About this Research Topic
Results from a series of recent studies support the use of biorefinery concepts to convert renewable feedstocks into liquid transportation fuels. Transformative biorefinery technologies can yield innovative solutions for challenges related to energy security, environment, and rural development. To improve energy efficiency and broaden the product portfolio of the bioprocesses, this article collection will focus on investigating the feasibility of generation of additional forms of renewable fuels (methane or methanol or electricity) from novel feedstocks. The Research Topic could also focus on energy and mass balance calculations to evaluate the feasibility of the biorefinery framework for treating the conventional feedstocks and its conversion to usable bioenergy. Therefore, the Editors encourage contributions related to three major areas:
1. Genome editing of microbes;
2. Synthetic and computational biology; and
3. Planning and sustainability of designed technologies
The main aim of this Research Topic is to collect original research and review articles with a critical opinion on(i) existing techniques of biorefinery; (ii) vision over future fuel types; and (iii) fate of renewable energies. One short communication will also be considered on any cutting-edge research exhibiting preliminary analysis and covering the unconventional feedstock or transformative approach in the field of bioenergy. The focus will be on highlighting those techniques and novel ideas which could be sustainable enough to produce renewable energies for the coming decades. Another emphasis will be on strengthening the research platform on needs and potentials of unconventional sources of renewable energy and fuel production. To cover this ever-expanding research field of renewable energies, the Topic Editors have planned to include articles from few major areas which are currently either underexplored or in the transition phase and have the potentials to be a game-changer .
In addition, the Topic Editors would like to include in the collection manuscripts covering novel insights on (i) reaction centers involved in the biochemical oxidation of greenhouse gases; (ii) key residues which could be targeted to produce higher titers of liquid fuels; and (iii) high-density biofuel and hydrocarbons. Original research and review articles focused on strengthening the foundation of converting the gaseous substrates, biological wastes, and industrial effluent into electricity or another form of bioenergy, will also be welcomed. With few articles on enzymatic saccharification technology, current development in this respective field will be covered. Please note that contributions should not be restricted to the conventional approach of pre-treatment followed by enzymatic hydrolysis. Novelty in this section will be testified based on sustainability of the proposed methodology, the potential to transform the existing biorefinery concept and commercialization feasibility. A review article may also be considered in this part to summarize the last developments made in this area.
For robust biorefinery approach, type and quality of feedstock play the core role, therefore, this Research Topic aims to include also articles on feedstock development. Preference will be given to articles focused on the genome editing, transcriptomic analysis or improvement in physical properties of unconventional feedstocks viz. algae, biological waste, marine waste etc.
Preference will be also given to manuscripts covering the life-cycle and techno-economic analysis of the biorefinery concept or other industrial design which may have the potential for the establishment of transformative research in the field of biofuel and/ or bioenergy production.
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.