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Membrane Materials and Processes for Advanced Electrochemical Energy Systems

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2021) | Viewed by 4495

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Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark
Interests: salinity gradient energy; reverse electrodialysis; water electrolysis; hydrogen production; ion exchange membrane; flow batteries; CO2 valorization
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Dear Colleagues,

At present, global energy demand is increasing at an unsustainable rate, with an estimated rise by 48% between 2012 and 2040. Global energy-related CO2 emissions are expected to increase by 46% within the same time interval. Therefore, the development of clean energy technologies able to alleviate the skyrocketing energy demand and mitigate the rising CO2 emissions is urgently required. Membrane materials and processes now play a crucial role, among others, for the design and development of novel electrochemical technologies for energy conversion and storage systems. In particular, ion exchange membrane materials have been used as a key component to construct highly efficient and economically affordable energy technologies. This Special Issue will therefore aim at a systematic analysis of the existing and new ion-exchange membranes and processes, opportunities, and challenges for developing advanced electrochemical energy conversion and storage technologies including reverse electrodialysis, water electrolysis and flow batteries, and related processes. Papers can be original research, reviews, perspectives, communications, and viewpoints related to the aforementioned electrochemical energy systems towards establishing a sustainable society.

Dr. Ramato Ashu Tufa
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • ion-exchange membranes and processes
  • electrochemical energy conversion
  • reverse electrodialysis
  • water electrolysis
  • flow batteries
  • energy conversion and storage systems
  • CO2 valorization

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Deployable Membrane-Based Energy Technologies: the Ethiopian Prospect
Sustainability 2020, 12(21), 8792; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12218792 - 22 Oct 2020
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Membrane-based energy technologies are presently gaining huge interest due to the fundamental engineering and potentially broad range of applications, with economic advantages over some of the competing technologies. Herein, we assess the potential deployability of the existing and emerging membrane-based energy technologies (MEnT) [...] Read more.
Membrane-based energy technologies are presently gaining huge interest due to the fundamental engineering and potentially broad range of applications, with economic advantages over some of the competing technologies. Herein, we assess the potential deployability of the existing and emerging membrane-based energy technologies (MEnT) in Ethiopia. First, the status of the current energy technologies is provided along with the active energy and environmental policies to shape the necessary research strategies for technology planning and implementation. Ethiopia is a landlocked country, which limits the effective extraction of energy, for instance, from seawater using alternative, clean technologies such as reverse electrodialysis and pressure retarded osmosis. However, there exists an excess off-grid solar power (up to 5 MW) and wind which can be used to drive water electrolyzers for hydrogen production. Hydrogen is a versatile energy carrier that, for instance, can be used in fuel cells providing zero-emission solutions for transport and mobility. Although Ethiopia is not among the largest CO2 emitters, with more than 90% energy supply obtained from waste and biomass, the economic and industrial growth still calls for alternative CO2 capture and use technologies, which are highlighted in this work. We believe that the present work provides (i) the status and potential for the implementation of MEnT in Ethiopia (ii) and basic guidance for researchers exploring new energy pathways toward sustainable development in developing countries. Full article
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