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Special Issue "Sustainable Utilization of Waste Heat"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr.-Ing. Florian Heberle

Department of Engineering Thermodynamics and Transport Processes (LTTT), Center of Energy Technology (ZET), University of Bayreuth
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Interests: thermodynamics; heat transfer; energy efficiency; organic Rankine cycle; Kalina cycle; heat pumps; waste heat recovery; renewable energy; geothermal; hybrid power plants; thermoeconomic analysis; life cycle assessment
Guest Editor
Dr.-Ing. Markus Preißinger

Illwerke vkw Endowed Professor for Energy Efficiency, Energy Research Center, University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg, Austria
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Interests: thermodynamics; thermoeconomics; Organic Rankine Cycle; industrial waste heat recovery; optimization of thermal processes; energy efficiency in mobile applications; thermal (waste) water treatment; desalination; humidification dehumidification technology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The efficient and sustainable utilization of energy is a crucial aspect to reduce global Green House Gas emissions in such quantity to reach the goals of the 2015 COP21 Paris climate agreement. Hereby, waste heat is an unconventional and often neglected energy source, which has a high recovery potential throughout different countries and sectors. Several studies confirm, for example, huge amounts of industrial waste heat with temperatures ranging from as low as 50 °C up to as high as 1000 °C. Further waste heat potentials can be found for stationary and mobile internal combustion engines, e.g., in the truck and automotive industry.

In the last decades, different technologies have been proposed to recover the aforementioned thermal energy: electricity generation, direct utilization or thermal water treatment systems, just to name a few. Researchers mostly focused on theoretical or experimental studies, dealing with thermodynamic and constructional aspects. However, sustainable systems have to cover a broad range of additional characteristics such as environmental, economic and social aspects.

Therefore, this Special Issue aims to investigate the recovery of waste heat from industrial sites as well as from mobile and stationary internal combustion engines from a more holistic point of view.

Contributions within this Special Issue may address the following methods:

  • Definition and application of novel sustainability parameters
  • Multi-criteria evaluation including sustainability factors
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Life Cycle Cost Analysis
  • Thermoeconomic evaluation

The Special Issue favours, but is not limited to, contributions dealing with the following technologies:

  • Thermodynamic power cycles (e.g., Organic Rankine Cycle, Rankine Cycle, Kalina Cycle)
  • Thermal water treatment systems (e.g., humidification cycles, distillation processes)
  • Refrigeration cycles (e.g., absorption cycles) and heat pumps
  • District heating systems
  • Heat to X technologies in general

We believe that this Special Issue can provide a broad overview of waste heat recovery from the perspective of sustainability and we are looking forward to your contribution.

Dr.-Ing. Florian Heberle
Dr.-Ing. Markus Preißinger
Guest Editors

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.


  • waste heat recovery
  • thermodynamics
  • thermoeconomics
  • sustainable processes
  • thermal processes
  • Organic Rankine Cycle
  • refrigeration
  • water treatment systems

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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