Special Issue "Renewable Energy Technologies and Environmental Impact Assessment"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Maryori Coromoto Díaz Ramírez
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Industry and Energy Area, Energy and Environment Group, CIRCE-Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption, 50018 Zaragoza, Spain
Interests: manufacturing process optimization in the framework of smart industries 4.0; development of decision support tools based on multiobjective assessment approaches; innovation on practices targeted at reducing related impacts (e.g., economic, environmental, resources) attributed to industrial process value chains; definition and implementation of strategies focused on product ecodesign; evaluation of industrial process sustainability (LCA/LCC); applying circular economy strategies; development of innovative value chains for wastes transformation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue on “Renewable Energy and Environmental Impact Assessment” is dedicated to providing recent advances in renewable technologies including energy storage systems and all related fields to the assessment of environmental impacts. In this vein, routes for the development of technologies should be linked to a circular economy thinking as it is required in the framework of smart industries 4.0. Development of the sector according to sustainable production approaches has minimal environmental impacts and provides acceptable costs to society. This not only implies minimal energy and material-consumption-related actions to develop specific technologies, but also appropriate management of residues and byproducts involved across the overall process lifecycle.

In this context, this Special Issue aims at bringing together research advances, case studies, and practices targeted at reducing related impacts (e.g., economic, environmental, resources) attributed to renewable energy technologies. Papers relevant to the scope of this Special Issue include but are not limited to the following areas: innovative technologies related to renewable energy, circular economy strategies, and environmental issues evaluated using innovative approaches.

Dr. Maryori Coromoto Díaz Ramírez
Guest Editor

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  • recyclability
  • life cycle assessment
  • environmental impact
  • resources
  • sustainability
  • renewable energies
  • circular economy

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Power Grid Integration and Use-Case Study of Acid-Base Flow Battery Technology
Sustainability 2021, 13(11), 6089; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13116089 - 28 May 2021
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There are many different types of energy storage systems (ESS) available and the functionality that they can provide is extensive. However, each of these solutions come with their own set of drawbacks. The acid-base flow battery (ABFB) technology aims to provide a route [...] Read more.
There are many different types of energy storage systems (ESS) available and the functionality that they can provide is extensive. However, each of these solutions come with their own set of drawbacks. The acid-base flow battery (ABFB) technology aims to provide a route to a cheap, clean and safe ESS by means of providing a new kind of energy storage technology based on reversible dissociation of water via bipolar electrodialysis. First, the main characteristics of the ABFB technology are described briefly to highlight its main advantages and drawbacks and define the most-competitive use-case scenarios in which the technology could be applied, as well as analyze the particular characteristics which must be considered in the process of designing the power converter to be used for the interface with the electrical network. As a result, based on the use-cases defined, the ESS main specifications are going to be identified, pointing out the best power converter configuration alternatives. Finally, an application example is presented, showing an installation in the electrical network of Pantelleria (Italy) where a real pilot-scale prototype has been installed. Full article
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Title: Assessing Energy Descent Scenarios for the Ecological Transition
Authors: Martín Lallana; Adrián Almazán; Alicia Valero; Ángel Lareo
Affiliation: 1.Universidad de Zaragoza 2. Universidad de Deusto 3. Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption (CIRCE), Universidad de Zaragoza 4. Computer Engineering Department, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Abstract: In this work we will establish the global energy descent that must be achieved to face the current ecological crisis. We evaluate the inequality in the distribution of energy consumption and establish what is the minimum consumption for a decent living. In this way, we will be able to establish a threshold of energy descent that would be generalized for the entire world population, which we place at an annual per capita final energy consumption of between 15.6 GJ and 31.0 GJ for the year 2050. Annual per capita final energy consumption on average for Global North was 118 GJ in 2017. We then address the strategies needed to achieve these reductions in the countries of the global North, understanding how demand is constituted and moving from approaches based on energy efficiency to those based on energy sufficiency. Finally, we perform an analysis of two ecological transition scenarios in the Spanish state between 2020 and 2030, Green New Deal and Degrowth. We will adapt the calculation model with which the evolution of working hours and emissions was previously analyzed for these scenarios, and we will calculate the variations in energy consumption. In this way we obtain an annual per capita final energy consumption in 2030 of 44.6 GJ and 36.8 GJ for each of the scenarios. We will conclude by assessing these results with respect to the energy reduction target set by the minimum and maximum consumption thresholds.

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