Energy Conversion and Efficient Utilization of Woody Biomass

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Wood Science and Forest Products".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 91

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1. Centre for Natural Resources, Environment and Society-CERNAS-IPV Research Centre, Av. Cor. José Maria Vale de Andrade, 3504-510 Viseu, Portugal
2. Department of Wood Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of Viseu, Av. Cor. José Maria Vale de Andrade, 3504-510 Viseu, Portugal
Interests: wood and other lignocellulosic materials; lignocellulosic conversion; biomass conversion; ecotoxicology; heat treatment; green technology; pyrolysis; natural fibers

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School of Agriculture, University of Lisbon, 1649-004 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: chemical valorization of lignocellulosic biomass using extraction; thermochemical conversion; adsorption methods
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Forest Research Center, School of Agriculture, University of Lisbon, Tapada da Ajuda, 1349-017 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: biomass; biorefineries; non-wood products; forest-based industries; natural products; circular economy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The utilization of woody biomass for energy conversion involves employing advanced technologies to extract energy efficiently from organic materials such as forestry residues and agricultural waste. This process, driven by the need for sustainable energy sources, includes various thermochemical and biochemical pathways, such as pyrolysis, gasification, and fermentation. The aim is to maximize energy yields while minimizing environmental impact, promoting circular bioeconomy principles. Research efforts focus on optimizing conversion processes, assessing biomass resources, and developing policy frameworks to foster market growth and mitigate socio-economic and environmental challenges. Novel thermochemical and biochemical conversion processes to enhance the efficiency and versatility of woody biomass utilization are needed. This includes advancements in pyrolysis, gasification, and bio-refining techniques to maximize energy yields and produce valuable by-products such as biochar and biochemicals. The concept of integrated biorefineries is gaining traction. These biorefineries aim to valorize multiple biomass feedstocks and produce a spectrum of bio-based products. They optimize resource utilization by integrating various conversion pathways and diversifying product portfolios, thereby enhancing economic viability and sustainability. Beyond energy conversion, the efficient utilization of woody biomass extends to diverse applications such as sustainable materials, biochemicals, and soil amendments. This involves valorizing forestry residues and agricultural by-products for the production of bioplastics, biochar, and bio-based chemicals, contributing to circular economy initiatives.

Prof. Dr. Bruno Esteves
Dr. Ali Umut Sen
Prof. Dr. Helena Pereira
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  • woody biomass
  • energy conversion
  • efficient utilization
  • thermochemical processes
  • integrated biorefineries
  • valorization
  • biochar
  • bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS)
  • sustainability

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