Research Topic

Thermochemical Conversion of Biomass and Waste Solid Streams to Energy and Fuels: Modelling and Process Optimization

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Current production of energy heavily relies on fossil fuels. Fossil fuel resources are localized, and they contribute towards many adverse health and environmental effects during their exploration, transportation, and processing. There is therefore a need to exploit natural waste resources such as lignocellulosic biomass, aquatic biomass and other waste streams such as municipal solid waste (MSW), waste plastics etc., that are generated during human consumption and utilization of various products and services. Energy recovery from these available low-cost waste materials can solve many environmental issues and limit the negative impact of energy and material supply based on non-renewable resources.

The aim of this Research Topics is to gather outstanding contributions on this theme, and become a reference to further development of waste to energy (W2E). Overall, we are looking for contributions that bring innovation to the field in terms of both applications and methods, with short and long-term time scales in mind. Original Research, Review, Opinion and Perspective papers are welcome. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Thermochemical processes for aquatic biomass, waste plastics and MSW conversion to hydrogen and syngas
• Thermochemical process modeling for energy recovery from biomasses, waste fractions and their mixture
• Process optimization and integration for energy recovery from aquatic biomass and waste fractions
• Hydrogen from biomass and plastic waste
• Prediction of biomass decomposition behavior using artificial intelligence (AI)


Keywords: Hydrogen, system modeling, Thermodynamical, syngas, optimization


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Current production of energy heavily relies on fossil fuels. Fossil fuel resources are localized, and they contribute towards many adverse health and environmental effects during their exploration, transportation, and processing. There is therefore a need to exploit natural waste resources such as lignocellulosic biomass, aquatic biomass and other waste streams such as municipal solid waste (MSW), waste plastics etc., that are generated during human consumption and utilization of various products and services. Energy recovery from these available low-cost waste materials can solve many environmental issues and limit the negative impact of energy and material supply based on non-renewable resources.

The aim of this Research Topics is to gather outstanding contributions on this theme, and become a reference to further development of waste to energy (W2E). Overall, we are looking for contributions that bring innovation to the field in terms of both applications and methods, with short and long-term time scales in mind. Original Research, Review, Opinion and Perspective papers are welcome. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Thermochemical processes for aquatic biomass, waste plastics and MSW conversion to hydrogen and syngas
• Thermochemical process modeling for energy recovery from biomasses, waste fractions and their mixture
• Process optimization and integration for energy recovery from aquatic biomass and waste fractions
• Hydrogen from biomass and plastic waste
• Prediction of biomass decomposition behavior using artificial intelligence (AI)


Keywords: Hydrogen, system modeling, Thermodynamical, syngas, optimization


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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20 January 2021 Abstract
28 April 2021 Manuscript

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20 January 2021 Abstract
28 April 2021 Manuscript

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