Special Issue "Application and Development of Pyrolysis Technology"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Marek Sciazko
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Centre of Energy, AGH University of Science and Technology, Czarnowiejska 36, 30-054 Krakow, Poland
Interests: energy; biomass and coal pyrolysis; gasification; kinetics; waste pyrolysis
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Prof. Dr. Wojciech Nowak
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Guest Editor
Centre of Energy, AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Czarnowiejska 36, 30-054 Krakow, Poland
Interests: clean energy; fluidization; combustion; advanced energy generation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Pyrolysis is commonly used to convert organic materials into a solid residue called char or coke, liquid products named tar, and a gas containing a number of volatile species. Pyrolysis depending on application is sometimes called carbonization, coking or thermal cracking. By definition it is a process in which involving heat leads to the thermal decomposition of organic solids in some cases in the presence of catalysis. Applied at mild conditions, it is called torrefaction.

Traditionally, pyrolysis has been applied to coal and biomass. However it is a process, which is also used for degradation of plastics, oils, waste materials as tires and solid recovery fuels. It can be also applied for methane thermal decomposition into hydrogen and carbon nanostructures.

Pyrolysis by nature is a preliminary reaction in the processes of gasification and combustion. It can be conducted in fixed, fluidized and entrained bed reactors. Considering that the heating rate can be classified as a slow or fast pyrolysis, in respect to the process’s final temperature, one can distinguish whether it is a low or high temperature process. It can also be the plasma-assisted process, which is used for hazardous materials.

Taking this into consideration, it is expected that the submissions will focus on the following subjects:

  • Pyrolysis chemistry and kinetics
  • Pyrolysis processes and products
  • Large scale applications
  • Economy and environmental issues

The main objective of this Special Issue seeks to contribute to the pyrolysis process reaction and process agenda through enhancing scientific and multi-disciplinary knowledge of this topic. We therefore invite papers on innovative laboratory and industrial research, technical developments, reviews, case studies, analytical works relevant to the knowledge development in research area.

We invite all of you interested in pyrolysis application to deliver up-to-date knowledge for a better understanding of organic matter thermal decomposition, including renewable and fossil origin. 

Prof. Dr. Marek Sciazko
Prof. Dr. Wojciech Nowak
Guest Editors

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  • pyrolysis process
  • pyrolysis kinetics
  • biomass pyrolysis
  • coal pyrolysis
  • plasma pyrolysis
  • torrefaction
  • bio-oil

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