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Innovative Technologies for Energy/Resource Recovery from Biomass Wastes

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Science and Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2022) | Viewed by 2729

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School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049, China
Interests: solid waste management; wastewater treatment; biological processes; solid waste conversion and treatment; process integration
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College of Environment, Hohai University, Nanjing, China
Interests: anaerobic fermentation/digestion; energy and resource recovery; solid waste conversion and treatment; biological wastewater treatment; risks and biodegradation of emerging contaminants
School of Environment and Civil Engineering, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China
Interests: anaerobic digestion; energy and resource recovery; biogas upgrading; municipal wastewater treatment; solid waste conversion and treatment; bioelectrochemical system
Department of Environmental Engineering, School of Resources and Civil Engineering, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819, China
Interests: wastes anaerobic fermentation; bioenergy recovery, biological processes; wastes conversion and biological treatment; wastewater treatment
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Dear Colleagues,

The global climate change and the demand for renewable energy pose a big challenge in the current solid waste treatment field. Thus, innovative technologies are urgently needed for energy/resource recovery from biomass waste treatment toward environmental and economic sustainability. Additionally, the biorefinery approach of recycling biomass-derived resources to replace fossil-based energy contributes to the aim of carbon neutrality. This Special Issue aims to provide a platform for global researchers to disseminate recent technological developments and engineering solutions in the areas of biomass waste treatment. Within this context, we would like to invite you to submit original research and review articles to disseminate and share new findings in energy/resource recovery from biomass wastes.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Anaerobic digestion;
  • Solid waste management;
  • Biofuels and biorefineries such as biogas production, biohydrogen production, life cycle assessment of biofuels, and microbial fuel cells;
  • Biomass and feedstock utilization;
  • Physicochemical and thermochemical processes for lignocellulosic and algal biomass;
  • Chemical–physical processes to recover nutrients from biomasses;
  • Nutrient recovery from biomasses: LCA and policy approach;
  • Development of innovative pretreatment methods for biomass wastes.

Dr. Yingqun Ma
Dr. Jingyang Luo
Dr. Han Wang
Dr. Xin Zhao
Guest Editors

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  • anaerobic digestion
  • solid waste management
  • biogas production
  • energy/resource recovery
  • life cycle assessment
  • microbial fuel cells
  • pretreatment for lignocellulosic biomass
  • process unification and integrated biorefinery for waste biomass
  • bio-electrofermentation
  • advanced waste to resource technology

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Thermophilic Dark Fermentation of Olive Mill Wastewater in Batch Reactors: Effect of pH and Organic Loading
by Konstantina Tsigkou, Natalia Sivolapenko and Michael Kornaros
Appl. Sci. 2022, 12(6), 2881; - 11 Mar 2022
Cited by 6 | Viewed by 2060
In recent decades, olive oil consumption has almost tripled worldwide. Olive oil production is linked with the production of enormous amounts of olive mill wastewater, the main by-product derived from three-phase olive mills. Due to the environmental risks of olive mill wastewater disposal, [...] Read more.
In recent decades, olive oil consumption has almost tripled worldwide. Olive oil production is linked with the production of enormous amounts of olive mill wastewater, the main by-product derived from three-phase olive mills. Due to the environmental risks of olive mill wastewater disposal, the management and valorization of the specific waste stream is of great importance. This work focuses on the thermophilic dark fermentation of olive mill wastewater in batch reactors, targeting pH optimization and the organic loading effect. A series of experiments were performed, during which the organic load of the substrate remained at 40 g/L after dilution with tap water, and the pH was tested in the range of 4.5 to 7.5. The maximum yield in terms of produced hydrogen was obtained at pH 6.0, and the yields were 0.7 mol H2/mol glucose or 0.5 L H2/Lreactor. At the same conditions, a reduction of 62% of the waste’s phenols was achieved. However, concerning the effect of organic loading at the optimized pH value (6.0), a further increase in the organic load minimized the hydrogen production, and the overall process was strongly inhibited. Full article
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