Special Issue "Biochar-Bioenergy Production Systems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2021) | Viewed by 4549
Interests: biochar; agricultural waste management; sustainable cropping systems; soil toxicity and environmental impact; carbon cycling
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The effects of biochar on soil vary widely depending on soil type and biochar properties. Moreover, the characteristics of biochar when used as an additive in the processes of anaerobic digestion and composting considerably affect the outcomes. In order for biochar technology to benefit the environment and society, it is critical to understand the key production factors that affect the physicochemical properties of biochars. Biochar characteristics depend on the feedstock source, production conditions, and post-production treatments. Therefore, to maximize agronomic and soil benefits and improve bio-based processes whose functions can be affected by biochar application, carbonization should be engineered to address specific constraints in each target application. However, variation in responses to biochar and performance of biochar technologies such as pyrolysis and hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) can lead to uncertain environmental and economic results of biochar amendment. Therefore, it is imperative to analyze biochar implementation from techno-economic and life cycle perspectives to judge whether biochar would be an effective strategy to reduce the environmental impacts of energy production while increasing economic productivity.
This Special Issue "Biochar–Bioenergy Production Systems" aims to fill the gaps in the scientific literature concerning this crucial area as much as possible, to highlight its importance, and to provide a platform for the dissemination of state-of-the-art advances in this field. Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Engineering biochar–bioenergy processes to raise benefits in high-value production systems;
- Development of material flow analysis models to evaluate energy and resource recovery from using organic waste in biochar systems;
- Properties of biochar from novel sources and different production conditions;
- Synergetic/antagonistic effects of biochar as an additive in bio-processes;
- Novel trends and developments in biochar technologies
- Development of life cycle assessment models to quantify the sustainability (environmental, exergetic, economic, and social) benefits that the adoption of the biochar could deliver;
- Designing sustainable biochar supply chains
Dr. Ali Mohammadi
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- Biochar pellet
- Physicochemical properties
- Resource recovery