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Advanced Research on Bioenergy and Biofuel Production from Anaerobic Digestion Processes

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 October 2024 | Viewed by 332

Special Issue Editors

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Renewable and Sustainable Energy Research Center, Technology Innovation Institute (TII), Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Interests: biorefinery; biofuels; anaerobic digestion; bioresource recovery; value-added products; zero-waste; circular economy; process integration

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Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Kreutzwaldi 5, 51014 Tartu, Estonia
Interests: methods used in environmental monitoring and analysis, as well as waste testing; parameters to estimate biodegradability (aerobic and anaerobic) and the bioconversion efficiency of wastewater, wastes, and crops

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Faculty of Engineering, Universidad de Medellin, Carrera 87 N° 30 – 65, Medellín, Colombia
Interests: energy; renewable energy; energy efficiency; biomass

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The global reliance on fossil fuels, coupled with the existing energy crisis and the global pledge to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, has led to substantial changes in the global energy mix. Now, more than never, countries all across the world are searching for affordable and standalone renewable sources of energy that can guarantee a reliable energy supply while meeting the demands of consumers. Biomethane and biogas produced by anaerobic digestion processes will play a significant role in the clean energy transition towards net-zero emissions, since these are cheap, decentralized, and well-established systems.

This Special Issue focuses on the role of anaerobic digestion systems for bioenergy and biofuel production and their ability to decarbonize the global energy mix. All types of original submissions that tackle key policy, economic, environmental, and technological gaps and challenges to the implementation of this technology are welcome. These topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Mono and co-digestion feedstocks;

- Reactors used for the conversion process;

- Strategies for the optimization of anaerobic digestion key parameters;

- Main products obtained in anaerobic digestion processes and their end-users;

- The production of value-added and commercial products from anaerobic digestion residues;

- Optimization and modelling techniques;

- The life cycle assessment of anaerobic digestion systems;

- Small-scale and large-scale case and success studies;

- The legal framework of anaerobic digestion systems.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Lisandra Rocha-Meneses
Dr. Kaja Orupõld
Dr. Mario Alberto Luna Del Risco
Guest Editors

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  • biomass valorization
  • zero-waste
  • circular economy
  • bioresource recovery
  • process integration
  • biochemicals
  • biofuels
  • second-generation
  • third-generation
  • fourth-generation

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