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Special Issue "Theoretical and Applicability Problems of Agricultural Engineering and Associated Research Areas—Sustainable Agricultural Engineering—Sustainable Biomass to Energy Conversion"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2017

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Józef Szlachta

Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Faculty of Life Sciences and Technology, Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Cełmońskiego 37a, 51-144 Wrocław, Poland
Phone: +48-407-1320-5731
Interests: sustainable agricultural engineering, development; energy; efficiency; environmental impact; economics; ecology; sustainable engineering and design

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue comprises selected papers from the XIV Conference, “Theoretical and Applicability Problems of Agricultural Engineering and Associated Research Areas (June 2017)”. Sustainability and sustainable development cover environmental, social, and economic dimensions, and require a multi-disciplinary approach in order to examine, explore, and critically engage with issues and advances in these and related areas. The XIV conference facilitated debates on theoretical and practical investigations, and allowed participants to “make a difference” through on-line discussions regarding the role of agricultural engineering for sustainable agriculture. In addition to covering the three pillars of sustainable development, other areas were covered, including renewable energy self-sufficiency, energy return-on-investment, governance and sustainability, sustainability assessment and policies, and remote sensing for sustainable management of land and biodiversity.

Sustainable agricultural engineering depends on a number of social, economic, technical and environmental, such as energy prices, fuel, labor, cultural change, air and water pollution and the costs of agricultural technology. Processing waste and agricultural residues into bioenergy is an important part of agricultural engineering. Conversion of biomass to energy is still the basis of renewable energy systems. Efforts are being made to search for new biomass resources and to improve processes in order to increase the efficiency of conversion techniques. At the same time, there are conflicting conclusions regarding the sustainability and environmental performance of existing strategies and techniques of bio-energy.

This Special Issue invites papers dealing with the various aspects of sustainability in agricultural engineering and bioenergy production, covering all integral technical chains from biomass production to residue management. Papers are preferably sought that critically examine the advantages and disadvantages of bioenergy concepts and techniques, by presenting pilot applications, desk-top reviews of case studies, proposal of analytical methods, and tools.

Papers selected for this Special Issue are subject to a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments and applications.

Topics of interests include, but are not restricted to:

  • sustainable problems of agricultural engineering in plant and animal production,
  • sustainable biomass resources,
  • sustainable technical processes for energetic conversion of biomass,
  • residue management after energetic conversion,
  • assessment of efficiency of energetic conversion,
  • socio-economic evaluation of bioenergy value chains,
  • life-cycle assessment of concepts,
  • analysis of trade-offs in bioenergy production.

Prof. Józef Szlachta
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • agricultural engineering
  • agricultural residues
  • biomass
  • energy crops
  • green waste
  • bioeconomy
  • ecosystem services
  • conversion efficiency

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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