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Promising Alternative Fuels and Sustainability

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 3 September 2024 | Viewed by 265

Special Issue Editors

Global Sustainability Centre, American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Houston, TX 77389, USA
Interests: alternative fuels; fuel combustion and emission; carbon capture and storage; AI-driven sustainability projection; maritime decarbonization; process systems engineering

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Department fo Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-3122, USA
Interests: process safety; machine learning; flammability; composites
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to submit your recent findings to the Special Issue with the title “Promising Alternative Fuels and Sustainability”.

The green energy transition is a complex and ongoing process that involves multiple industrial stakeholders. It represents a departure from conventional fossil fuels towards cleaner and more sustainable sources of energy. To achieve carbon neutrality and carbon net zero goals, many industries put alternative fuels at the top of decarbonization drivers. To date, many alternative fuels have shown promising characteristics in the decarbonization journey, including methanol, ammonia, hydrogen, biofuels, etc. The evaluation factors of alternative fuels may involve safety, sustainability, affordability, scalability, availability, technology, and infrastructure readiness levels. Many researchers have contributed to the field of alternative fuels in recent years, but more cutting-edge studies are needed to debottleneck the challenges of renewable energy applications.

This Special Issue aims to collect wide-ranging high-quality scientific papers focused on pioneering techniques for boosting and evaluating alternative fuel applications and innovative solutions for the energy transition along alternative fuel value chains.

Alternative fuel studies are driven by a combination of environmental, safety, economic, and energy security concerns, with the goal of reducing GHG emissions and fostering a more sustainable and resilient energy system. Original research articles and reviews are welcome. Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Lifecycle assessment (LCA) and carbon footprint analysis for alternative fuel pathways;
  • Quantitative/qualitative risk assessment for alternative fuel operations;
  • Fire/explosion consequence modeling and toxic dispersion modeling;
  • Theoretical calculation and simulation of low-carbon fuel pathways;
  • Techno-economic/feasibility studies for alternative-fuel-based facilities/fleet;
  • Process modeling and process intensification for alternative fuel production and transportation;
  • Green corridors toward carbon net zero;
  • Data/AI-driven sustainability prediction and validation;
  • Social and economic impacts of emerging alternative fuels.

In this Special Issue, research papers, case studies, reviews, and short communications will be accepted.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Chenxi Ji
Dr. Qingsheng Wang
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • renewable energy
  • green fuel pathways
  • GHG emissions
  • sustainable technology
  • transportation decarbonization
  • carbon neutrality
  • oil and gas value chain
  • AI-driven sustainability projection
  • marine alternative fuels

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