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Given the outbreak of novel coronavirus, the REM2020 is postponed for the sake of public health. The new dates will be announced later. The organizers of REM2020 sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Welcome to REM2020-Applied Energy Symposium 2020: Renewable Energy Integration with Mini/Microgrid.
The increasing share of variable renewable energy sources, strict targets set for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the requirements on improvement of system security and reliability are calling for important changes in our energy systems. Distributed renewable energy and microgrids have emerged as effective ways for improving the quality of energy service given various types of renewable integration, and other challenges to the legacy system. The integration of distributed renewable energy and microgrids is significantly increasing the coupling and interactions between sources, and between supply and end use, at various scales (from multinational, national, and community scale down to building level). The need for energy storage and flexible demand is also increasing for improving the business case for their deployment. The issues need to be addressed to solve the challenges of intermittent power generation and mismatching of energy supply and demand over a time scale. Human behaviors should also be integrated into the energy systems to interactively improve the sustainability. Its interdisciplinary and synthetic approach not only reveals the systematic overview, but also details components of renewable energy systems.

This defines the aim and scope of the Applied Energy Symposium, REM: Renewable Energy Integration with Mini/Microgrid. We have selected Maldives to hold REM2020 with particular considerations of potentially perfect places to pilot and demonstrate renewable energy innovations in island applications, where integration of renewable energy with mini/microgrids become more important. A dedicated full session on the roadmap for Maldives will be specially arranged.

REM2020 to be held on Date to be announced will be organized by Asian Development Bank (ADB) together with Applied Energy Journal and Applied Energy Innovation Institute (AEii). The REM2020, with the theme of “Powering a renewable future with mini/microgrid” is to provide a platform focused on three tracks, namely technology innovations, high penetration of renewable energy, and implementation, commercialization and financing.

Island renewable energy system is of particular importance in the Symposium. We invite all stakeholders including academia, inventors, project developers, financiers, suppliers, policy decision makers, even the public and end-users to participate in the conference. We explore the new approach, innovation solutions to solve the challenging issues associated with new transitions of future renewable energy systems. Its interdisciplinary and synthetic approach not only reveals the systematic overview, but also detailed components of renewable energy systems.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Maldives.

Dr. Yongping Zhai
Chief of Energy Sector Group,
Asian Development Bank.

  Prof. Jinyue Yan
Editor-in-Chief of Applied Energy


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