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Renewable Energy and Sustainable Waste Management: Advancements in Green Technologies for a Cleaner Future

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2024) | Viewed by 1501

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Institute of Environmental Engineering, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung 804, Taiwan
Interests: renewable energy; waste reduction and re-utilization; resource recovery; green technologies; pollutants emissions reduction; emerging contaminants; solvent extractions
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Institute of Environmental Engineering, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung 804, Taiwan
Interests: biofuels/bioenergy production; bioresources utilization; biorefinery; circular economy; high-added-value products; green solvents; sustainable solid-waste management; air pollution control technologies; microplastics (MPs) pollution
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Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Sreenivasa Institute of Technology and Management Studies (SITAMS) (A), Chittoor, AP, India
Interests: IoT; machine learning; AI; cloud computing; blockchain

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Institute for Water and Wastewater Technology, Durban University of Technology, 19 Steve Biko Road, Durban 4000, South Africa
Interests: environmental biotechnology; bioenergy and biofuel; waste to resource development; anaerobic digestion and biological wastewater treatment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for a Special Issue on "Renewable Energy and Sustainable Waste Management: Advancements in Green Technologies for a Cleaner Future." This Special Issue aims to showcase cutting-edge research and innovations in the field of renewable energy and sustainable waste management, focusing on the application of green technologies for a cleaner and more sustainable future.

As the global concern for environmental sustainability grows, the need for efficient and environmentally friendly waste management practices becomes increasingly important. This Special Issue seeks to address this challenge by exploring the advancements in green technologies that promote renewable energy generation and sustainable waste management. We invite original research articles and reviews that provide valuable insights into the development, implementation, and impact of these technologies.

The scope of this Special Issue encompasses a wide range of topics related to renewable energy and sustainable waste management. We welcome contributions on, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • Renewable energy technologies for waste management;
  • Waste-to-energy conversion systems;
  • Sustainable utilization of biomass waste;
  • Circular economy approaches in waste management;
  • Life cycle assessment of renewable energy and waste management systems;
  • Techno-economic analysis of green technologies in waste management;
  • Environmental and social impacts of renewable energy and waste management practices;
  • Innovative approaches for waste reduction, recycling, and resource recovery;
  • Integration of renewable energy systems with waste management infrastructure;
  • Policy and regulatory frameworks for promoting renewable energy and sustainable waste management;
  • Applications of Internet of Things (IoT) in waste management;
  • Use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in waste management processes;
  • Blockchain technology for traceability and transparency in waste management systems.

We encourage authors to submit their original research articles and reviews that address these themes and contribute to our understanding of the advancements in green technologies for a cleaner future. Manuscripts should adhere to the journal's guidelines and will undergo a rigorous peer-review process to ensure the highest scientific quality.

We look forward to receiving your contributions and sharing valuable insights and innovations in the field of renewable energy and sustainable waste management.

Best regards,

Prof. Dr. Yuan-Chung (Oliver) Lin
Dr. Kassian T.T. Amesho
Dr. Subrata Chowdhury
Dr. Ashutosh Pandey
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 submissions that pass pre-check are 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. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly 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 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). 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

  • renewable energy
  • sustainable waste management
  • green technologies
  • clean energy
  • circular economy
  • waste-to-energy
  • resource recovery
  • biomass conversion
  • energy efficiency
  • environmental sustainability

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Mesoporous Silica Nanocatalyst-Based Pyrolysis of a By-Product of Paper Manufacturing, Black Liquor
by Florian Marin, Felicia Bucura, Violeta-Carolina Niculescu, Antoaneta Roman, Oana Romina Botoran, Marius Constantinescu, Stefan Ionuț Spiridon, Eusebiu Ilarian Ionete, Simona Oancea and Anca Maria Zaharioiu
Sustainability 2024, 16(8), 3429; https://doi.org/10.3390/su16083429 - 19 Apr 2024
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The valorization of black liquor, a by-product produced in considerable quantities from the paper manufacturing processes, has demonstrated the effectiveness of thermal reconversion into pyrolysis gas, bio-oil, and bio-char, a sustainable approach placing the feedstock into a circular economy concept. The present study [...] Read more.
The valorization of black liquor, a by-product produced in considerable quantities from the paper manufacturing processes, has demonstrated the effectiveness of thermal reconversion into pyrolysis gas, bio-oil, and bio-char, a sustainable approach placing the feedstock into a circular economy concept. The present study focused on developing disposal solutions through energy recovery via pyrolysis at 300 °C and 450 °C when lignite and nanomaterials (such as Cu-Zn-MCM-41, Ni-SBA-3, or Ni-SBA16) were used as catalysts. The results were compared to those of non-catalytic pyrolysis. The use of the Cu-Zn-MCM-41 catalyst proved to be efficient for pyrolysis gas production, reaching 55.22 vol% CH4. The increase in the calorific value of the pyrolysis gas was associated with the use of the Cu-Zn-MCM-41, showing a value of 42.23 MJ/m3 compared to that of the non-catalytic process, which yielded 39.56 MJ/m3. The bio-oil resulting from the pyrolysis with Cu-Zn-MCM-41 showed the highest energy value at 6457 kcal/kg compared to that obtained with the other two nanocatalysts, Ni-SBA-3 and Ni-SBA-16, as well as that of the raw material, which had a value of 3769 kcal/kg. The analysis of bio-char revealed no statistically significant differences when comparing the outcomes from using the various nanocatalysts, suggesting their minimal impact on the energy content. Full article
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