Special Issue "Advances in Environmental, Economic and Social Assessment of Energy Systems"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Economics and Policy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (6 December 2019).

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Dr. Diego Iribarren
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Systems Analysis Unit, IMDEA Energy, Av. Ramón de la Sagra 3, Móstoles E-28935, Spain
Interests: data envelopment analysis; energy systems modelling; life cycle assessment; life cycle costing; multi-criteria decision analysis; sustainability assessment
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Dear Colleagues,

The overall energy sector calls for a transformation from a fossil-based system to a low-carbon one. At a technology level, significant efforts are made to provide energy solutions contributing to a sustainable energy system. However, the actual suitability of these solutions is often not checked. In this sense, the assessment of energy systems from a life-cycle perspective is of paramount importance when it comes to effectively planning the energy sector. While environmental issues are commonly addressed through the use of the life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology, the comprehensive evaluation of the economic and social aspects of energy systems often remains ignored or underdeveloped. In fact, methodological advances in the field of energy systems are needed in order to facilitate sensible decision-making processes from a sustainability standpoint. For instance, significant efforts are needed to (i) enable the robust comparative life-cycle studies of energy technologies, (ii) evaluate socio-environmental external costs of energy technologies, (iii) evaluate the social life-cycle indicators of energy systems, (iv) develop energy models provided with life-cycle indicators for long-term energy planning, and (v) jointly interpret sustainability indicators within multi-dimensional and multi-criteria analyses.

This Special Issue welcomes scientific articles in the field of the life-cycle analysis of energy systems. These articles are expected to include a relevant methodological component by applying a novel methodological framework to relevant energy case studies. These case studies could refer to a technology, a set of technologies, or even a sector (electricity, transport, or the whole energy sector, within a given geographical scope). In addition to original articles addressing the LCA, life cycle costing (LCC), and/or social life cycle assessment (SLCA) of energy systems, works on the combination of life cycle and non-life cycle approaches for the thorough evaluation of energy systems are also welcome.

Dr. Diego Iribarren
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Carbon footprint assessment
  • Energy planning
  • Energy systems analysis
  • Energy systems modelling
  • External cost
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Life cycle costing
  • Life cycle sustainability assessment
  • Multi-criteria decision analysis
  • Prospective life cycle assessment
  • Social life cycle assessment
  • Sustainability assessment
  • Technology roadmapping

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Multi-Criteria and Life Cycle Assessment of Wood-Based Bioenergy Alternatives for Residential Heating: A Sustainability Analysis
Energies 2019, 12(22), 4391; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12224391 - 19 Nov 2019
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Moving towards a global bioeconomy can mitigate climate change and the depletion of fossil fuels. Within this context, this work applies a set of multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) tools to prioritise the selection of five alternative bioenergy systems for residential heating based on [...] Read more.
Moving towards a global bioeconomy can mitigate climate change and the depletion of fossil fuels. Within this context, this work applies a set of multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) tools to prioritise the selection of five alternative bioenergy systems for residential heating based on the combination of three commercial technologies (pellet, wood stove and traditional fireplace) and two different feedstocks (eucalypt and maritime pine species). Several combinations of MCDA methods and weighting approaches were compared to assess how much results can differ. Eight indicators were used for a sustainability assessment of the alternatives while four MCDA methods were applied for the prioritisation: Weighted Sum Method (WSM), Technique for Order of Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution (TOPSIS), Elimination and Choice Expressing Reality (ELECTRE), and Preference Ranking Organization Method for Enrichment Evaluation (PROMETHEE). Regarding the sustainability performance indicators, the highest environmental impacts were calculated for the fireplace alternatives, and there was not a best environmental option. Also, no clear trend was found for the economic and social dimensions. The application of MCDA tools shows that wood stove alternatives have the best sustainability performance, in particular wood stove with combustion of maritime pine logs (highest scores in the ranking). Regarding the worst alternative, fireplaces with combustion of eucalypt logs ranked last in all MCDA rankings. Finally, a sensitivity analysis for the weighting of the performance indicators confirmed wood stoves with combustion of maritime pine logs as the leading alternative and the key role of the analysts within this type of MCDA studies. Full article
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Adsorption Capacity of Organic Compounds Using Activated Carbons in Zinc Electrowinning
Energies 2019, 12(11), 2169; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12112169 - 06 Jun 2019
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The influence of adsorbate (D2EPHA and kerosene) on the process of zinc electrowinning from sulfuric acid electrolytes was analyzed. The main objective was to critically compare three factors: (1) Three types of activated carbon (AC); (2) adsorption temperatures and contact time; and (3) [...] Read more.
The influence of adsorbate (D2EPHA and kerosene) on the process of zinc electrowinning from sulfuric acid electrolytes was analyzed. The main objective was to critically compare three factors: (1) Three types of activated carbon (AC); (2) adsorption temperatures and contact time; and (3) zinc recovery efficiency. The results showed that organic components reduced the efficiency of zinc recovery. Moreover, wood-based ACs had a higher adsorption capacity than coal- and coconut-based ACs. To maintain a removal efficiency of 99% or more, wood-based ACs should constitute at least 60% of the adsorbate. The temperature of adsorption did not affect the removal efficiency. Additionally, the feeding rate of adsorbate in the solvent was inversely proportional to the removal efficiency. A feeding rate of the liquid pump of over 3 mL/min rapidly increased the delta pressure. For the same contact time, 99% of adsorbate removal occurred at 1 mL/min compared to approximately 97% at 0.5 mL/min. In the presence of 100 mg/L zinc, with increasing adsorbate from 0–5%, the recovery efficiency of zinc decreased from 100% to 0% and the energy consumption increased from 0.0017–0.003 kwh/kg zinc. Considering the energy consumption and zinc deposit mass, 0.1% of the adsorbate is recommended for zinc electrowinning. Full article
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