Special Issue "Alternative Energy Sources"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 August 2020).
Interests: energetic efficiency of fuels; production of biofuels; energetic aspects of materials production and recycling; energetic aspects of sustainable development
The use of fossil fuels caused enormous progress in the development of civilization in the 20th century. Fossil fuels, providing an easy availability and abundance of energy, were the main factors assuring the creation and development of modern technologies.
Actually, the world’s economy is confronted with several problems associated with the present state of fossil fuel exploitation, as well as challenges associated with an increasing demand for energy. Increased atmospheric pollution, widely discussed effects of carbon dioxide emission, etc., are on one side of the problem. The other side is the unavoidable exhaustion of fossil resources themselves.
Efforts undertaken under the name "energy efficiency", tending to optimize the productivity of energy being consumed, are very important, but physically limited.
The mitigation of energy consumption by limiting the access to the energy resources seems to be unacceptable since it would result in stagnation or even regression in the global economy, and would cause a world-wide decrease in standard of life.
Consequently, the search for new resources as well as the development of corresponding technologies is needed. In fact, substantial achievements in this direction have already been made.
It is difficult to imagine instantaneous world-wide transfer to any new technology. Progress must be achieved by the gradual replacement of the old resources and technologies with developing ones. It would be nice to avoid big mistakes involving attempts to develop routes that go nowhere. Therefore, there is a need for a wide spectrum of research on alternative resources, including renewable ones, as well as those that seem to be inexhaustible (solar energy is one such example, but resources enabling the construction of appropriate converters are more or less limited).
One of the important factors is the energetic efficiency of the harvesting and exploitation of energy derived from both fossil and alternative resources. It can be expressed as a ratio of energy delivered by the converting system to the sum of energy fluxes consumed by that system in order to assure its functioning. The search for conversion routes that consume only a small part of the energy being delivered is perhaps the biggest challenge for technological development.
The present Issue is devoted to topics that reveal the state-of-the-art in the knowledge and technological development in all of the aspects discussed above. Papers concerning existing as well as novel concepts are highly welcome.
Prof. Dr. Andrzej Wasiak
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- alternative energy
- renewable energy
- energetic efficiency
- energy productivity
- carbon dioxide
- alternative fuels