Special Issue "Reinventing Processes for Sustainability via Process Intensification and Integration"

A special issue of Processes (ISSN 2227-9717). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Processes".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2023 | Viewed by 2593

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jun Wei Lim
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Department of Fundamental and Applied Sciences, Centre for Biofuel and Biochemical Research, Institute of Self-Sustainable Building, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, 32610 Seri Iskandar, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia
Interests: biofuel; wastewater treatment; larval biochemicals
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Dr. Worapon Kiatkittipong
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Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Technology, Silpakorn University, Nakhon Pathom 73000, Thailand
Interests: process intensification; biorefinery; bioresources; biofuels
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to draw your attention to an Processes Special Issue titled “Reinventing Processes for Sustainability via Process Intensification and Integration”, publishing selected papers from the 2nd ICEIT 2021 jointly with SICTAS, scheduled to be published in 2020.

Selected papers from the 2nd International Conference on Engineering and Industrial Technology (http://www.iceitsu.org/Home/Home.aspx) in conjunction with the Silpakorn International Conference on Total Art and Science 2021 (http://www.sictas.org/Home/Home.aspx), to be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 3–5 November 2021 will be considered for this Special Issue.

The 2nd International Conference on Engineering and Industrial Technology 2021 (ICEIT 2021) is organized by the Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Technology, Silpakorn University, Thailand together with eight co-hosts: Chengdu University, China; National Institute of Technology, Toyota college, Japan; Yamaguchi University, Japan; Kumamoto University, Japan; Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia; Institute of Tropical Aquaculture and Fisheries (Akuatrop) of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia and Bio-Circular-Green-economy Technology & Engineering Center (BCGeTEC) and Center of Excellence on Catalysis and Catalytic Reaction Engineering (CECC) of Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand.

In this year, the 2nd ICEIT 2021 will be held in conjunction with SICTAS 2021 on 3–5 November 2021 at Pathumwan Princess Hotel AND Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Bangkok, Thailand. This is part of Reinventing University project granted by Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, Thailand.

The 2nd ICEIT 2021 is a major international conference bringing together researchers, engineers, and practitioners who work in the areas of engineering and industrial technology with a wide spectrum of scientific themes, while the aim of SICTAS is to share and exchange experiences and research findings in all areas, including science and technology, art, and social science.

In this Special Issue, we seek to include comprehensive review papers, methodologies, experimental works, and modeling research articles that could improve our understandings from various disciplinary in processing of energy and natural resources. Potential topics include but are not limited to process intensification and integration for sustainable development, alternative and renewable energy, biomass energy, environment, catalytic reaction engineering, carbon capture and utilization (CCU), and climate change.

P.S.

After the 2nd ICEIT 2021 and SICTAS 2021 conferences, you are welcome to submit your full paper to this Processes Special Issue (Reinventing Process for Sustainability by Process Intensification and Integration, Selected papers from the 2nd ICEIT and SICTAS 2021). There is no need to wait for the submission deadline. All papers accepted for publication will be immediately published.

Dr. Jun-Wei Lim
Dr. Worapon Kiatkittipong
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • process intensification and integration
  • biomass and bioresources
  • chemical and pharmaceutical
  • sustainability
  • process development

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Utilization of Aerobic Compression Composting Technology on Raw Mushroom Waste for Bioenergy Pellets Production
Processes 2022, 10(3), 463; https://doi.org/10.3390/pr10030463 - 24 Feb 2022
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Raw mushroom waste has been an enormous solid waste, not only causing a huge cut on profit margin of mushroom industries but also leading to environmental pollution. Unfortunately, the current utilization methods, such as pharmaceutical extractions, are unable to keep up with the [...] Read more.
Raw mushroom waste has been an enormous solid waste, not only causing a huge cut on profit margin of mushroom industries but also leading to environmental pollution. Unfortunately, the current utilization methods, such as pharmaceutical extractions, are unable to keep up with the waste generation rate due to the large-scale mushroom production. Yet, the utilization of raw mushroom waste to produce biomass pellets for energetic purposes and the role of an electric composter on shortening the processing time remain unexplored. This is important because conventional composting, which takes a relatively long period (e.g., weeks to months), is less practical when it comes to commercial use of the biomass pellets. To explore this issue, an industrial composter with initial compost was utilized to process the raw mushroom waste, followed by pelletization. Extraction of the material inside the composter at different timing was carried out to determine the optimal processing time for optimal texture to form pellets. It was found that prolonged composting hour affected the pelletization process since moisture, which acts as a natural binder, reduced when the composting hour increased. The gross calorific value increased from 14.07 MJ/kg to 18.76 MJ/kg for raw mushroom waste and compost pellets at the fifth hour, respectively. This study revealed that the raw mushroom waste compost could serve as a valuable renewable energy source and that the production of energy-rich biomass compost fuel pellets without using any binder within a short composting duration is achievable with the aid of an in-vessel composter. Full article
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Comparison of Performance and Economic Efficiency for Greenhouse Solar versus Hot Air Drying: A Case of Crispy Mango Production
Processes 2022, 10(2), 311; https://doi.org/10.3390/pr10020311 - 05 Feb 2022
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This study aimed to compare the performance and economic efficiency of greenhouse solar and hot air drying. These are widely used and inexpensive techniques for preserved fruit production in Thailand. Two drying methods were used to dry mango fruit, var. Nam Dok Mai. [...] Read more.
This study aimed to compare the performance and economic efficiency of greenhouse solar and hot air drying. These are widely used and inexpensive techniques for preserved fruit production in Thailand. Two drying methods were used to dry mango fruit, var. Nam Dok Mai. During the process of both drying methods, the moisture content of mango slices was reduced from an average 85.6% to 12.5% wet basis. To determine the most profitable dryer system for investment, economic analyses of greenhouse solar and hot air drying, involving the main variables affecting their profitability, were investigated, including production and maintenance cost, capital costs, revenue, and drying capacities. The internal rate of return (IRR), net present value (NPV), benefit to cost ratio (BCR) and payback period (PBP) were all evaluated. The results of economic evaluation revealed that high values of IRR, NPV, and BCR, and low value of PBP made the two drying systems cost efficient. However, when the incremental rate of return (ROR) was determined, 66% incremental ROR was much greater than the minimum attractive rate of return (MARR = 4.875%). Consequently, the greenhouse solar drying method proved to be the most suitable method for small-to-medium-scale entrepreneurs to produce crispy mango. Full article
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Research on the Path of Manufacturing Enterprises Supply Chain Integration from the Configuration Perspective
Processes 2021, 9(10), 1746; https://doi.org/10.3390/pr9101746 - 29 Sep 2021
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In digital transformation and development, supply chain integration has become a key strategy to improve supply chain synergy efficiency and enhance enterprise competitiveness. Based on the survey data of 185 manufacturing enterprises in Tianjin, the fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis (fs QCA) method [...] Read more.
In digital transformation and development, supply chain integration has become a key strategy to improve supply chain synergy efficiency and enhance enterprise competitiveness. Based on the survey data of 185 manufacturing enterprises in Tianjin, the fuzzy set qualitative comparative analysis (fs QCA) method is used to explore the synergistic mechanism of government policy, supply chain partnership, information sharing, risk avoidance, and intelligence degree on supply chain integration and the interaction among them. The results show that: (1) a single factor does not constitute a necessary condition for promoting supply chain integration, but the formation and development of supply chain partnership plays a universal role in promoting supply chain integration; (2) the “multiple concurrent” of five factors constitute the diversified configuration of a driving supply chain integration path, that is, the driving supply chain integration path has the characteristic of “all roads lead to the same destination”; (3) there is a “sharing” type, a “cooperative” type, and a “cooperative-sharing” type three equivalent path, whereby the formation of supply chain partnership can enhance the trust between manufacturing enterprises and suppliers and customers, increase the transaction frequency of upstream and downstream enterprises, and improve the cooperation efficiency. The utility model can effectively reduce the “long whip” problem caused by the information asymmetry, and improve the operational efficiency and stability of the whole supply chain. The purpose of this study is to inspire manufacturing enterprises in the context of digital supply chain integration to improve the collaborative efficiency of the supply chain. Full article
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