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Special Issue "Alternative Fuels for the Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) 2013"

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A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 February 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Talal Yusaf (Website)

Executive Director USQ International and Development; University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland 4350, Australia
Fax: +61 7 4631 2526
Interests: renewable energy; biofuel; bioenergy; water treatment; microalgae; IC engines and emissions; biogas applications; energy recovery

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The recent increased demand for energy associated with conventional fossil fuel has drawn attention to issues such as high production costs, depletion and emissions. These problems are the main factors behind the focus on alternative fuels in recent years. Energy security is another factor driving the push toward alternative fuels and reducing the demand on exporting oil. It is important for alternative fuels to be renewable, have less impact on the environment and be compatible with currently available technology.
This special issue addresses the challenges associated with biofuel production and applications. Biofuels physical and chemical properties as well as their gaseous and particulate emission will be considered. State-of-the-art biotechnological methods for optimal biofuel production, technological achievements for biofuel-powered IC engines and future directions in biofuel research are also considered.

Dr. Talal Yusaf
Guest Editor

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Keywords

• biofuels productions
• biofuels from different agriculture sectors
• bio-fuel mechanical and chemical properties
• engine performance using different alternative fuels
• ethanol/Methanol in diesel engine
• energy-saving methods for waste engine oil recycling
• bio-lubricant
• economic optimization of biofuel powered IC engines
• energy optimization using alternative fuels
• green gas emission
• viability and sustainability of biofuels
• policy in biofuels promotions
• biogas - productions and applications

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Open AccessReview The Use of Artificial Neural Networks for Identifying Sustainable Biodiesel Feedstocks
Energies 2013, 6(8), 3764-3806; doi:10.3390/en6083764
Received: 20 May 2013 / Revised: 11 July 2013 / Accepted: 12 July 2013 / Published: 29 July 2013
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Over the past few decades, biodiesel produced from oilseed crops and animal fat is receiving much attention as a renewable and sustainable alternative for automobile engine fuels, and particularly petroleum diesel. However, current biodiesel production is heavily dependent on edible oil feedstocks [...] Read more.
Over the past few decades, biodiesel produced from oilseed crops and animal fat is receiving much attention as a renewable and sustainable alternative for automobile engine fuels, and particularly petroleum diesel. However, current biodiesel production is heavily dependent on edible oil feedstocks which are unlikely to be sustainable in the longer term due to the rising food prices and the concerns about automobile engine durability. Therefore, there is an urgent need for researchers to identify and develop sustainable biodiesel feedstocks which overcome the disadvantages of current ones. On the other hand, artificial neural network (ANN) modeling has been successfully used in recent years to gain new knowledge in various disciplines. The main goal of this article is to review recent literatures and assess the state of the art on the use of ANN as a modeling tool for future generation biodiesel feedstocks. Biodiesel feedstocks, production processes, chemical compositions, standards, physio-chemical properties and in-use performance are discussed. Limitations of current biodiesel feedstocks over future generation biodiesel feedstock have been identified. The application of ANN in modeling key biodiesel quality parameters and combustion performance in automobile engines is also discussed. This review has determined that ANN modeling has a high potential to contribute to the development of renewable energy systems by accelerating biodiesel research. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Alternative Fuels for the Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) 2013)

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