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Special Issue "Selected Papers from PRES 2018: The 21st Conference on Process Integration, Modelling and Optimisation for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jiří Jaromír Klemeš

Sustainable Process Integration Laboratory (SPIL), NETME CENTRE, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology - VUT Brno, Technická 2896/2, 616 00 Brno, Czech Republic
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Interests: Process Integration

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Energy use and emissions should be accompanied by measures for their reduction. This is in the focus of the series of conferences, PRES (Conference on Process Integration for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction), a major annual forum dedicated to the exchange of knowledge and networking. The 21st conference—PRES 2018, will take place in Prague, 25–29 August, 2018. The conference targets a wide range of topics related to energy supply, conversion and use, for improvement of the efficiency and sustainability of the concerned activities. Some of the topics include:

  • Process Integration for sustainable development
  • Process analysis, modelling and optimisation
  • Total Site Integration
  • Heat transfer and heat exchangers
  • Energy saving and clean technologies
  • Sustainable processing and production
  • Renewable and high efficiency utility systems
  • Footprint minimisation and mitigation
  • Operations and supply chain management
  • Numerical fluid flow and heat transfer simulation
  • Work and Heat Exchanger Networks
  • Gas Turbines and Turbomachinery Applications

Following the venue, in collaboration with Energies (MDPI), up to 30 high-quality papers from the conference will be invited to submit follow-up articles extending the presented research in a dedicated Special Issue. This opportunity is also advertised on the conference web sites: http://www.conferencepres.com, http://2018.chisa.cz/general-information#publication-pres-2018.

Prof. Dr. Jiří Jaromír Klemeš
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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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. Energies is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Electric field effect on the thermal decomposition and co-combustion of straw with solid fuel pellets
Authors: Inesa Barmina 1, *, Antons Kolmickovs 1, Raimonds Valdmanis 1, Maija Zake 1, Sergejs Vostrikovs 1, Harijs Kalis 2 and Uldis Strautins 2
1 Institute of Physics, University of Latvia, 32 Miera str., Salaspils-1, LV-2169, Latvia; e-mail@e-mail.com
2 The Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Latvia, 29 Raina blvd, Riga, LV-1459, Latvia
* Correspondence: inesa.barmina@lu.lv; Tel.: +371-29-736-156
Abstract: The aim of this study is to provide more effective use of straw for energy production by co-firing wheat straw pellets with solid fuels (wood, peat pellets) under additional electric control of the combustion characteristics at thermo-chemical conversion of fuel mixtures. The effects of the DC electric field on the main combustion characteristics were studied experimentally using a fixed-bed experimental device with the heat output up to 5 kW. The axisymmetric electric field is applied to the flame base between the positively charged electrode and the grounded wall of the combustion chamber. The experimental study includes local measurements of the composition of the gasification gas, flame temperature, heat output, combustion efficiency and of the composition of the flue gas by considering the variation of the bias voltage of the electrode. A mathematical model of the field-induced thermo-chemical conversion of the combustible volatiles has been built using MATLAB. The results confirm that the electric field-induced processes of heat and mass transfer allow to control and improve the main combustion characteristics thus enhancing the fuel burnout and increasing the heat output from the device up to 14% and the produced heat energy per mass of burned solid fuel up to 7%.

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