The mission of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews is to communicate the most interesting and relevant critical thinking in renewable and sustainable energy in order to bring together the research community, the private sector and policy and decision makers. The aim of the journal is to share problems, solutions, novel ideas and technologies to support the transition to a low carbon future and achieve our global emissions targets as established by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews publishes review papers, original research, case studies and new technology analyses that have a significant review element, which may take the form of a critique, comparison, or analysis. The journal also publishes a new paper type, Expert Insights, which are commissioned mini-reviews from field leaders on topics of significant interest. Case studies will only be considered if they also demonstrate the applicability of the work to other regions and/or inform the broader field of renewable and sustainable energy. A bibliographic or literature review, without critical thinking is not considered suitable.

The journal considers articles on the following themes, provided the link to renewable and sustainable energy is clear and thoroughly examined:

Energy resources - bioresources (e.g. biomass, waste), fossil fuels (including natural gas), geothermal, hydrogen, hydropower, nuclear, marine and ocean energy, solar and wind

Applications - buildings, industry and transport

Utilization - batteries, conversion technologies, fuel cells, storage technologies, technical developments and technology scaling

Environment - atmosphere, climate issues, meteorology, mitigation technologies (e.g. carbon capture and storage (CCS), carbon capture and utilization (CCU), solar radiation management)

Techno-socio-economic aspects - health, industry, policy, political, regulatory, social (e.g. access, education, equality, equity)

Systems - carbon accounting, energy-food-water nexus, energy modelling, life cycle assessment (LCA), nutrient-energy-water (NEW) nexus, smart infrastructure

Sustainability - the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs)

Editorial board


  • Aoife M. Foley
    Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom

Associate Editors

Agriculture, Biofuels, and LCA

  • Catherine Brewer
    New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States

Automotive Engineering Systems

  • Xiaosong Hu
    Chongqing University, Chongqing, China

Bioenergy, Waste to Energy, Biomass

  • Abdul-Sattar Nizami
    Government College University Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan

Buildings and Built Environment

  • Taehoon Hong
    Yonsei University Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering, Seoul, Korea, Republic of


  • Martin Schiemann
    Ruhr University Bochum, Bochum, Germany

Policy, Economics, Biomass, Solar Thermal

  • Sotirios Karellas
    National Technical University Of Athens Laboratory of Steam Boilers and Thermal Plants, Zografou, Greece

Power Systems

  • Songyan Wang
    Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China

Solar PV, Solar Thermal, Solar Integration, Solar Materials, Solar Heating and Cooling

  • Yanjun DAI
    Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China

Solar Photovoltaics and Solar Energy

  • Simon Philipps
    Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Freiburg, Germany


  • Brian Caulfield
    The University of Dublin Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Wind Energy

  • Paul Leahy
    University College Cork National University of Ireland, Cork, Ireland

Assistant Editor

  • Dlzar Al Kez
    Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom

Editorial Board Members

Air pollution, Greenhouse Gas & Climate Policy

  • Xi Lu
    Tsinghua University, Beijing, China


  • Lise Appels
    KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  • Suani Teixeira Coelho
    University of Sao Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil


  • Purushothaman Abhilash
    Banaras Hindu University Institute of Environment & Sustainable Development, Varanasi, India
  • Shurong Wang
    Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

Carbon Fluxes

  • John D Albertson
    Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, United States

Biomass and Solar

  • Abdul Ghani Olabi
    University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Carbon Materials, and Catalysts

  • Michela Alfe
    Institute for Research on Combustion (IRC), Napoli, Italy

Buildings, Construction and Architecture

  • Jian Zuo
    The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Buildings and Energy Efficiency

  • Lola Ben-Alon
    Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, New York, New York, United States

Energy Consumer Behaviour

  • Yael Parag
    Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Herzliya, Israel

Energy Economics and Financing

  • Ilhan Ozturk
    Cag University, Tarsus, Turkey

Energy Modelling, Optimisation, Policy and Markets

  • Reinhard Haas
    TU Wien University, Wien, Austria
  • Denis Sidorov DSc habil.
    L A Melentiev Institute of Power Engineering Systems Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and ESI, Russian Academy of Sciences, Irkutsk, Russian Federation

Heat Transfer

  • Qiuwang Wang
    Xi'an Jiaotong University School of Energy and Power Engineering, Xian, China

Hydrogen Energy

  • Faik Bilgili
    Erciyes University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Kayseri, Turkey
  • Andreas W. Schäfer
    University College London, London, United Kingdom

Hydrogen, Waste to Energy and Sustainable Energy

  • Yong Sik Ok
    Korea University, Korea Biochar Research Center, Chuncheon, Korea, Republic of

Infrastructure and Society

  • Lindsay C. Beevers
    Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Marine Energy

  • AbuBakr S. Bahaj
    University of Southampton, Southampton City, United Kingdom
  • Barbara Zanuttigh
    University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy


  • Chaoying Wan
    University of Warwick International Institute for Nanocomposites Manufacturing, Warwick, United Kingdom

Policy and Assessment

  • Douglas J. Arent
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado, United States

Ocean Atmosphere Interactions and Ocean Energy

  • António Franco de Oliveira Falcão
    University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Mark Jentsch
    Bauhaus University Weimar, Weimar, Germany
  • Kieran O'Driscoll
    Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Noam Lior
    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Wanan Sheng
    SW MARE Marine Technology, Cork, Ireland

Renewable Energy Infrastructure

  • Leyla Ozgener
    Manisa Celal Bayar University, Manisa, Turkey

Renewable Energy Integration

  • Gareth Harrison
    The University of Edinburgh School of Engineering, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Renewable Energy and Power Systems

  • Xiangjun Li
    China Electric Power Research Institute, Energy Storage and Electro-technics Department, Beijing, China
  • Ju Ping
    Hohai University College of Energy and Electrical Engineering, Nanjing, China

Resource Assessment and Solar

  • David Renne
    Dave Renne Renewables, Boulder, Colorado, United States

Smart Cities

  • Diana Reckien
    University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands

Smart Grids and Power Systems

  • Liana Cipcigan
    Cardiff University Cardiff School of Engineering, Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • Qinglai Guo
    Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
  • George Kariniotakis
    MINES ParisTech - Sophia Antipolis Campus, Sophia Antipolis Cedex, France

Solar Thermal

  • Brian Norton
    Technological University Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

Solar Photovoltaics and Solar Energy

  • Joshua Pearce
    Michigan Technological University Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Houghton, Michigan, United States

Stochastic Optimisation in Energy Systems

  • Antonino Marvuglia
    Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

Subsurface Resource, Sustainability, Techno-Socio-Economic Assessment

  • Ray (Zhenhua) Rui
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States


  • Haifeng Dai
    Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Turbomachinery, Combustion and Renewable Energy

  • Patrick Hendrick
    ULB, Bruxelles, Belgium

Water, Hydraulics and Hydropower

  • Li He
    Tianjin University, Tianjin, China


  • Robert W. Thresher
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado, United States

Wind Energy and Energy Forecasting

  • Jethro Browell
    University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom