Special Issue "Blue Energy"
A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 October 2020).
Interests: clean (mainly membrane-assisted) (bio)chemical processes and technologies; electro-membrane processes; water treatment, sustainable salinity gradient-based (“blue”) energy generation and/or storage
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Interests: Salinity gradient power (SGP) processes; water technologies, Computer-aided process modelling and optimisation; fluid flow characterization and prototype design, commissioning and operation; water treatment; brine re-use
Salinity gradient power (SGP) technologies nowadays represent novel and promising alternative sources of sustainable energy, obtainable from the controlled mixing of solutions with different salinities. Significant research efforts have been devoted to demonstrating the technological advances of already-proven technologies, such as reverse electrodialysis, pressure-retarded osmosis, capacitive mixing, as well as developing new (often hybrid) emerging processes. Research activities have spanned from fundamental theoretical analysis to the development of novel materials and from process modelling and optimisation to the demonstration of adequate technological feasibility/readiness levels through commissioning of the first pilot plants, operating in real environments, thus reaching the interest of a wider audience, including academics, industries and public authorities operating in the field of sustainable energy sources. This Special Issue will open the floor to introducing the most recent research activities carried out in the field of SGP technologies. The goal is to provide a shared knowledge platform, on which relevant advances are presented to the scientific and technological communities, with the hope of providing a robust and wide spectrum reference, thus acting as a stepping-stone for the future practical implementation of these new technologies.
- sustainable energy
- mixing entropy
- salinity gradient power
- energy from sea and saline brines
- energy from wastewaters
- reverse electrodialysis
- ion-exchange membranes
- pressure retarded osmosis
- osmotic membranes
- capacitive mixing
- flow batteries
- (bio)fuel cells
- mechanistic process modelling
- multivariate statistical modelling
- CFD simulations