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Modelling and environmental impact assessment of processes and energy technologies

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
2.03.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Energy engineering   
2.02.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Chemical engineering   

Code Science Field
T140  Technological sciences  Energy research 

Code Science Field
2.03  Engineering and Technology  Mechanical engineering 
2.04  Engineering and Technology  Chemical engineering  
Energetics, modelling, energetics systems, energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, GHG emissions, Life Cycle Analysis, radioactivity, education, ship power plant, waste heat, cogeneration, safety, risk, alternative fuel
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on November 28, 2023; A3 for period 2017-2021
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender , archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  230  4,490  4,020  17.48 
Scopus  285  5,301  4,775  16.75 
Researchers (17)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  11202  PhD Fouad Al-Mansour  Energy engineering  Researcher  2018 - 2023  206 
2.  15534  MSc Jure Čižman  Mechanical design  Technical associate  2018 - 2023  79 
3.  35331  Marko Đorić    Technical associate  2018 - 2023  84 
4.  54201  Tadeja Janša    Technical associate  2020 - 2023 
5.  18292  PhD Marko Kovač  Materials science and technology  Technical associate  2020 - 2023  169 
6.  29346  PhD Blaž Luin  Traffic systems  Researcher  2019 - 2023  123 
7.  23297  PhD Marko Matkovič  Energy engineering  Researcher  2020 - 2023  146 
8.  17760  MSc Stane Merše  Energy engineering  Technical associate  2018 - 2023  426 
9.  05101  PhD Stojan Petelin  Traffic systems  Retired researcher  2018 - 2023  650 
10.  31693  PhD Matevž Pušnik  Energy engineering  Researcher  2018 - 2023  116 
11.  50508  PhD Leja Rovan  Energy engineering  Researcher  2018 - 2023  43 
12.  08945  PhD Borut Smodiš  Control and care of the environment  Head  2018 - 2023  494 
13.  10971  MSc Damir Staničić  Energy engineering  Technical associate  2018 - 2023  167 
14.  35578  PhD Gašper Stegnar  Energy engineering  Technical associate  2018 - 2023  111 
15.  32326  PhD Boris Sučić  Energy engineering  Technical associate  2018 - 2023  166 
16.  28486  PhD Marko Štrok  Energy engineering  Researcher  2018 - 2023  356 
17.  05809  MSc Andreja Urbančič  Energy engineering  Technical associate  2018 - 2023  309 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0106  Jožef Stefan Institute  Ljubljana  5051606000  88,063 
2.  0600  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport  Portorož  1627015000  6,547 
In the scope of the proposed research work a national reference model for energy planning up to 2050 will be developed. The model will be based on modern approaches to integrated resource planning using bottom-up methodology. The new model will include sectoral sub-models to address new technologies and different policy levels. Also, technology penetration model and market model of electricity supply up to 2050 will be developed. Connectivity with other models will be assured through the integration platform, linking national reference energy model with macroeconomic models and geographic information systems. Contextual models of energy use for different purposes (industry, construction), based on modern mathematical approaches will be developed. Industrial contextual model of energy use for long-term production planning will be based on neural networks. For user behaviour modelling in buildings, contextual models based on based on genetic algorithms and fuzzy logic will be developed. Ways to upgrade the contextual models for industry by using life-cycle analysis methods will be explored. LCA method will be used for the quantification of material, energy and emission flows related to specific products, services or processes.   New analytical methods and procedures, which are serving as a support in assessments and modelling of the impact of energetics systems onto the environment, will be developed. These activities will involve development of new mass spectrometry methods for the determination of isotope composition of heavy metals, optimization and automation of existing radiochemical methods, development of new mass spectrometry methods for long-lived radionuclides and development of new sensor technologies. New educational tools in the frame of interactive modular video materials will be also developed. This will enable more efficient preparation of training courses in the field of analytical radiochemistry and more efficient education of targeted groups of researchers and nuclear experts.   The operation of typical shipping plants will be analysed with regard to energy consumption and environmental impact. Based on the results of simulations and energy consumption measurements, we will propose a new design of ship concept with lower energy consumption and lower environmental impact and the possibility of using DC power instead of AC, followed by international constraints in the form of regulations and directives. In shipping, the risks to humans and the environment is significantly increased in comparison with the daily activities on the land. The purpose of the research of risk analysis is to show how to implement technologically advanced model evacuation reduces the risk of potential accidents in potentially hazardous marine systems, such as gas LNG terminal.
Significance for science
Research work, performed by the programme group, is of great scientific significance for the development of models and programme tools for system analysis in energy (integrated energy – environment systems), system algorithms for determination of energy use by economic sectors (industry, households, services sector, transport) and selection of strategy of sustainable development at a regional level. An important contribution to science is also related to research work in the field of advanced energy management systems based on which an extensive collaboration with industrial environments has been established. Developing new methods and concepts for energy consumption forecasting and the use of contextual models falls within the scope of research in the field of artificial intelligence, big data processing and the integration of technologies (IoT). Results of the previous work have shown correctness of research directions, confirmed by previously concluded and currently running research and applicative projects in the framework of EU research programmes. Intensive inclusion in international projects is expected also in the future.   New tools for the assessment and modelling of environmental effects of energetics systems will be developed and applied. This will importantly contribute to better understanding of the problematics of impact of such important systems for the economy and country onto the environment, as accurate assessment of impacts is prerequisite for their efficient reduction. Proposed research of new sensor technologies for radionuclides will enable development of new research fields and technologies. New educational tools will enable more efficient and more available education of new staff. LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminals represent significant risk for employees. In case of LNG leakage accident, it is therefore a need to design an efficient evacuation model that would apply to both inside and outside of the enclosed part of the terminal. Such a model, to be developed within the programme, will increase the safety by decreasing the risk for the people working within the threatened terminal perimeter.
Significance for the country
Modelling of national energy systems has an important impact on economic development, ?since models are used as a basis for the preparation of key strategic documents, fostering ?energy consumption reduction, lowering costs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Many ?strategic documents are based on the use of such models, for example, long-term energy ?balances, national action plans for EE and RES, etc. Research in the field of contextual models is in the scope of recognized priority areas for the ?development of Slovenian industry, highlighted in the Slovenian Strategy for Smart ?Specialization adopted in 2015. In the Strategy, it is stated that the modernization and ?digitization of industrial manufacturing processes and the management of the entire production ?cycle is of crucial importance for Slovenian economy. A detailed description of processes enriched with LCA analysis allows ?economic entities a better position in the demanding international markets where ?environmental footprint fosters competitiveness advantage. Wider integration ?of advanced energy management systems is expected in the near future, especially in the ?scope of the transition towards a new sustainable development paradigm Industry 4.0.? The research will have big impact on the future socioeconomic and cultural development of ?Slovenia because sustainability and environmental concern are playing key role in a ?competitive, successful and sustainable society. The proposed ?research will allow Slovenia competitive advantage because it will allow for better management ?of its resources.?   Research programme pays much attention to the development and education of new human resources in the fields it addresses. Thus, it importantly contributes to the development of society and maintaining of high level of knowledge on radioactivity in the environment. Highly competent human resources are important for the public administration since Slovenia, as a nuclear country, is obliged to maintain sufficient capacity in the field of nuclear safety. The proposed research programme allows for maintaining and ?development of highly educated scientists and professionals in energy ?technologies. The program group namely continues with EUREM educational program that ?focuses on the acquisition of skills required for the implementation of energy efficiency ?measures. Up to now, 190 European energy managers have successfully completed EUREM ?educational program. The programme group members actively participate in international projects and are integrated within the international division of work. They have direct access to foreign knowledge via memberships in international societies, participation at international conferences and established international cooperation. In addition, they have important influence on the reputation and promotion of the country via participation in numerous IAEA activities, international conferences, workshops, preparation of training courses and hosting of numerous international scientists and students.   In Slovenia there are companies that are working on a development of advanced IT and technological equipment used in the industry. The technologically advanced evacuation model for LNG terminals could be added on the list of Slovenian products, which would be ranked high in the world level, when the safety of people in and around the LNG terminals or other potentially danger plant is in question.
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