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Special Issue "The Impact of Feedstock on Property, Performance and Emissions of Biofuels"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2015)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Yuan-Chung (Oliver) Lin

Institute of Environmental Engineering, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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Interests: green energy (bio-fuel, organic/dye-sensitized solar cell, hydrogen…); energy-saved technology; reduction and reuse of solid waste; pollutant reduction; air toxicology; environmental hormone
Co-Guest Editor
Dr. Way Lee Cheng

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Doha, Qatar
Interests: Computational Fluid Dynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer, Multiphase Flows, Internal Combustion Engine

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Due to the rapid depletion fossil fuel resources and the resulting, ever-rising, energy cost, there is an increasing global interest in biofuels. Current efforts in biofuel research are focused in new feedstocks and next generation technologies for production. Meanwhile, there is also an urgent need for a thorough understanding on the effects of feedstocks on fuel compositions, which, in turns, causes variations in performance and emissions of biofuel-based engines or combustors.

For this Special Issue, we invite research papers that encourage further research in developing and improving the application of biofuels, to be used as the primary fuel in internal combustion engines, gas turbines, micro-turbines, industrial boilers, and other combustion devices. Articles that discuss, both theoretical and experimental, and the physical and chemical properties of biofuels are particularly welcome. Potential topics include, but not limited to:

  • Biodiesel
  • Bioalcohols
  • Chemical structures
  • Correlations between biofuel compositions and operational issues including starting ability, ignition, combustion, and performance
  • Connections between biofuel compositions and durability problems including injector coking, deposition formation, lubricating oil dilution, and piston ring sticking
  • Emission characteristics associated with feedstocks

Professor Yuan-Chung Lin
Dr. Way Lee Cheng
Guest Editors

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  • alternative fuel
  • biofuel
  • environmental sustainability
  • renewable energy
  • economic assessment of feedstocks
  • emission characteristics of biofuels

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Open AccessArticle An Evaluation of Holistic Sustainability Assessment Framework for Palm Oil Production in Malaysia
Sustainability 2015, 7(12), 16561-16587; https://doi.org/10.3390/su71215833
Received: 27 October 2015 / Revised: 6 December 2015 / Accepted: 10 December 2015 / Published: 16 December 2015
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Palm oil based biodiesel offers an alternative energy source that can reduce current dependence on conventional fossil fuels and may reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions depending on the type of feedstock and processes used. In the Malaysian context, the palm oil industry not
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Palm oil based biodiesel offers an alternative energy source that can reduce current dependence on conventional fossil fuels and may reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions depending on the type of feedstock and processes used. In the Malaysian context, the palm oil industry not only provides high-yield, renewable feedstock to the world, it brings socio-economic development to the Malaysian rural community and contributes to the national income. However, the sustainability of palm oil remains controversial, due to deforestation, pollution and social conflicts associated with its production. Sustainability assessment is vital for the palm oil industry to identify weaknesses, improve its sustainability performance and improve consumer confidence. This paper proposes a holistic sustainability assessment framework for palm oil production with the aim to address the weaknesses of existing palm oil sustainability assessment methods. It identifies environmental, social and economic Headline Performance Indicators, Key Performance Indicators and their Performance Measures in crude palm oil production in a structured framework. Each quantitative/semi-quantitative performance measure is translated into Likert Scale of 1–5, where 3 is the threshold value, 5 is the ideal condition, and 1 is the worst case scenario. Calculation methods were established for the framework to provide quantitative assessment results. The framework was tested using a hypothetical example with data from existing studies. The results suggest that crude palm oil production in Malaysia is below the sustainability threshold. Evaluations of this sustainability assessment framework also demonstrate that it is a comprehensive assessment method for assessing sustainability of feedstock for biofuel production. Full article

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