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Special Issue "Techniques in Renewable Energy Production and Their Future Aiming Sustainability and Commercialization"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2019) | Viewed by 3030

Special Issue Editor

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Rapid City, SD, USA
Interests: CRISPR; molecular dynamics; protein engineering; microbial fermentation; system biology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Research Topics and Plan: Results from a series of recent studies support the use of biorefinery concepts to convert renewable feedstocks into liquid transportation fuels. Transformative biorefinery technologies can yield innovative solutions for challenges related to energy security, the environment, and rural development. To improve energy efficiency and broaden the product portfolio of the bioprocesses, this article collection will focus on investigating the feasibility of the generation of additional forms of renewable fuels (methane or methanol or electricity) from novel feedstocks. The Special Issue could also focus on energy and mass balance calculations to evaluate the feasibility of the biorefinery framework for treating conventional feedstocks and its conversion to usable bioenergy. Therefore, the Editors encourage contributions related to three major areas:

  1. Genome editing of microbes;
  2. Synthetic and computational biology; and
  3. Planning and sustainability of designed technologies.

The main aim of this Special Issue is to collect original research and review articles with a critical opinion on (i) existing techniques of biorefinery; (ii) vision over future fuel types; and (iii) the fate of renewable energies. One short communication will also be considered on any cutting-edge research exhibiting preliminary analysis and covering the unconventional feedstock or transformative approach in the field of bioenergy. The focus will be on highlighting those techniques and novel ideas which could be sustainable enough to produce renewable energies for the coming decades. Emphasis will also be given to strengthening the research platform on needs and potentials of unconventional sources of renewable energy and fuel production. To cover this ever-expanding research field of renewable energies, the Special Issue Editors have planned to include articles from a few major areas which are currently either underexplored or in the transition phase and have the potential to be game-changers.

In addition, the Special Issue Editors would like to include in the collection manuscripts covering novel insights on (i) reaction centers involved in the biochemical oxidation of greenhouse gases; (ii) key residues which could be targeted to produce higher titers of liquid fuels; and (iii) high-density biofuel and hydrocarbons. Original research and review articles focused on strengthening the foundation of converting the gaseous substrates, biological wastes, and industrial effluent into electricity or another form of bioenergy will also be welcomed. With a few articles on enzymatic saccharification technology, current development in this field will be covered. Please note that contributions should not be restricted to the conventional approach of pretreatment followed by enzymatic hydrolysis. Novelty in this section will be tested based on the sustainability of the proposed methodology, the potential to transform the existing biorefinery concept, and commercialization feasibility. A review article may also be considered in this part to summarize the last developments made in this area.

For a robust biorefinery approach, the type and quality of feedstock play a core role; therefore, this Special Issue aims to also include articles on feedstock development. Preference will be given to articles focused on genome editing, transcriptomic analysis or improvement in physical properties of unconventional feedstocks viz. algae, biological waste, marine waste, etc.

Preference will be also given to manuscripts covering the life-cycle and technoeconomic analysis of the biorefinery concept or another industrial design which may have the potential for the establishment of transformative research in the field of biofuel and/or bioenergy production.

Dr. Saurabh Dhiman
Guest Editor

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  • Unvonventonal feedstock
  • renewable energy
  • molecular dynamics
  • substrate docking
  • ASPEN Plus
  • methanotrophs
  • immobilization
  • genome editing

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The Nexus between Energy Consumption, Biodiversity, and Economic Growth in Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC): Evidence from Cointegration and Granger Causality Tests
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(18), 3269; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16183269 - 05 Sep 2019
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This work is proposed to examine the relationships between energy consumption, biodiversity, and economic growth for China and five countries in the Indochina Peninsula, which are Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, who also belong to Lancang-Mekong Cooperation, for the time span from [...] Read more.
This work is proposed to examine the relationships between energy consumption, biodiversity, and economic growth for China and five countries in the Indochina Peninsula, which are Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, who also belong to Lancang-Mekong Cooperation, for the time span from 1991 to 2014. For this purpose, this work adopted autoregressive distributed lag (ARDL) through a dynamic simulation process. The estimation outcomes indicate that the nexus of the economic growth and energy consumption are diversified in fossil energy consumption and renewable consumption, respectively. The results are consistent with the fact that renewable energy is an alternative to fossil fuels, and traditional energy is still in the dominant position. This work is expected to serve as a first-hand examination on Lancang-Mekong Cooperation by adding innovative perspectives into existing research. Meanwhile, policy implications will also be discussed in this work. Full article
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