IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this article

A novel concept for a renewable network within municipal energy systems

Listed author(s):
  • Kostevšek, Anja
  • Cizelj, Leon
  • Petek, Janez
  • Pivec, Aleksandra
Registered author(s):

    Renewable energy sources are amongst the more widely acceptable options for the future transformations of existing energy systems. The complexities of such transformations call for various comprehensive preparatory actions. Amongst them, the organisation of a multifaceted renewable value-chain into a renewable network may well be crucial for the successful utilisation of renewable energy sources in the future. This paper proposes a novel concept for renewable network covering entire renewable value chain with division on supply, demand and technology sections. In the past, each section has been addressed separately. The organisation of renewable network covering all sections is deemed to be vital for accomplishing the optimal distribution and deployment of renewable energy sources. Constant technological advancements within the renewable sector indicate the significance of a technology section within a renewable network. The appropriate arrangement of various stakeholders involved throughout the entire value-chain, which includes all sections of a renewable network, is therefore crucial for the further development of a renewable sector. The proposed concept of a renewable network would support the effective operation of a renewable value-chain within a municipality through the establishment of local virtual energy cooperatives aimed at fulfilling energy needs and supporting the development of the community. The applicability of the proposed concept is demonstrated through the development of a biomass network within the municipality of Cirkulane, Slovenia.

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.

    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Renewable Energy.

    Volume (Year): 60 (2013)
    Issue (Month): C ()
    Pages: 79-87

    in new window

    Handle: RePEc:eee:renene:v:60:y:2013:i:c:p:79-87
    DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2013.04.013
    Contact details of provider: Web page:

    References listed on IDEAS
    Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:

    in new window

    1. Moura, Pedro S. & de Almeida, Aníbal T., 2010. "Multi-objective optimization of a mixed renewable system with demand-side management," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 14(5), pages 1461-1468, June.
    2. Wee, Hui-Ming & Yang, Wen-Hsiung & Chou, Chao-Wu & Padilan, Marivic V., 2012. "Renewable energy supply chains, performance, application barriers, and strategies for further development," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 16(8), pages 5451-5465.
    3. Iniyan, S & Suganthi, L & Jagadeesan, T.R & Samuel, Anand A, 2000. "Reliability based socio economic optimal renewable energy model for India," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 19(1), pages 291-297.
    4. Jagoda, Kalinga & Lonseth, Robert & Lonseth, Adam & Jackman, Tom, 2011. "Development and commercialization of renewable energy technologies in Canada: An innovation system perspective," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 36(4), pages 1266-1271.
    5. Connolly, D. & Lund, H. & Mathiesen, B.V. & Leahy, M., 2011. "The first step towards a 100% renewable energy-system for Ireland," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 88(2), pages 502-507, February.
    6. Sanaei, Sayyed Mohammad & Nakata, Toshihiko, 2012. "Optimum design of district heating: Application of a novel methodology for improved design of community scale integrated energy systems," Energy, Elsevier, vol. 38(1), pages 190-204.
    7. Bhattacharya, Abhishek & Manna, Dulal & Paul, Bireswar & Datta, Amitava, 2011. "Biomass integrated gasification combined cycle power generation with supplementary biomass firing: Energy and exergy based performance analysis," Energy, Elsevier, vol. 36(5), pages 2599-2610.
    8. Steinke, Florian & Wolfrum, Philipp & Hoffmann, Clemens, 2013. "Grid vs. storage in a 100% renewable Europe," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 50(C), pages 826-832.
    9. Chua, K.J. & Yang, W.M. & Wong, T.Z. & Ho, C.A., 2012. "Integrating renewable energy technologies to support building trigeneration – A multi-criteria analysis," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 41(C), pages 358-367.
    10. Ruiz Romero, Salvador & Colmenar Santos, Antonio & Castro Gil, Manuel Alonso, 2012. "EU plans for renewable energy. An application to the Spanish case," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 43(C), pages 322-330.
    11. Biresselioglu, Mehmet Efe & Zengin Karaibrahimoglu, Yasemin, 2012. "The government orientation and use of renewable energy: Case of Europe," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 47(C), pages 29-37.
    12. Arnette, Andrew & Zobel, Christopher W., 2012. "An optimization model for regional renewable energy development," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 16(7), pages 4606-4615.
    13. Çapik, Mehmet & Yılmaz, Ali Osman & Çavuşoğlu, İbrahim, 2012. "Present situation and potential role of renewable energy in Turkey," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 1-13.
    14. Blumsack, Seth & Fernandez, Alisha, 2012. "Ready or not, here comes the smart grid!," Energy, Elsevier, vol. 37(1), pages 61-68.
    15. Hart, Elaine K. & Jacobson, Mark Z., 2011. "A Monte Carlo approach to generator portfolio planning and carbon emissions assessments of systems with large penetrations of variable renewables," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 36(8), pages 2278-2286.
    16. Palander, Teijo, 2011. "Modelling renewable supply chain for electricity generation with forest, fossil, and wood-waste fuels," Energy, Elsevier, vol. 36(10), pages 5984-5993.
    17. Menegaki, Angeliki N., 2012. "A social marketing mix for renewable energy in Europe based on consumer stated preference surveys," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 39(1), pages 30-39.
    18. Hiremath, Rahul B. & Kumar, Bimlesh & Balachandra, P. & Ravindranath, N.H., 2010. "Bottom-up approach for decentralised energy planning: Case study of Tumkur district in India," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 38(2), pages 862-874, February.
    19. Blasques, L.C.M. & Pinho, J.T., 2012. "Metering systems and demand-side management models applied to hybrid renewable energy systems in micro-grid configuration," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 721-729.
    20. Franco, Alessandro & Salza, Pasquale, 2011. "Strategies for optimal penetration of intermittent renewables in complex energy systems based on techno-operational objectives," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 36(2), pages 743-753.
    21. Hinrichs-Rahlwes, Rainer, 2013. "Renewable energy: Paving the way towards sustainable energy security," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 49(C), pages 10-14.
    22. Vale, Zita & Morais, Hugo & Faria, Pedro & Ramos, Carlos, 2013. "Distribution system operation supported by contextual energy resource management based on intelligent SCADA," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 52(C), pages 143-153.
    23. Toklu, E., 2013. "Overview of potential and utilization of renewable energy sources in Turkey," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 50(C), pages 456-463.
    24. Mathiesen, Brian Vad & Lund, Henrik & Karlsson, Kenneth, 2011. "100% Renewable energy systems, climate mitigation and economic growth," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 88(2), pages 488-501, February.
    25. Krozer, Yoram, 2013. "Cost and benefit of renewable energy in the European Union," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 50(C), pages 68-73.
    26. Kyriakarakos, George & Piromalis, Dimitrios D. & Dounis, Anastasios I. & Arvanitis, Konstantinos G. & Papadakis, George, 2013. "Intelligent demand side energy management system for autonomous polygeneration microgrids," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 103(C), pages 39-51.
    27. Xu, Ershu & Wang, Zhifeng & Wei, Gao & Zhuang, Jiayan, 2012. "Dynamic simulation of thermal energy storage system of Badaling 1 MW solar power tower plant," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 39(1), pages 455-462.
    28. Lund, P.D., 2011. "Boosting new renewable technologies towards grid parity – Economic and policy aspects," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 36(11), pages 2776-2784.
    29. Khodr, H.M. & El Halabi, N. & García-Gracia, M., 2012. "Intelligent renewable microgrid scheduling controlled by a virtual power producer: A laboratory experience," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 48(C), pages 269-275.
    30. Tzamalis, G. & Zoulias, E.I. & Stamatakis, E. & Varkaraki, E. & Lois, E. & Zannikos, F., 2011. "Techno-economic analysis of an autonomous power system integrating hydrogen technology as energy storage medium," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 36(1), pages 118-124.
    31. Hafez, Omar & Bhattacharya, Kankar, 2012. "Optimal planning and design of a renewable energy based supply system for microgrids," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 7-15.
    32. Martin, Nigel J. & Rice, John L., 2012. "Developing renewable energy supply in Queensland, Australia: A study of the barriers, targets, policies and actions," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 44(C), pages 119-127.
    33. Shum, Kwok L. & Watanabe, Chihiro, 2009. "An innovation management approach for renewable energy deployment--the case of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(9), pages 3535-3544, September.
    34. Quiggin, Daniel & Cornell, Sarah & Tierney, Michael & Buswell, Richard, 2012. "A simulation and optimisation study: Towards a decentralised microgrid, using real world fluctuation data," Energy, Elsevier, vol. 41(1), pages 549-559.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:eee:renene:v:60:y:2013:i:c:p:79-87. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Dana Niculescu)

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.