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Manuscript Submission Deadline 23 November 2022

The Specialty Chief Editors of ‘Frontiers in Energy Research’ are delighted to launch a new series of Research Topics entitled Editor's Challenge. Submissions are exclusively from the editorial board and aim to engage discussions to highlight current challenges and solutions across the field.

The large-scale adaptation of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies is inevitable to achieve the grand 1.5˚C vision by 2050. The ambitious outlooks urge the revolutionary development of CCUS, thus raising unprecedented challenges facing its implementations. The theories, methodologies, techniques, and systems of CCUS must be further improved to turn these grand goals into practical promises that significantly mitigate carbon dioxide (CO2) emission. For CO2 capture, developing energy- and cost-saving techniques for industrial flue gas decarbonization, proposing feasible methods for CO2 collection from mobile sources, removing ultra-diluted CO2 from ambient environment and combining bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) to achieve negative emission are primary challenges. For CO2 utilization, it is critical to evaluate the potential of traditional utilization pathways, e.g., CO2 enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR), improve the efficiency of converting CO2 into fuels/chemicals/raw materials. For CO2 storage, predominant challenges include specifying the storage capacity of geological formations, monitoring the long-term stability of stored carbon, and accelerating the CO2 mineralization process to ensure it is within a climate change-relevant timescale. Governmental support and public acceptance, which are insufficient or unidentified, are also indispensable to incentivize the implementation of CCUS.

The Editor’s Challenge Research Topic is thus launched to address updated challenges and opportunities for the further development of CCUS. Manuscripts covering but not limited to the following topics may raise wide interests among the CCUS community.

• Carbon capture from industrial flue gas, including pre-combustion capture, post-combustion capture, oxy-combustion techniques, etc.;
• Carbon capture from dispersed and/or diluted sources;
• Safe and efficient transportation of pressurized CO2;
• Geological conditions and product stability for CO2 storage;
• Conversion of CO2 into chemicals/fuels/raw materials;
• Advanced use of geologically and biologically stored carbon.

Keywords: Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS), Carbon dioxide (CO2), Carbon emission, Climate change, Editor’s Challenge


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.

The Specialty Chief Editors of ‘Frontiers in Energy Research’ are delighted to launch a new series of Research Topics entitled Editor's Challenge. Submissions are exclusively from the editorial board and aim to engage discussions to highlight current challenges and solutions across the field.

The large-scale adaptation of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies is inevitable to achieve the grand 1.5˚C vision by 2050. The ambitious outlooks urge the revolutionary development of CCUS, thus raising unprecedented challenges facing its implementations. The theories, methodologies, techniques, and systems of CCUS must be further improved to turn these grand goals into practical promises that significantly mitigate carbon dioxide (CO2) emission. For CO2 capture, developing energy- and cost-saving techniques for industrial flue gas decarbonization, proposing feasible methods for CO2 collection from mobile sources, removing ultra-diluted CO2 from ambient environment and combining bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) to achieve negative emission are primary challenges. For CO2 utilization, it is critical to evaluate the potential of traditional utilization pathways, e.g., CO2 enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR), improve the efficiency of converting CO2 into fuels/chemicals/raw materials. For CO2 storage, predominant challenges include specifying the storage capacity of geological formations, monitoring the long-term stability of stored carbon, and accelerating the CO2 mineralization process to ensure it is within a climate change-relevant timescale. Governmental support and public acceptance, which are insufficient or unidentified, are also indispensable to incentivize the implementation of CCUS.

The Editor’s Challenge Research Topic is thus launched to address updated challenges and opportunities for the further development of CCUS. Manuscripts covering but not limited to the following topics may raise wide interests among the CCUS community.

• Carbon capture from industrial flue gas, including pre-combustion capture, post-combustion capture, oxy-combustion techniques, etc.;
• Carbon capture from dispersed and/or diluted sources;
• Safe and efficient transportation of pressurized CO2;
• Geological conditions and product stability for CO2 storage;
• Conversion of CO2 into chemicals/fuels/raw materials;
• Advanced use of geologically and biologically stored carbon.

Keywords: Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS), Carbon dioxide (CO2), Carbon emission, Climate change, Editor’s Challenge


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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