Special Issue "Energy Use for Industrial and Propulsive Applications and Carbon Emissions Reduction"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Giovanni Mummolo
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Industrial Engineering, Polytechnic University of Bari, 70126 Bari BA, Italy
Interests: operations management; human performance in production systems; safety of industrial plants; sustainable logistics
Prof. Dr. Antonio Ficarella
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Guest Editor
Prof. Angelo Tafuni
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School of Applied Engineering and Technology & Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University Heights, Newark, NJ 07102, USA
Interests: computational fluid dynamics; aerospace propulsion; multiphase flow; waves; renewable energy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The use of energy in the industrial and propulsive contexts is of great scientific and societal interest due to the technological, economic, and environmental aspects involved. The spectrum of industrial sectors accounting for higher fossil fuel and renewable energy consumption, as well as carbon emissions, is wide and ranges from “process” to “product” industry. The service industry is also responsible for a great share of energy consumption and environmental emissions. As an example, logistics and transportation are responsible for approximately 30% of greenhouse gas emissions(GHGs).

A wide spectrum of innovative energy-based technological options in the framework of sustainable manufacturing is available. Hydrogen and fuel cells, decarbonization of industrial processes via clean fuels and renewable energies, biomass from sewage or industrial sludges, and new propulsive concepts are only a few examples of field applications where new technology is sought.

New systems solutions stemming from the rational integration of energy systems, consolidated processes, and plants often provide effective answers to complex problems when conflicting economic and environmental goals are pursued. Recent years have seen an increasing interest in artificial intelligence and machine learning approaches as a means to provide efficiency and flexibility, and, hence, improve the reliability of energy systems in a cost- and environment-effective way.

Finally, new business models considering environmental and social variables beyond classical economic ones are also required to identify feasible technological solutions.

This Special Issue seeks research contributions in all fields of industrial energy use and reduction of GHGs contributions from basic to applied research with pilot industrial applications/demos.

Papers from this Special Issue will provide state-of-the-art insights into industrial and propulsive use of energy and related carbon emission for the scientific and industrial communities. The interdisciplinary nature of this Special Issue is consistent with contributions from different areas, including mechanical and industrial engineering, and computer and information technology, economics, and ecology.

Prof. Giovanni Mummolo
Prof. Dr. Antonio Ficarella
Prof. Angelo Tafuni
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • renewable energy
  • innovative industrial processes
  • energy efficiency
  • energy recovery
  • process and plant integration
  • greenhouse gas emission
  • new business models
  • analytical and simulation models
  • artificial intelligence
  • machine learning
  • new propulsive concepts

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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