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Sustainable Progress and Investigation of Alternative Fuels in Hard-to-Electrify Transportation Sectors

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 6 July 2024 | Viewed by 153

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School of Energy and Electrical Engineering, Chang’an University, Xi’an 710064, China
Interests: alternative fuels for heavy-duty and maritime sectors
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School of Energy and Electrical Engineering, Chang’an University, Xi’an 710064, China
Interests: sustainable aviation fuel

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Mechanical and Electrical Engineering College, Hainan University, Haikou 570228, China
Interests: alternative fuels for heaty-duty and maritime sectors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

To address the issue of climate change and achieve a carbon neutral economy, we must eliminate the majority of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from all sectors. The transportation sector accounts for a major share of global GHG emissions as it depends heavily on petroleum fuels. In particular, emissions from hard-to-electrify contributors, including heavy-duty vehicles, aviation, and maritime, make decarbonization more challenging. The utilization of sustainable fuels in order to replace petroleum fuels could facilitate the decarbonization of these contributors during the transition toward net zero emissions.

Currently, alternative fuels including hydrogen, ammonia, and e-fuels are likely to be practical for heavy-duty and maritime transportations, while sustainable aviation fuel is appropriate for the aviation sector. However, with the introduction of alternative fuels into these sectors, the associated combustion and emissions characteristics should be understood to co-optimize the fuel and engine technologies. In addition, the life cycle assessment and techno-economic assessment of alternative fuels for heavy-duty vehicles, aviation, and maritime applications should be conducted to evaluate their potential ability to reduce emissions.

This Special Issue aims to provide a platform for researchers and scholars to share their latest studies on the applications of alternative fuels in heavy-duty vehicles, aviation, and maritime vessels. In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Fundamental combustion characteristics of alternative fuels;
  • Combustion and emissions of engines fueling with alternative fuels;
  • Life cycle assessment (LCA) and techno-economic assessment (TEA) of alternative fuels for heavy-duty vehicles, aviation, and maritime applications.

I/We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Xiaochen Wang
Dr. Hongliang Xiao
Prof. Dr. Zhenbin Chen
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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.

Keywords

  • alternative fuels
  • transportation sector
  • combustion and emissions
  • life cycle assessment (LCA)
  • techno-economic assessment (TEA)

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