Special Issue "Challenges in Alternative Energy"
A special issue of Challenges (ISSN 2078-1547).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 August 2013)
Alternate, or renewable energy science, engineering, deployment and policy are both dramatically changing globally, and in many regions scaling up significantly. At the same time, equally dramatic changes in other energy sectors -- including conventional and unconventional natural gas, the coal sector, nuclear energy -- are resetting the baseline energy cost and supply landscape. Questions of distributed versus centralized energy systems, evolving requirements for low-carbon energy, and the interactions of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and fossil energy systems, as well as the future of transmission and distribution, energy storage all impact the costs, benefits, and opportunities for alternate energy in the coming years and decades. Further, changes in hydropower availability due to other demands for water and due to climate change all impact the environment for alternate energy deployment. This special issue will provide a forum for the exploration of all of these issues, as well as the emerging systems science of the integration of both alternative, nuclear, and fossil-fuel energy systems.
Prof. Dr. Daniel M. Kammen
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- alternate and renewable energy
- energy science
- climate change
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Type of Paper: Article
Title: Biomass Incineration: Dirty, Expensive, and Not Sustainable
Author: Kristin Shrader-Frechette 1,2
Affiliation: 1. Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, 100 Galvin Life Sciences Center, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA; E-Mail: Kristin.Shrader-Frechette.firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Department of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, 100 Malloy Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA
Abstract: Those who claim biomass incineration is a clean, inexpensive, or sustainable energy technology are wrong, at least in the case of biofuels like Miscanthus. This paper argues for 5 main claims. (1) Burning biofuel crops like Miscanthus is far more hazardous to health than burning coal because of ultrafine-particulate pollution. (2) It is uneconomical partly because it is much cheaper for farmers to grow crops like soybeans. Also, (3) given climate-change-induced drought conditions, such crops often require irrigation, making biomass even less cost-effective. (4) Given the preceding problems, current biomass subsidies for crops like Miscanthus is neither economical nor ethical. (5) Wind and solar-photovoltaic are preferable to biomass energy both because they are cheaper and because they require no incineration and its dirty by-products.