Neven Duic

Neven Duic
University of Zagreb · Department of Energy, Power Engineering and Environment (FSB)

PhD

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April 1994 - April 2008
Technical University of Lisbon
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  • Guest researcher
September 1990 - present
University of Zagreb
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  • Professor (Full)

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Publications (608)
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The heating sector of the European Union covers 80% of the household’s final energy consumption, which shows its relevance for the energy transition to the carbon neutral society, as set out in the Green Deal. Since most of the heat demand is located in the high heat density areas, district heating shows to be a promising solution for reducing the...
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Accurate wind farm cluster power forecasting is of great significance for the safe operation of the power system with high wind power penetration. However, most of the current neural network methods used for wind farm cluster power forecasting have the following three problems: (1) lack of consideration of dynamic spatio-temporal correlation among...
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In this research, we present a new long-term energy planning model that considers endogenous capacity investment, energy dispatch, Power-to-X, and demand response technologies. A thorough literature review of existing energy planning models is also presented, allowing to present the distinctive characteristics of the proposed model. The proposed mo...
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The impact of the transport sector on climate change and carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere can be decreased by the utilization of biofuels and e-fuels. The chemical kinetics for calculating the combustion process of new biofuels and e-fuels is often excessively computationally demanding for numerical simulations, leading to the developme...
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Current disposal of end-of-life plastics by landfilling or incineration raises serious environmental concerns, simultaneously representing an irretrievable loss of valuable resources. Especially this is evident for materials that have a complex structure, like polyurethane foams. In this work, co-pyrolysis with sawdust was carried out to analyze an...
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It is well‐known that the pollutant formation processes and temperature distribution in various combustion systems that operate at high temperatures are influenced by radiation heat transport. Detailed modeling of radiation transport in internal combustion (IC) engines demands additional computational power, and hence the calculation of radiation p...
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Wind power has received extensive attention due to its superiorities of clean and pollution-free. However, because of the randomness and volatility of wind power, accurate power prediction is needed to help its consumption. Wind speed is the key to wind power prediction, but traditional prediction method cannot accurately grasp the wind speed varia...
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This 34th volume of the International Journal of Sustainable Energy Planning and Management includes papers from the 2021 conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environmental Systems (SDEWES) held October 10-15, 2021, in Dubrovnik, Croatia as well as the 7th International Conference on Smart Energy Systems held September 21-22 i...
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The European Union and other signatories to the Paris Climate Accord have agreed to limit global warming to 2° Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Previously published studies have examined the optimal energy system structure required to satisfy carbon neutrality end goals. This research focuses on addressing the intermediate steps towards decarbo...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the supply chains of traditional fossil fuels. According to a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) from 2020, oil-refining activity fell by more than the IEA had anticipated. It was also assumed that the demand in 2021 would likely be 2.6 million bpd below the 2019 levels. However, re...
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This article positions collective renewable energy prosumerism as a social movement that engages in energy system transformation. Collective renewable energy prosumer initiatives engage in ‘prefigurative’ work through their discursive framings (ways of thinking), their activities (ways of doing) and their understanding and enactment of social relat...
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This paper is the editorial for the virtual special issue (VSI) of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (RSER) dedicated to 4 SDEWES Conferences held in 2020, namely: (i) the 2nd Latin American Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (LASDEWES 2020) held from February 9 to 12, 2020 in Buenos Aires, Argenti...
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In developing countries, national-level institutions are often limited by key transportation energy efficiency indicators. A transportation model based on 40 artificial neural networks was developed to fill this gap. Data on energy efficiency indicators for 28 European countries have been collected to train a model for predicting these indicators u...
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This paper presents an overview for the special issue of Clean Technology and Environmental Policy journal (CTEP), and it includes invited papers from four Conferences on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES) held in 2020. Conferences whose paper are a part of this overview are: 15th SDEWES Conference (01st Septe...
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District heating systems are almost always located in densely populated urban areas where various heat sources are available, such as cooling and refrigeration systems in supermarkets, shopping malls, and power transformers. These urban sources often have a large share of waste heat, which is usually emitted into the environment. This waste heat co...
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The ongoing process of climate change has shown that sustainable development of humankind is a necessity. Existing resources need to be used in a form of a circular economy, and no more in a linear economy as has been the case until now. Resources need to be better managed to meet the needs of future generations. Therefore, energy, water and enviro...
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Following the 2015 Paris Agreement and other agreements which have been signed after, sustainable energy development is becoming the major goal in many countries. EU have set the targets to reduce the annual greenhouse gas emission by 40% in 2030 and 80% for 2050 compared with 1990 levels. For achieving this ambitious energy policy, three major tec...
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Anthropogenically caused climate change is among the main problems that society faces today. To limit the increase in average global surface temperature, several countries have developed targets (e.g., goals of the Paris agreement) that seek to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions levels, particularly from the energy and transport sectors. The ins...
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The sustainable transition of an entirely coal-powered energy system is a challenge that can be solved by integrating variable renewable energy sources and considering the synergic effect between energy supply and different sectors of energy consumption. This research shows how the scaling-up in variable renewable energy sources uptake and sector c...
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Integrated approaches across energy, water and environment systems can accelerate the process of mitigating climate change through urgent action. New scientific advances that extend multiple opportunities in this direction have emanated from the 2nd Latin American, 1st Asia Pacific, 4th South East European and 15th Conferences on Sustainable Develo...
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Accurate ultra-short-term PV power forecasting is essential for the power system with a high proportion of renewable energy integration, which can provide power fluctuation information hours ahead and help to mitigate the interference of the random PV power output. Most of the PV power forecasting methods mainly focus on employing local ground-base...
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Biogas production through anaerobic digestion technology offers numerous benefits as it may not only recover a part of the energy contained in the biomass but also contributes to circular economy targets. Concerns about biogas production from feed and food crops raise the need for the assessment of biogas potential produced out of biomass, which is...
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Europe's building sector represents its largest single energy consumers and greenhouse gas emitters. Although space heating and the preparation of domestic hot water are responsible for the largest share of their energy demand, cooling is becoming an important factor with the rise of the global temperatures and the increased living standards across...
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Crop-based biogas energy production, in combination with electricity generation under subsidy schemes, is no longer considered a favourable business model for biogas plants. Switching to low-cost or gate fee feedstocks and utilising biogas via alternative pathways could contribute to making existing plants fit for future operations and could open u...
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Accurate household profiles (e.g., house type, number of occupants) identification is the key to the successful implementation of behavioral demand response. Currently, supervised learning methods are widely adopted to identify household profiles using smart meter data. Such methods could achieve promising performance in the case of sufficient labe...
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Global warming and climate change call for urgent minimization of the impact of human activities on the environment. There is a great need for the improvement of resource efficiencies by integrating various life-supporting systems. The challenge is on the energy, water and environment systems to integrate and become more sustainable. This research...
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Recent European Green Deal includes decision to become carbon neutral and even carbon negative region in order to tackle the climate crisis. Main technical challenge and a key factor in techno-economic analysis of the energy system of the future, based on variable renewable energy sources, is their variable production and its integration. In order...
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In order to mitigate the climate change process, the European Union has adopted a European Green Deal, which foresees zero net emissions of greenhouse gases for all member states by 2050. This paper investigates the possibility of achieving a 100% renewable energy system that would meet the requirements set out in this agreement. Montenegro was use...
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This article presents some of the main findings from the SDEWES conferences of 2021 within the field of renewable energy. More specifically, results are summarized and contextualised within solar energy and thermal comfort, wind power resource assessment, and biogas and biomass resources and technology. The two last sections deal more broadly with...
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Alternative fuels are crucial for the decarbonisation of high-energy demanding processes. The utilisation of waste materials to produce alternative fuels is especially interesting since, the co-pyrolysis of waste plastics and biomass was lately introduced as promising method since the synergistic effect might enhance the product properties compared...
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District heating has already proven to be a suitable solution for the decarbonisation of the most energy intensive energy sector in Europe, heating and cooling. However, to achieve this, it needs to incorporate renewable and sustainable energy sources into the generation mix which is still dominated by fossil fuels in many countries. Alongside trad...
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Sustainable development is a highly interdisciplinary concept that involves the interaction of various systems, such as energy, water, and environment, by using waste from one, as a resource in another, and in the exact moment when it is beneficial to all [...]
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During the last few years, the majority of the EU Governments are implementing suitable energy policies, promoting a transition toward full decarbonized sustainable energy systems by 2050. This paper focuses on creating comprehensive decarbonization scenarios for the island systems, using EnergyPLAN software. The island of Sardinia, Italy, was sele...
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The fourth generation of district heating will play a significant role in the decarbonization of energy systems. In general, only space heating demand is considered when assessing the district heating potential, excluding hot water. In contrast, the hot water demand accounts for up to 18% of total final energy demand in buildings. Hence, in this pa...
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This paper provides a systematic review of 34 large-scale projects of power-to-heat demand response. The projects have been classified in terms of location, size, technical implementation and objective. The chronological ordering of the reviewed projects enables key takeaways to be drawn considering other developments in the energy sector, such as...
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Space heating accounts for the most significant share of final energy demand in buildings in colder climatic regions contributing to greenhouse gas emission. In addition, there is a lack of data available to assess spatially, the potential of space heating demand reduction in different buildings when considering typical building refurbishment measu...
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This paper is an editorial for the virtual special issue (VSI) of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (RSER) dedicated to the 14th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES 2019) held from October 1, 2019 to October 6, 2019 in Dubrovnik. The VSI published both high quality review papers and original...
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Biogas is an instrument of synergy between responsible waste management and renewable energy production in the overall transition to sustainability. The aim of this research is to assess the integration of the power-to-gas concept into a food waste-based biogas plant with the goal to produce renewable methane. A robust optimisation was studied, usi...
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The electric vehicle (EV), when aggregated by an agent (Aggregator), is a suitable candidate for participating in demand response in power system operation. As the interface between distribution network and EV users, as well as an independent party at the same time, an optimal scheduling algorithm is necessary with consideration of benefits of thre...
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Although, district heating has high share in the heating sector of Northern Europe, Central-Eastern European countries often do not utilize full potential for further thermal network expansion. The main reasons for this are relatively low energy market prices, such as natural gas for households, which diminish economic feasibility of the proposed p...
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Global warming and climate change call for urgent minimization of human activities on the environment. Therefore, there is a great need for the improvement of resource efficiencies by integrating various life-supporting systems. The challenge is on the energy, water and environment systems to integrate and become more sustainable. This field of res...
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European Union has definitely identified the priorities towards sustainable and low-carbon energy systems recognizing a key role to islands that have been described as ideal sites to develop and test innovative strategies and solutions that will then boost the transition on the mainland. Nevertheless, the integration of Variable Renewable Energy So...
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Green development of energy, water and environment systems is essential as these three systems represent the basic life needs of humankind. Therefore, environmental problems arising from each of these three systems need to be carefully addressed to preserve the energy, water and environment resources for future generations. This paper discusses som...
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R epresent ation the variable renewable energy supply (VRES) in the integrated assessment models (IAMs), includes the hourly variability of renewable energy modeled in EnergyPLAN software. H ourly effects of the integration have been accessed. Finally, flexibility options are recommended to accommodate this variability within existing energy system...
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The goal of this work is to identify the influence which utilization of district heating systems coupled with the power-to-heat technologies based on the flexible operation of coal-based thermal power plants and limited electricity system interconnections can have on the maximum integration of variable renewables. An hourly deterministic tool Energ...
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This paper addresses the optimal decision problem of a distributed energy resources (DER) aggregator who manages wind turbines, solar PV systems and battery energy storage (BES) units while implementing real-time pricing (RTP) demand response program. The DER aggregator can procure electricity by bidding in the electricity market and scheduling its...
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This short paper gives some perspectives on the recent development in the concept of Smart Energy Systems while introducing the contents of selected papers from the 5th International Conference on Smart Energy Systems, 4th Generation District Heating, Electrification, Electrofuels and Energy Efficiency – SESAAU2019. All of the papers elaborate on o...
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Energy sectors of all the countries around the world are faced with a big challenge: the energy transition under the imperative of continuous reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. The energy transition and the sustainability constraints pose a significant challenge for engineers, researcher and scientists developing new and clean energy-efficient...
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The global COVID-19 pandemic has had strong impacts on national and international freight, construction and tourism industry, supply chains, and has resulted in a rapid decline in the demand for traditional energy sources. In fact, research has outlined that urban areas depend on global supply chains for their day-to-day basic functions, including...
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Buildings represent 40% of the European Union's energy consumption and 36% of its greenhouse gas emissions making it obvious that the decarbonisation of the European Union depends on the sustainable provision of heat in its cities. District heating presents it self as a clear solution to this issue. It is capable of supplying waste and renewable he...
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While the share of intermittent renewable energy sources in a power sector is constantly increasing, demand response technologies are becoming a crucial part of interconnected energy systems. The district heating sector has a great potential of offering such services if power-to-heat and thermal storage technologies are implemented. This is a well-...
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A novel system, which systematically recover waste heat and reduce water consumption in coal-fired power plants, is proposed in this paper. Critical components of the system are two fluorine plastic heat exchangers (FHEs) located downstream and upstream of WFGD scrubber, and condensate and feed water extracted from the regenerative heater (RH) act...
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This editorial introduces the main findings from the 29th Volume of the International Journal of Sustainable Energy Planning and Management. The issue includes both contributions to the 2019 Sustainable Development of Energy Water and Environmental Systems conference and ordinary journal submissions. In either case, the research is centred on susta...
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The integration of energy, water and environment systems represents important opportunities for addressing the urgent imperative of climate neutrality. The 29 original papers in the virtual special issue of the 14th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems exemplify multiple advances in integrated approaches. T...
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This special issue of Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems contains selected papers contributed to the ICEWES 2018 held in November 13-15, 2018 in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) organized the Conference in cooperation with the Arab German Young Academy o...
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Having in mind that European Union (EU) has committed to Paris agreement goal of keeping temperature at less than 1.5 ℃ above preindustrial level, has made decision to reach climate neutrality reached by 2050, and have greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduced by 50–55% by 2030, the issue of avoiding stranded costs should be immediately considered. Si...
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Power generation sector worldwide accounts for high water withdrawal and consumption due to the hydropower generation and cooling of thermal power plants. Hence, the operation of the power generation sector is constrained by the availability of the water resources, as well as the addition of constrains on water resources used for other purposes, su...
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Transition and decarbonization of the energy sector require the utilisation of new technologies and energy sources. Higher penetration of intermittent renewable energy sources implies the installation of energy storage, to store electricity excess and enhanced system efficiency. These electricity surpluses that will occur more often in the future e...
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Long term planning of energy system’s development becomes closely connected to analysis of day-ahead power markets, market coupling and dynamics of integration of both, renewable energy sources and demand response technologies. In this study a scenario approach with minimization of marginal cost of generated electricity is used to investigate and q...
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Usage of traditional biomass raises serious concerns regarding its sustainability due to the inefficient combustion in household stoves and potential over-usage if the intention is to replace fossil fuels in power plants. Co-pyrolysis of biomass feedstock with different waste materials, especially plastics, might be a promising alternative for sust...
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An imposed solution in the development process of compression ignition engines is the use of numerical research employing Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). At the high operating temperatures in compression ignition engines, the radiative heat transfer influences the overall temperature profile and heat transfer, which also affects the formation p...
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Bioenergy can be produced from a wide range of feedstocks and can be utilised for production of renewable electricity, thermal energy, chemicals or transportation fuels. Anaerobic digestion technology (AD) for biogas production has an important role in achieving circular economy goals, as it may not only recover the energy contained in the biomass...
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The aim of this study is to investigate the operation of biogas plants in advanced energy markets after energy crops become limited in their use and biogas plants exit subsidy schemes for electricity production. Continuous biogas combined heat and power production and sale of electricity on the day-ahead market could be a viable operation strategy...
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In areas with higher heat demand densities, district heating is the most logical way of achieving heat sector decarbonisation aims, especially when renewable energy or highly efficient cogeneration is used. However, excess heat from industry is also recognized as a valuable source with the high potential for utilization. It increases the economic a...
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The identification and spatial distribution of heat demand for space heating is of high importance for the planning and design of district heating systems because around 70–80% of total final energy consumption by the household sector is consumed for space heating purposes. The aim of this research is the quantification and validation of heat deman...