Special Issue "Biomass to Biofuels: Solar Pyrolysis and Other Thermochemical Conversion Methods"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 July 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Haftom Weldekidan
Guest Editor
Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science Engineering, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, 2109, Australia
Interests: waste valorization; biomass pyrolysis and product characterization; solar-assissted thermochemical conversion technologies; renewable energy and alternative fuels; energy efficiency; environmental planning and impact assessments

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Driven by the fast population growth and increasing living standards, the demand for energy has risen substantially, and it is expected to increase even faster than before. Fossil fuels are currently the major source of energy. The devastating effects associated with fossil fuel utilization, including climate change, GHG emissions, and other environmental problems, have led researchers to look for alternative sources of energy.

Biomass, being one of the greatest sources of renewable energy, can replace fossil fuels. It can be converted to different fuels and high-value chemicals through the thermochemical conversion process. Integration of solar energy to the process is a smart way to increase the overall conversion efficiency and biofuel life cycle. Solar-assisted biomass pyrolysis is an emerging technology which is attracting several researchers all over the world. Similarly, biomass pyrolysis is an appealing research topic for the research community in the process of waste valorization using the thermochemical conversion pathways.

This Special Issue on “Biomass to Biofuels” invites researchers to submit high-quality research outputs, experimental results, new findings, and techniques related to biomass thermochemical conversion technology. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Processes on pyrolysis including methods, kinetics, and mechanisms;
  • Pyrolysis reactor design;
  • Waste-to-energy conversion;
  • Solar-assisted thermochemical conversion processes;
  • Solar thermal technology;
  • Phytoremediation;
  • Biofuel production and characterization;
  • Developing catalysts for biomass pyrolysis;
  • Application of pyrolysis products.

Dr. Haftom Weldekidan
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Biomass pyrolysis
  • Solar thermal technologies and their applications
  • Biofuel production and characterizations
  • Catalytic pyrolysis
  • Phytoremediation
  • Waste

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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