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Integrated Economic and Environmental Assessment of Energy Production

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2023)

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Laboratoire of molecular and cellular screening processes, Centre of biotechnology of sfax, University of SFAX, Road Sidi Mansour Km 6, Tunisia
Interests: Research in environmental and industrial biotechnology; Microbial Ecology of extreme environnements (petroleum reservoirs); Production of bioactive molecules

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Center of Excellence in Environmental Studies and Department of Marine Biology, Faculty of Marine Sciences, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah-21589, Saudi Arabia
Interests: Biological treatment of domestic and industrial wastewater (Petroleum, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetic, Textile, Aquaculture, Olive industry and Tannery); Wastewater treatment coupled with bioenergy production; Biohydrogen production from macro and microalgae; Evaluvation of pretreatment methods for biofuel/bioenergy production; Microbial Fuel Cells; Molecular Microbiology in wastewater treatment

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Department of Biotechnology, Central university of Tamilnadu, Tiruvarur 610005, India
Interests: bioenergy (methane and hydrogen) generation from waste biomass (sludge, algae, plant); wastewater treatment: nutrient removal, aerobic (membrane bioreactor) and anaerobic (hybrid upflow anaerobic sludge blanket); bioelectricity generation via microbial fuel cell
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues:

Currently, global energy consumption is increasing due to population expansion and the rapid growth of the industrial sector. Existing fossil fuels (crude oil, coal, and gas) have reached the decline phase and are unable to meet the global fuel demand; additionally, high consumption leads to the release of different toxic pollutants into the environment and, therefore, are unable to meet stringent air/water quality limitations set by environmental protection agencies. The need for renewable energy to achieve sustainable growth is the key to control the carbondioxide level in the environment. Solar cells, wind energy, and biohydrogen have been identified as the ecofriendly renewable energy sources for sustainable development. Recently, researchers have focused on biofuel from different sources to meet the domestic and industrial energy demands. Biohydrogen production from different bioresources (microalgae and macroalgae) using microorganisms is the promising technology for clean energy production. Biohydrogen production is executed by biophotolysis with the support of light and dark fermentation without light support and microbial fuel cells. Biohydrogen possess a high-energy value in comparison with wind and solar energy, as well as the high storage capacity of energy compared to coal and gasoline. Present day research studies are focused on the treatment of domestic and industrial wastewater treatment coupled with bioenergy (biohydrogen/bioelectricity) production using potential bacterial strains. The current Special Issue will mainly focus on the bioenergy production to discover the interesting novel technologies involved in bioenergy production from different bioresources and waste using microorganisms. The Special Issue is mainly interested in high-quality research articles and critical review articles related to the following themes:

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


  • Bioenergy production from domestic and industrial wastewater;
  • Bioenergy production technologies;
  • Conversion of waste to bioenergy production;
  • Anaerobic digestion;
  • Bioresources for bioenergy production;
  • Biohydrogen production from macroalgae and microalgae;
  • Pretreatment methods for enhanced energy production;
  • Novel catalyst and biocatalyst for bioenergy production;
  • Microbial Fuel Cell for wastewater treatment and energy production;
  • Production of biofuel (biohydrogen/biomethane) from cost effective industrial waste;
  • Use of bioenergy to control pollution;
  • Environment impact assessment on application of bioenergy as alternate for fossil fuels;
  • Nanomaterials in energy production;
  • Biofilm for treatment process.

I/We look forward to receiving your contributions.


Dr. Arulazhagan Pugazhendi

Dr. Rajesh Banu Jeyakumar

Dr. Sami Mnif

Guest Editor

Dr. Sami Mnif
Prof. Dr. Arulazhagan Pugazhendi
Dr. Rajesh Banu Jeyakumar
Guest Editors

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