Wastewater Engineering and Advances in Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs) as a Sustainable Platform Technology for Bioenergy

A special issue of Pollutants (ISSN 2673-4672). This special issue belongs to the section "Water Pollution".

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Dr. Kiran Tota-Maharaj
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Department of Civil Engineering, School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ET, UK
Interests: sustainable drainage systems (SuDSs); green infrastructure (permeable pavements; engineered wetlands) combined with ground-source heat pumps (GSHPs) and water-sourced heat pumps (WSHPs); urban water engineering; transport phenomena of emerging contaminants (microplastics) and microbiological pollutants in urban drainage systems; water distribution networks and water demand modelling; 3D printing of critical infrastructure within water and wastewater industries
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Prof. Dr. Colin D. Hills
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Department of Engineering Science, Faculty of Engineering and Science, University of Greenwich, London SE10 9LS, UK
Interests: contaminted soils; soil and water engineering; waste remediation; valorisation of waste streams
Civil Engineering Department, Chandigarh University, Mohali 140413, Punjab, India
Interests: civil and enviornmental engineering; sustainable development; ecofriendly materials; waste utilisation; recycled materials; infrastructure modelling and optimisation
Dr. Denver Cheddie
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Utilities Engineering Department, University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) Point Lisas Campus, 91-101 Esperanza Road, Brechin Castle, Couva 540517, Trinidad and Tobago
Interests: ammonia fuel cells; polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells; dynamic system simulation of solid oxide fuel cells; water-energy nexus with Desalination; hydrogen energy and clean power systems/powerplant engineering; modelling and simulation of environmental engineering systems and processes; developing and stimulating research in fuel cells and renewable energy technologies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to submit manuscripts to the Special Issue of our journal, focusing on "Wastewater Engineering and Advances in Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs) as a Sustainable Platform Technology for Bioenergy". Water scarcity and energy demand are two global issues that must be concurrently addressed in order to achieve sustainable development. This Special Issue seeks to showcase the latest research, developments, and applications related to this vital field of environmental engineering/wastewater engineering, and thus facilitate the exchange of knowledge and ideas within the engineering and scientific community.

Wastewater engineering is an important multidisciplinary field of environmental engineering that deals with the design, construction and operation of wastewater treatment works and wastewater treatment plants. In recent years, wastewater treatment has become an increasingly pressing issue, owing to population growth, urbanisation, and industrialisation. Wastewater treatment and energy production are two industries with the potential to address both issues. Wastewater engineering is a dynamic discipline involving the removal of pollutants and the recovery of resources from wastewater. Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are a novel technology that employs microbes to produce electricity from wastewater. MFCs could be utilised as a sustainable platform technology for bioenergy production. The development of efficient and cost-effective technologies that can remove pollutants from wastewater and generate renewable energy simultaneously has thus become a significant global priority. Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) represent one such promising technology that utilises the metabolic activities of microorganisms to recover energy from wastewater. MFCs offer an eco-friendly, sustainable, and renewable energy source, and their integration with wastewater treatment has been shown to be more effective than traditional techniques, by removing pollutants more efficiently and generating bioelectricity simultaneously. In this Special Issue, we encourage authors to submit original research articles, review papers, and short communications that address the various aspects related to the development and application of MFCs as a sustainable platform technology for bioenergy. The scope of this Special Issue includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:

- MFC technology development for wastewater treatment and bioenergy production;

- Integrated approaches for wastewater treatment and resource recovery using MFCs;

- Microbial community structures in MFCs;

- Optimisation of MFC designs and operation;

- Process control and monitoring within MFCs;

- Wastewater treatment efficiency and performance of MFCs;

- Modelling and simulation of MFCs;

- MFC-based biosensors for wastewater quality monitoring and control;

- Integration of MFCs with other bioenergy technologies;

- Development of advanced MFC electrode materials;

- Advances in life-cycle assessment (LCA) of MFCs

- MFCs for bioelectricity production;

- MFC-based systems for energy recovery from waste streams;

- Techno-economic analysis of MFCs for commercial-scale wastewater treatment and bioenergy 31 production.

The fields of wastewater engineering and MFCs can provide a sustainable solution for water conservation, energy generation, and resource recovery. The purpose of this Special Issue is to present the most recent research on MFCs as a sustainable platform technology for bioenergy production and effluent treatment. We welcome submissions from researchers in academia, industry, and government working in any of these areas. Manuscripts will undergo peer review and evaluation based on scientific quality, clarity, and relevance to the theme of this Special Issue. We believe that the publication of high-quality research papers in this Special Issue will help advance the field of wastewater engineering and MFCs as a sustainable platform technology for bioenergy, bridging the water-waste-energy nexus. The engineering and scientific community will benefit from a better understanding of the underlying scientific principles, design, and operation of MFCs as well as insights into their potential applications and limitations.

We do hope that you will join us in this exciting initiative and submit your original contributions to this Special Issue. We look forward to receiving, reviewing, and publishing your outstanding research work.

Dr. Kiran Tota-Maharaj
Prof. Dr. Colin D. Hills
Dr. Sandeep Singh
Dr. Denver Cheddie
Guest Editors

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  • wastewater engineering
  • microbial fuel cells (MFCs)
  • bioenergy
  • biosensors
  • resource recovery
  • waste streams
  • electrochemical characterisation

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23 pages, 3124 KiB  
Toward Climate Neutrality: A Comprehensive Overview of Sustainable Operations Management, Optimization, and Wastewater Treatment Methods
Pollutants 2023, 3(4), 521-543; https://doi.org/10.3390/pollutants3040036 - 15 Nov 2023
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Various studies have been conducted in the fields of sustainable operations management (SOM), optimization, and wastewater treatment, yielding unsubstantiated recovery. In the context of Europe’s climate neutrality vision, this paper reviews effective decarbonization strategies and proposes sustainable approaches to mitigate carbonization in various [...] Read more.
Various studies have been conducted in the fields of sustainable operations management (SOM), optimization, and wastewater treatment, yielding unsubstantiated recovery. In the context of Europe’s climate neutrality vision, this paper reviews effective decarbonization strategies and proposes sustainable approaches to mitigate carbonization in various sectors such as buildings, energy, industry, and transportation and how these interlink with wastewater management. The study also explores the role of digitalization in decarbonization and reviews policies that can direct governments’ actions towards a climate-neutral society. This paper presents a review of optimization approaches applied in the fields of science and technology, incorporating modern optimization techniques based on various peer-reviewed published research papers. It emphasizes non-conventional energy and distributed power-generating systems along with the deregulated and regulated environment. Additionally, this paper critically reviews the performance and capability of the micellar-enhanced ultrafiltration (MEUF) process in the treatment of dye wastewater. The review presents evidence of the simultaneous removal of co-existing pollutants and explores the feasibility and efficiency of biosurfactants instead of chemical surfactants. Lastly, the paper proposes a novel Firm–Regulator–Consumer-Technology Enablers/Facilitators interaction framework to study operations, decisions and interactive cooperation considering the relationships between the four agents through a comprehensive literature review of SOM. The proposed framework provides support for exploring future research opportunities and holistic sustainability initiatives. Full article
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