is a need for a new design paradigm that focuses on the 
structural vulnerabilities of energy systems and takes into account the 
general unpredictability of boundary conditions (natural, technical, 
economic and social), the increasing number of extreme events and the 
lack of knowledge concerning socio-political development. The design of 
future energy systems should thus include a precautionary approach 
towards dealing with deep uncertainty and reduce the prerequisites in 
terms of knowledge and predictability.

Considering the above, future energy systems should be designed, aiming 
towards resilience: maintaining service even under extreme or 
unpredicted conditions by being robust, yet flexible and adaptive, open 
for innovation and equipped for improvisation in extreme situations.

We invite papers for this Special Issue on the Resilience of Energy 
Systems that address one of the following topics, or related research 

     Architecture of resilient energy systems
     Reliability of energy services in extreme and/or unpredictable 
     Structural vulnerabilities of energy systems
     Energy systems and climate adaptation
     Preparing energy systems for unexpected effects
     Resilient strategies for managing supply risks
     Adaptive and flexible power generation for resilience
     Adaptive and flexible network design (power, gas, heat)
     Limits of predict and control strategies for energy systems
     Storage and intelligent control of production and demand for 
greater resilience
     Resilience through diversification, scalability and modularity of 
energy systems
     Centralization and decentralization of energy systems in view of 
vulnerability and resilience
     Cellular design of energy systems for resilience
     Interoperation and combined resilience of power, heat and gas 
     Trade-offs between resilience, efficiency, costs and environmental 
     Political and economic instruments to foster resilience of energy 
     Resilience as a guiding principle in innovation processes
     The role of different stakeholder groups for resilience of energy 
     Methods for assessing the resilience of energy systems

Stefan Gößling-Reisemann
Prof. Dr. Hermann de Meer
Guest Editors


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