Special Issue "Prediction and Monitoring of Biomass Properties for Energy Applications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Andrea Pizzi
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Guest Editor
Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Via Brecce Bianche, I-60131 Ancona, Italy
Interests: biomass quality; bioenergy; biofuel; residues; environmental impact; multivariate analysis; infrared spectroscopy; circular economy; quality assessment; biomass characterization; fast measurements; combustion emission factors
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Toscano
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Guest Editor
Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Via Brecce Bianche, I-60131 Ancona, Italy
Interests: biomass quality; bioenergy; biofuel; sustainability assessment; residues; biosystem engineering; life cycle assessment; standardization; circular economy; environmental impact; wood processing; food processing; renewable energy; energy conversion
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Prof. Dr. Daniele Duca
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Guest Editor
Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Via Brecce Bianche, I-60131 Ancona, Italy
Interests: biomass quality; bioenergy; biofuel; standardization; environmental impact; wood processing; food processing; renewable energy; energy conversion; sustainability assessment; residues; biosystem engineering; life cycle assessment; circular economy
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Knowledge of biomass quality is increasingly a key factor in the bioenergy sector, mainly for the consideration of the increase in the typologies of residual raw materials used for biofuel production and feeding power and heating systems.

The information on the type of biomass and its physical, chemical, and energy properties are essential especially for operators called to make decisions to solve logistical, technical, and economical issues.

For practical reasons, the data should be available in a short time, at relatively low cost, and at any time and point of the supply chain, from the origin of the raw material up to the use in the final energy conversion system.

To address this need, research has been stimulated in promoting new solutions to measure the quality of biomass and biofuels through predictive modeling, innovations in analytical techniques, and tools and management strategies for monitoring biomass.

This Special Issue will collect research articles or comprehensive reviews focused on the aforementioned topics.

Subjects welcomed are listed below:

  • Evaluation of biomass feedstock and biofuels properties used in real scale energy applications
  • Quality prediction models, statistics, and surveys on biomass properties
  • Relationships between biomass properties and biofuel production
  • Innovative methods and tools for the assessment of biomass feedstocks and biofuel quality assessment
  • Methods for quality control management in the bioenergy chain

Dr. Andrea Pizzi
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Toscano
Prof. Dr. Daniele Duca
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Processes is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Please note that for papers submitted after 31 December 2020 an APC of 2000 CHF applies. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • Biofuel
  • Quality assessment
  • Woodchip
  • Pellet 
  • Bioenergy
  • Predictive model
  • Biomass characterization

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Application of NIR Spectroscopy for Biofuel Quality Prediction
Authors: Åsmund Rinnan
Affiliation: Københavns Universitet – Dept Food Sciences - Copenhagen - Denmark

Title: Improved Monitoring of Woodchip Moisture Content in Trucks during Real Scale Operations
Authors: Gianni Picchi
Affiliation: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Rome - Italy

Title: Rapid Quality Control of Woodchip Parameters Using a Hand-Held Near Infrared Spectrophotometer
Authors: Giuseppe Toscano
Affiliation: Università Politecnica delle Marche – Dept Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences - Ancona - Italy

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