Call for Papers | Applied Energy Special Issue: Advances on Space Energy

25 December, 2019

​The depletion of conventional energy resources, including coal, oil and natural gas, has been forecast and concerned in modern society. The observable effects of global climate change as a result of conventional energy consuming, like melting glaciers, rising sea level and extreme weathers, have been witnessed more significantly over time. However, the fossil energy is still the main supply to our society due to the technique limit and economic benefits. A way out of the resource dilemma, to step into the 2.0 era of resource utilization and to break through the limit of exploration of our living space, is to investigate and develop space energy as an alternative. The Chinese Lunar Exploration Program (Chang’e project) and American NASA’s Exploration Campaign “Back to the Moon and on to Mars” both are very ambitious for this.


Numerous publications have been reported focusing on space energy and most of them are using observational, experimental and analyzing approaches. There remains still a long journey for us to put these into practice, and some fundamental work needs to be accomplished step by step. For example, the exploitation of rare materials from asteroids, like Helium 3 spreading on the surface of Moon, is a hot spot currently in this field and this spreading is often considered as a consequence of solar wind and transport in porous media, which can be modeled decently. This special issue aims to build more collective engagements among compound talents of the wide areas: applied mathematics, petroleum engineering, computational geoscience and astronomical studies, and to highlight the current developments and to insight future studies. Both original research and review studies related to this topic are invited, particularly including but not limited to the following fields:

  • Novel mathematical models describing the planetary physical phenomenon
  • History inversion to investigate planetary evolution process
  • Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) method and its application in
  • Reservoir prediction on outer space planets
  • Space energy storage and transportation
  • Magneto hydro dynamic methods and its application on investigating Helium-3
  • Non-isothermal phase equilibrium studies for planetary impacts
  • Astronomical observations and planet visualization​


Editor in Chief:

Prof. Jinyue Yan, Royal Institute of Technology and Mälardalen University, Sweden.


Managing Guest Editor:

Prof. Shuyu Sun, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia


Guest Editors:

Prof. Abbas Firoozabadi, Yale University, United States

Prof. Zhangxing (John) Chen, University of Calgary, Canada

Prof. Yun Liu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Prof. Yongchun Zheng, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China


Submission Format and Guideline

This Special Issue solicits both original research and review studies related to advanced investigations of space energy. All submitted papers must be clearly written in excellent English and contain original or review work, which has not been published or is currently under review by any other journals or conferences. Papers must not exceed 25 pages (one-column, at least 11pt fonts) including figures, tables, and references. A detailed submission guideline is available as “Guide to Authors” at:

All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through Elsevier Editorial System (EES):

Authors must select “VSI: Space Energy” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process.


Important Dates

First submission date: December 15, 2019

Paper submission deadline: April 15, 2020 with possible extension (but no later than August 15, 2020)

Final decision notification: January 15, 2021

Publication: February, 2021

Please note: We will close the submission of this special issue on April 15th, 2020, if enough submissions have been received and the quality of these papers meets our expectation. Otherwise we might extend the submission deadline for some time but no later than August 15th, 2020.  



Prof. Shuyu Sun,

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia