Special Issue "Clean Energy Technology and CO2 Emission Control"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2021.
Interests: R&D in heterogeneous catalysis, solid state chemistry, and green chemical processes: catalysis for hydrogen production and storage; combined heat and power processes based on fuel cell technologies; catalysis and process technologies for resource recovery from gas, liquid, and solid wastes; reaction and process coupling for the activation and conversion of light alkanes
2. State Key Laboratory of Heavy Oil Processing, China University of Petroleum, Beijing 102249, China
Interests: environmental catalysis; rare earth catalysis; petroleum refining and chemical catalysis and new catalytic materials
Interests: clean energy conversion (Fischer-Tropsch synthesis) and environmental protection (three wastes treatment) catalysis; nano-catalytic materials; green chemical process technology; catalytic pyrolysis of organic solid waste
The control of greenhouse gas emissions and the mitigation of the global warming process has become a broad consensus in the global political, economic, and science and technology fields. The accumulation of greenhouse gases, especially CO2, in the atmosphere stems from the human overexploitation and excessive consumption of fossil energy. According to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2020 (BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2020 | 69th edition), the world total fossil energy consumption and CO2 emission reached 583.9 exajoules and 34169.0 million tons, respectively, in 2019. All renewable energy (excluding hydroelectricity and nuclear energy) amounts to only 5.0% of the total energy consumption. The amount of CO2 emission is still increasing at a rate of around 1% annually, which is about 340 million tons per annum. What kind of technologies or processes could offer a capability to consume such a huge amount of CO2? Chemical fixation, storage in abandoned oil wells, or just waiting until it is adsorbed in the ocean? Who will pay for that CO2 capture and processing? The problem seems not to be as simple as expected, and the challenge is the mismatch between the scale of emissions and the scale of elimination. Effective routes for the reduction of CO2 emission include using both fossil fuels and renewable energy in more efficient ways and increasing energy production from renewable resources. Chemical fixation or production of chemicals from CO2 may find opportunities where CO2 could be easily and economically available, but those processes could be insignificant in reducing CO2 emissions because of the scale limitation of the market for the CO2-derived products.
The 3rd National Conference on Energy and Environmental Science and Technology held in Chongqing, China on 23–26 April 2021 has the theme of “Energy and Environmental Technology in the New Era”, aiming to discuss the current energy and environment issues in wide disciplinary fields covering technologies for energy production, conversion, storage, and utilization, as well as related environmental issues. This Special Issue will collect papers extended from the abstracts of the meeting presentations. Papers related but not limited to the following topics are highly recommended for submission.
- Clean fuel production from fossil resources;
- Hydrogen production and fuel cell technologies;
- CO2 fixation using renewable energy or resources;
- CO2 capture and conversion technology;
- Catalysis for biomass conversion and utilization;
- Catalysis technologies for resource recovery.
Prof. Dr. Shetian Liu
Prof. Dr. Zhen Zhao
Prof. Dr. Mingsheng Luo
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- clean fuels production from fossil resources
- hydrogen production and fuel cell technologies
- CO2 fixation using renewable energy or resources
- CO2 capture and conversion technology
- catalysis for biomass conversion and utilization
- catalysis technologies for resource recovery