Special Issue on Thermal Energy Storage for Buildings

Journal of Engineering for Sustainable Buildings and Cities
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We invite submissions for an upcoming special issue on Thermal Energy Storage. This edition will encompass the latest research development and demonstration of technologies related to thermal energy storage specifically for buildings and/or districts. We look forward to receiving contributions from researchers across all relevant disciplines, such as engineering, science, and architecture.

Building decarbonization is a key element in the combat against climate change, given the significant contribution of buildings to global greenhouse gas emissions. A viable approach to building decarbonization is electrifying building end uses and harnessing renewable energy resources for electricity generation. Thermal energy storage will be essential to accommodate electricity from intermittent renewable energy, reduce operational energy cost, and enhance resilience. This special issue seeks to feature a collection of high-quality articles that contribute to the advancement of knowledge on thermal energy storage through interdisciplinary approaches. The goal is to foster an equitable, smooth transition towards a more sustainable built environment. 

Topic Areas

  • Equipment-integrated thermal energy storage
  • Envelope-integrated thermal energy storage
  • Coordination between thermal and electrical energy storage
  • Material optimization and development
  • Advanced controls and best practices
  • Modeling and analysis
  • Test procedures
  • Life cycle analysis and environmental impact

Special Issue Publication Dates

Paper submission deadline: October 15, 2024
Initial review completed: December 1, 2024
Publication date: May 2025

Submission Instructions

Papers should be submitted electronically to the journal through the ASME Journal Tool. If you already have an account, log in as an author and select Submit Paper. If you do not have an account, you can create one here

Once at the Paper Submittal page, select the Journal of Engineering for Sustainable Buildings and Cities, and then under the Special Issue field, select Special Issue on Thermal Energy Storage for Buildings.

Papers received after the deadline or papers not selected for the Special Issue may be accepted for publication in a regular issue.

Guest Editors

Bandana Kar, AAA Science, Technology and Policy Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy, (bandana.kar@ee.doe.gov)

Marco Pritoni, Career Research Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, (mpritoni@lbl.gov)

Ming Qu, Professor of Lyles School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University, (mqu@purdue.edu)

Srinivas Katipamula, Staff Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, (Srinivas.Katipamula@pnnl.gov)

Xiaobing Liu, Group Leader, Senior R&D Staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, (liux2@ornl.gov)

Xin Jin, Senior Research Engineer, Sensors & Controls Lead, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, (Xin.Jin@nrel.gov)

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