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Special Issue "Decarbonization of Industry through Green Hydrogen and Power to X Processes"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2021) | Viewed by 1527

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Dr. Manuel Bailera
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School of Engineering and Architecture, University of Zaragoza, 50009 Zaragoza, Spain
Interests: power to gas; energy storage; carbon capture and utilization; CO2
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue comprises selected papers on the decarbonization of industry by using green hydrogen and power to X processes. From a carbon neutral and economic perspective, green hydrogen and synthetic fuels should be targeted at industries that are inaccessible to direct electrification (e.g., cement, glass, paper mills). A suitable approach is to use these fuels in niche markets that cannot decarbonize their processes by renewable electricity, either because CO2 is naturally produced from the chemical reactions during raw material processing or because the required operating temperatures are much easier to achieve through combustion than through electrification. In that sense, this Special Issue aims to cover a variety of analyses of the integration of green hydrogen and synthetic fuels in different industries as competitive alternatives against renewable electrification. Papers selected for this Special Issue will be subject to a rigorous peer review procedure with the aim of a rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments and applications.

Dr. Manuel Bailera
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • decarbonization
  • power to X
  • hydrogen
  • power to gas
  • CCU
  • industry

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Hydrogen Economy Development Opportunities by Inter-Organizational Digital Knowledge Networks
Sustainability 2021, 13(16), 9194; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13169194 - 16 Aug 2021
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Abstract
Innovative power-to-X (P2X) technologies, as a set of emerging new solutions, could play a crucial role in creating sustainable, carbon-neutral economies, such as the hydrogen economy. These technologies, however, are generally not yet implemented on a commercial scale. This research focuses on how [...] Read more.
Innovative power-to-X (P2X) technologies, as a set of emerging new solutions, could play a crucial role in creating sustainable, carbon-neutral economies, such as the hydrogen economy. These technologies, however, are generally not yet implemented on a commercial scale. This research focuses on how innovative, digital inter-organizational knowledge networks of industry representatives and universities could contribute to the commercial implementation of P2X technologies and increase the pace of sustainable hydrogen-based development. The findings of an extended case study with a hybrid (qualitative–quantitative) methodology and a five-year time horizon, suggest the need for a digital knowledge platform, where universities and industry representatives add and combine their knowledge. In contrast with expectations, however, the empirical results show that academia would, not only be capable of supporting the exploration of new solutions, but foster the exploitation of more mature technologies as well. Similarly, large energy companies could also drive exploratory activities, not only exploitative ones. The findings highlight the possible central role of the “system builder” actor, who integrates exploitative-explorative learning and facilitates the formation of a (digital) innovation ecosystem. By exceeding the dominant techno-economic and environmental aspects, this research contributes to the literature by highlighting the applicability of network-based innovation management theory for hydrogen economy research. Full article
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