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Biomass-Derived Fuels and Materials: Volume II

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "A4: Bio-Energy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 July 2024 | Viewed by 1320

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Laboratory of Simulation of Industrial Processes, Department of Industrial Management and Technology, School of Maritime and Industrial Studies, University of Piraeus, GR 18534 Piraeus, Greece
Interests: chemical engineering; renewable energy; biomass; bioenergy; environmental technology
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Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Luleå University of Technology, C148 Luleå, Sweden
Interests: biomass pretreatment and fractionation; organosolv; bioenergy; biofuels; biomaterials; heterotrophic growth of algae; production of nutraceutical compounds; lignin valorization; enzymatic processes
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Energies on “Biomass-Derived Fuels and Materials: Volume II” aims to cover biomass-derived renewable fuels and materials conversion technologies, including biomass pretreatment and fractionation. In this context, we welcome submissions that deal with the development of novel lignocellulosic biomass pretreatment and fractionation processes. Moreover, we expect submissions on of microbial cultivation process development for the conversion of biomass-derived sugars to fuels and materials, as well as thermochemical processes of biomass. Furthermore, we will consider submissions within the biorefinery concepts regarding novel pretreatment techniques and their technical, environmental, and economic implications. In addition, we look forward to submissions on the conversion process particularities for biofuels and biochemicals, including chemical, biochemical, thermochemical, microbial, and combined approaches. Additionally, we expect submissions related to technoeconomic and environmental analysis, which may include supply chain assessment, byproducts, zero-waste techniques within the concept of circular economy, and process simulation and optimization. Finally, we welcome submissions on policy application and development related to the biobased economy. Consequently, this Special Issue is particularly addressed to researchers in crosscutting areas addressing any aspects of biomass-derived fuels and materials production.

Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Sidiras
Dr. Leonidas Matsakas
Guest Editors

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  • acid hydrolysis
  • algal biofuel
  • anaerobic digestion
  • autohydrolysis
  • aviation biofuels
  • biobased fuels
  • biobased materials
  • biodiesel
  • biogas
  • biomass cultivation
  • biomass logistics
  • biorefinery
  • enzymatic hydrolysis
  • ethanol
  • fermentation
  • fractionation
  • gasification
  • green chemistry
  • high added value chemicals
  • life cycle assessment (LCA)
  • lignocellulosic biomass
  • microbial conversion
  • policy
  • pretreatments
  • pyrolysis
  • technoeconomic analysis
  • torrefaction

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Evaluation of Technical and Economic Indicators for the Production Process of Microalgae Lipids Considering CO2 Capture of a Thermoelectric Plant and Use of Piggery Wastewater
Energies 2024, 17(1), 92; https://doi.org/10.3390/en17010092 - 22 Dec 2023
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Microalgae are highly studied microorganisms for the production of high-value products due to their high content of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and chlorophyll. These compounds are refined to obtain profitable industrial products. This article analyzes the lipid production of Chlorella sp. biomass, considering 18 [...] Read more.
Microalgae are highly studied microorganisms for the production of high-value products due to their high content of proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and chlorophyll. These compounds are refined to obtain profitable industrial products. This article analyzes the lipid production of Chlorella sp. biomass, considering 18 scenarios for its production, with 9 of these being partially supplemented with swine wastewater. A 1 ha area was considered for biomass cultivation, primary and secondary biomass harvesting, and lipid extraction. Using simulation in the software SuperPro Designer v10, parameters such as CO2 capture (from a thermoelectric power plant), freshwater consumption, wastewater consumption, energy consumption, and unit production cost were evaluated. The results show that the production cost is high, ranging from 836.9 US $/kg to 1131.5 US $/kg of produced lipids, with a maximum CO2 capture of 454 kg of CO2/kg of lipids. The use of wastewater reduces the production cost by approximately 10%. The evaluation of technical and economic parameters allows us to identify bottlenecks and implement strategies to reduce production costs. Full article
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