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Food Waste Valorization and Anaerobic Digestion

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (19 April 2024) | Viewed by 178

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
School of Agricultural Science, Hellenic Mediterranean University, Educational and Research Committee, 71401 Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Interests: anaerobic digestion; utilization of agro-industrial waste; the use of solid and liquid biomass to generate electricity and heat; management of agro-industrial and municipal solid waste using solar drying; the environmental assessment of the above processes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Anaerobic digestion (AD) from organic waste has gained worldwide attention because it offers significant environmental and economic benefits. Through recycling, it is possible to reduce local waste, conserve resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve economic resilience in the face of a future where waste management and energy production are uncertain. Turning waste into a renewable energy source will assist the decarbonization of the economy by reducing harmful emissions and pollutants. Because not all types of processes and reactors are successful for processing organic waste, choosing an appropriate AD method and reactor is important.

This Special Issue, entitled “Food Waste Valorization and Anaerobic Digestion”, aims at contributing to the domain with novel approaches, advancements, and practices in food waste valorization with anaerobic digestion systems toward the implementation of circular economy principles. Additionally, this Special Issue is of great importance for ongoing work on renewable energy generation from food waste and provides important knowledge of innovative waste processing.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Energy utilization from food waste.
  • Reactor technologies for food waste.
  • Biogas upgrade and digestate utilization.
  • Dark fermentation of food waste.
  • Hydrogen production.
  • Driving the energy and agroecological transition.
  • Investing in the biomethane value chain.

I look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Angeliki Maragkaki
Guest Editor

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  • waste management
  • food waste
  • co-digestion
  • biogas
  • hydrogen
  • energy
  • anaerobic digestion
  • dark fermentation
  • optimization
  • process parameters
  • pre-treatment methods
  • systematic review

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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