Special Issue "Sustainable Use of Biomass Energy"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2015)
Dr. Susan Krumdieck
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 364 2987
Interests: transportation; peak oil asset planning and risk analysis; travel behaviour adaptive capacity electricity supply sustainability; remote power systems; demand response geothermal transition engineering for emerging sustainability
Dr. Deepak Pant
Separation and Conversion Technology, VITO – Flemish Institute for Technological Research, Boeretang 200, Mol 2400, Belgium
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Interests: microbial electrosynthesis; enzymatic electrosynthesis; carbon dioxide conversion to chemicals; bioelectrochemistry; microbial fuel cell (MFC); industrial wastewater treatment; bioenergy from biomass; biowaste valorization
The production trajectory of fossil resources is understood to be in decline due to climate change mitigation requirements and the depletion of economically exploitable reserves. Biomass has always been a fundamentally important fuel, and remains the basis of energy systems for more than half of the world’s people. Industrial uses of biomass and biowaste for energy include fuel crops, wood waste, agricultural residues, municipal solid wastes, sewage sludge, and food wastes. Combined waste management and energy production values improve the prospects for biomass utilization. However, the sustainability of biomass energy conversion is a complex issue, dependent on the entire energy chain, from natural resources to energy conversion technologies, from pollution and end use, to demand.
This Special Issue seeks to collect together scientific, engineering, ecological, economic, and social research on the issues, risks, and real potential for biomass and biowaste as sustainable energy resources. There are many papers written about aspects of biomass energy potential and technology. This Special Issue will provide a platform for comprehensive discussions concerning the transition of the current fossil fuel energy systems, and the roles for biomass in that transition.
We already know that most of the world's population relies on native biomass - wood, grass or dung are utilized as fuel to meet daily needs. Consequently, the impact of management practices and industrialization on these systems needs to be explored. We already know that the profligate use of fossil fuels is not sustainable, and the relevance of biofuel for the way we use fossil fuels must be understood. The energy returns on the energy invested for biomass are critical, and we need a better understanding of the implications on the economy and society. Biomass for energy has major implications on water, land, and nutrient systems, and careful modeling methods, along with international case studies, must be shared for the science and engineering fields to contribute to the energy transition.
This Special Issue aims to take a very hard look at the prospects of biomass being able to meet demands derived from fossil carbon. The most welcome research papers will discuss the projects of transition of current fossil-based energy systems to ones that could sustainably use biomass resources. Biomass and biowaste energy vectors, such as bioethanol, bio-oil, biodiesel, biohydrogen, and bioelectricity from biowastes and biomass will be considered. Papers concerning the transition of end uses, economics, policy, and resource management research will be welcomed.Prof. Dr. Susan Krumdieck
Dr. Deepak Pant
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- sustainable biomass use rates
- bioenergy processes and utilization
- diffuse resource and collection issues
- diffuse resource and collection issues
- biomass policies
- energy return on energy invested (EROI, EREOI)
- bioelectrochemical Systems/Microbial fuel cells
- energy flow chain
- bioenergy systems integration
- biomass and biowaste feedback
- biomass and biowaste conversion technologies
- biowaste treatment and valorization
- water use
- soil, mineral and land requirements
- environmental issues
- health, social and economic wellbein
- food vs fuel