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Advances and Challenges at the Waste-to-Bioenergy/Biorefinery Nexus


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1Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, China

2University Tuebingen, Tuebingen, Germany

3Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, China


Advances and Challenges at the Waste-to-Bioenergy/Biorefinery Nexus

Description

Population growth and industrialization across the globe are leading to the production of larger waste volumes. This will occur even though the current rate of waste production is already exceeding the capacity of existing waste management infrastructure in many parts of the world. The environmental consequences of inadequate waste management are already being realized on both the small and global scale, through, for example, the pollution of local air/water bodies and climate change. While these increases in waste production pose many challenges, they also present many opportunities to develop novel technologies to not only better stabilize these wastes, but also recover valuable resources, such as energy, green chemicals, and nutrients. Therefore, a shift aimed at carbon and resource recovery from waste streams has been implemented as an alternative approach to conventional waste management. For example, biological treatment of wastewaters may be coupled to microalgae-based biofuel production. Also, advanced fermentation processes may be used to recover carbon or produce green chemicals, including methane and/or carboxylic acids. The biorefinery concept is also being increasingly implemented in the industrial sector to recover energy and resources from on-site waste streams. Syngas, for example, a common byproduct in many industrial processes, including steel production, may serve as feedstock for the fermentative production of green chemicals, such as acetic acid and ethanol.

In response to this emerging scientific field, we are organizing a special issue to serve as a platform for novel research that addresses these challenges and specific applications of waste-to-bioenergy or biorefinery concepts. Because it is important for the development of every novel technology to consider the broader environmental impacts and economic feasibility, we of course welcome studies involving life-cycle assessment, technoeconomic analysis, and process safety assessment. Finally, any forms of theoretical papers, methodological studies, empirical research, and clinical studies (or combination thereof) are also welcome.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Nutrient recycling/recovery from waste
  • Carbon recovery and utilization
  • Biomass (i.e., algae) production using waste streams
  • Biofuels from biomass
  • Biomass to fuels and chemicals
  • Bioplastics from biomass
  • Advanced technologies for waste reclamation/valorization
  • Disposal of residues from waste treatment
  • Life-cycle assessment and technoeconomic analysis of renewable energy technologies
  • Safety assessment of process and bioproducts involved

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 3642363
  • - Editorial

Advances and Challenges at the Waste-to-Bioenergy/Biorefinery Nexus

Shijian Ge | Joseph Usack | Bin Ma
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 1503126
  • - Review Article

Determination of Microalgal Lipid Content and Fatty Acid for Biofuel Production

Zhipeng Chen | Lingfeng Wang | ... | Shijian Ge
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 9192607
  • - Research Article

Effect of Free Nitrous Acid on Nitrous Oxide Production and Denitrifying Phosphorus Removal by Polyphosphorus-Accumulating Organisms in Wastewater Treatment

Zhijia Miao | Duo Li | ... | Aiguo Li
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 9536761
  • - Research Article

Keeping a Completely Autotrophic Nitrogen Removal over Nitrite System Effective in Treating Low Ammonium Wastewater by Adopting an Alternative Low and High Ammonium Influent Regime

Qinglong Chang | Weigang Wang | ... | Yayi Wang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 6878741
  • - Research Article

The Productivity Dynamics of China’s Environmentally Friendly Production Technologies in terms of Wastewater Treatment Techniques

Fuxia Yang | Mian Yang | Jiangchuan Xu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2018
  • - Article ID 8278970
  • - Research Article

Analysis of Bacterial Community Structure of Activated Sludge from Wastewater Treatment Plants in Winter

Shuang Xu | Junqin Yao | ... | Yanjiang Zhang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 2057035
  • - Research Article

Efficient Utilization of Waste Carbon Source for Advanced Nitrogen Removal of Landfill Leachate

Kai Wang | Wenjun Yin | ... | Daoji Wu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 3691819
  • - Research Article

Study of Nitrogen Removal Performance When Treating Low Carbon Sewage Using External Solid Carbon Sources in SBBR Systems

Li-qiu Zhang | Pei-fen He | ... | Deng-min Wang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 2564363
  • - Research Article

Analysis of the Metabolites of Indole Degraded by an Isolated Acinetobacter pittii L1

Zuoyi Yang | Junhui Zhou | ... | Yujie Wang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 1089696
  • - Research Article

Start-Up and Aeration Strategies for a Completely Autotrophic Nitrogen Removal Process in an SBR

Xiaoling Zhang | Fan Zhang | ... | Zhengqun Li
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