About this Research Topic
Energy recovery from waste resources holds a significant role in the sustainable waste management hierarchy to support the concept of circular economies and to mitigate the challenges of waste originated problems of sanitation, environment, and public health. Today, waste disposal to landfills is the most widely used methodology, particularly in the developing countries, because of limited budgets and lack of efficient infrastructure and facilities to maintain efficient global standards. Therefore, the dump-sites or non-sanitary landfills are the source of significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, soil and water contamination, unpleasant odors, leachate, and disease spreading vectors, flies, and rodents. However, waste can be a potential source of energy, fuels, and value-added products, if appropriately and wisely managed.
This special issue will focus on the development of emerging waste-to-energy technologies, practical implementation, and lessons learned from sustainable waste management practices under waste biorefinery concept that will accelerate the development of circular economies in the world.
The editors encourage submissions of original research articles, short communications, industrial and country/region case studies, and review articles that cover the following topics:
• Thermal treatment of waste (e.g. incineration, pyrolysis, gasification, plasma arc gasification, etc.).
• Biological and chemical treatment of waste (e.g. anaerobic digestion, composting, microbial fuel cell, fermentation, transesterification, etc.).
• Waste biorefineries (e.g. organic waste biorefinery, agricultural and forestry waste biorefinery, etc.).
• The role of advanced materials including catalysts in waste to energy technologies.
Keywords: Waste-to-energy, Waste biorefinery, Green Products, Biofuels, Bioenergy
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