Sustainability is of great importance due to increasing demands and limited resources worldwide. In particular, in the field of energy production and consumption, methods are required that allow to produce energy in an efficient way, as well as to develop methods for the efficient usage of energy. The vast extension of energy sources and the growing information structure allow a fine screening of energy resources, but also require the development of tools for the analysis and understanding of huge datasets about the energy grid. Key technologies in future ecological, economical and reliable energy systems are energy prediction of renewable resources, prediction of consumption as well as efficient planning and control strategies for network stability.

To enable financially and ecologically viable projects, optimization methods have taken over a key role for planning, optimizing and forecasting sustainable systems. Typically, these approaches make use of domain knowledge in order to achieve the required goal. Even in the case that explicit domain knowledge is not available, specialized methods can also handle large raw numerical sensory data directly, process them, generate reliable and just-in-time responses, and have high fault tolerance.

The main goal of this Special Session is to promote the research on optimization methods for their application to the energy production and consumption domain.

We are seeking articles including (but not limited to):
  • Algorithms for modeling, control, and optimization
  • Prediction of wind and photovoltaic energy
  • Prediction and monitoring of energy consumption
  • Communication and control
  • Demand side management
  • Distributed energy resources
  • Methods and algorithms for real-time analysis
  • Planning, operation and control
  • Plug-in vehicles
  • Renewable energy
  • Smart micro-grids
  • Smart sensing
  • Virtual power plants
Interactive Activity
If time allows it, we plan to offer the following activity during the time slot of a single presentation:
  • Group discussion "Quo vadis, Renewable Energy & EC?": an opportunity for industry and academia to discuss current challenges
Important Information

If you want to present your research, you will need to go through CEC 2015's reviewing process. Details can be found at the conference page. Please make sure that you select this special session when you submit an article for this session.

Special Issue

The authors of the best articles will be invited to submit extended versions to our Special Issue of the Elsevier Renewable Energy Journal 2015 "Optimization Methods in Renewable Energy Systems Design".


  • Submission deadline: January 20, 2015 (yes, the submission system will be open until the 20th)
  • Author notification: to be announced
  • Date of this workshop: May 2014

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email.