About this Research Topic
It is necessary to prioritize emerging technologies and processes that accelerate the transition from the use of fossil fuels to the use of renewable energy resources to solve future global energy needs, as well as to protect and/or rehabilitate the natural environment. Thus, energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies are the core elements of that transition, and their synergies play an important role to solve real-world problems. On the other hand, huge quantities of waste biomasses are being generated daily around the world by wastewater treatment plants, livestock farms, cattle slaughterhouses, the food industry, agriculture, etc. The treatment and management of these sources of waste is an environmental and social challenge facing most nations. However, in another context, these wastes can be considered as essential raw materials for major waste to energy (WtE) projects.
Considering the world's energy demand crisis, waste management and disposal, global warming, and fossil fuel depletion, this Research Topic has been developed to find and publish research and systematic review works that can offer advanced solutions or orientations to simultaneously reduce waste biomass and to create a sustainable energy source as this can be a step in contributing/fulfilling the current knowledge gap between energy, the environment and climate change.
In this Research Topic, the editorial team particularly welcomes Original Research and Review manuscripts that deal with technology related topics which focus on waste biomass to energy conversion. Specific themes of interest include, but are not limited to, the following list:
- Waste biomass characterization and pre-treatment options
- Application of stand-alone and hybrid WtE technologies for enhanced energy recovery
- Design, process control and process failure analysis in WtE technologies
- Optimization of process parameters, environmental conditions and downstream processes
- Process intensification, life cycle impact analysis and techno-economic analysis of WtE technologies
Keywords: process design, optimization, renewable energy, waste biomass, biorefinery, waste to energy (WtE) technologies
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