Designing a feedstock recipe for the biogas plant

Scientists at the University of Debrecen (Hungary) recently published an article regarding the feedstock recipe design to enhance the biogas production of a local biogas plant (Optimization of Raw Material Composition in an Agricultural Biogas Plant, DOI: 10.17737/tre.2017.3.1.0031). Authors emphasized that, from the perspective of greenhouse gas emissions, biogas production from energy crop is preferred and has the lowest carbon dioxide emission. Meanwhile, the construction and operation of a biogas plant is a combination of economic and technical considerations. It is thus important to ensure a stable and continuous supply of feedstock with suitable quality and quantities. Feedstock conditioning offers the significant potential for process optimization, and increases digestion rates and biogas yields.

For this purpose, they analyzed the performance of a local biogas plant during last 3 years and developed a linear program model to predict the recipes’ potential reserves and the level of heterosis effect. They concluded that biogas plants serving for disposal of the slurry from livestock farms have relatively modest possibilities for increasing yield, since they are scaled for constantly processing hardly storable raw materials with modest biogas yields. However, optimization of this kind of feedstocks is still possible, for example, the use of the high organic-content materials like energy crops, silage maize, and grass silage.

Contact: Dr. habil Bai Attila, Email: bai.attila@econ.unideb.hu
More information: http://dx.doi.org/10.17737/tre.2017.3.1.0031

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OAI-PMH registration record

OAI-PMH registration record for the journal of Trends in Renewable Energy

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2016 Paper of the Year Award-Trends in Renewable Energy (TRE)

The 2016 TRE Paper of the Year goes to “A Review of Hydrothermal Carbonization of Carbohydrates for Carbon Spheres Preparation” (DOI: 10.17737/tre.2015.1.1.009).

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2016 Author of the Year Award-Trends in Renewable Energy (TRE)

In order to express our deepest appreciation for authors’ endless supports during 2016, the 2016 TRE Author of the Year Award goes to Dr. Athanasios G. Lazaropoulos, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece.

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PKP Private LOCKSS Network (PLN) is used for the Trends in Renewable Energy

The current OJS system is upgraded to version 2.4.8. Now the PKP Private LOCKSS Network (PKP PLN) is used to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More information about PKP LOCKSS.

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Maintenance of Trends in Renewable Energy website

For Trends in Renewable Energy website, the current OJS system will be upgraded, and the access to the journal website may be interrupted from time to time. During maintenance, all published papers can be downloaded via our Google Drive account. New manuscript can be submitted via email to the editor-in-chief bzhang@futureenergysp.com or TheFutureEnergyOrg@gmail.com.

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Happy New Year to all enthusiastic authors and editorial team members

The Trends in Renewable Energy (TRE) successfully concluded the second volume, and heading to another year. We deeply appreciate your support, and are looking forward to continuously working with all colleagues around the world.

The 2016 TRE Author of the Year Award goes to Dr. Athanasios G. Lazaropoulos at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. Dr. Lazaropoulos contributed over 10 high quality papers to our journal during last two years. The great support of the authors encourages us to improve.

The 2016 TRE Paper of the Year goes to “A Review of Hydrothermal Carbonization of Carbohydrates for Carbon Spheres Preparation” (DOI: 10.17737/tre.2015.1.1.009). Within a short period of time, this paper received 6 citations including 3 external citations. Both the effort of authors and the power of open-access showed impacts to the renewable energy field.

During last two years, we have been accumulating knowledge of running a scientific journal. Now is the time to move forward. We are pursuing to be indexed in renowned indexes, such as the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Science Citation Index (SCI of Web of Science Core Collection), and Ei Compendex.

To prepare this journal to pass the evaluations conducted by multiple indexes, the journal is now an open accessed, peer-reviewed semi-annual journal with completely Free-of-Charge publication policy (i.e. no cost to authors and readers). We will continue the TRE’s mission to publish quality reviews, original research, and application-oriented papers, providing a communication platform that is run exclusively by scientists working in the renewable energy field. Papers are invited on any individual topic related to renewable energy or those that are interdisciplinary.

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NOMINATION FOR THE 2016 TRE AWARDS

Please nominate candidates for following two awards of Trends in Renewable Energy by 12/31/2016:
2016 Author of the Year
2016 Paper of the Year
Candidate for author of the year shall show significant contributions to the journal.
Candidate for paper of the Year shall show its impact to the renewable energy field. All published papers in 2015-2016 can be the candidate.

Please nominate candidates at our discussion group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8277080

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Preparing for the evaluation of SCI and EI/compendex index

Trends in Renewable Energy will soon enter its third year. Our journal will be submitted to the SCI and EI/compendex index for their review in this December. The evaluation will last approximately 1.5 years. To pass the evaluation, the number and quality of publications are highly dependent on contributions from the editorial team. I’ll start to solicit manuscripts from our editorial board members very soon. In addition, the publication frequency of the journal is reduced to be semi-annual to ensure that each issue has five or more papers.

Bo Zhang
Editor in Chief

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Call for Book Chapters on “Hydroprocessing Catalysts and Processes”

Dr. Duncan Seddon and I are currently editing a book entitled “Hydroprocessing catalysts and processes: The challenges for bio-fuels production”, which will be published in the Catalytic Science series by World Scientific Publishing. This book is to introduce the recent progress in the mechanism of hydroprocessing reactions, application of different metals in hydroprocessing, the effect of catalyst supports, advances in preparation technologies, applications in refining new feedstock, commercial processes, hydrogen production, and environmental and safety issues. Published book will have DOIs assigned to each chapter, and being indexed in Google Scholar, Books Citation Index, and other relevant databases.

More about the publisher: World Scientific Publishing is one of the world’s largest scientific publishers with more than 30 years’ experience. Their team has offices in New Jersey, London, Munich, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, and Singapore. World Scientific is the exclusive partner of the Nobel Foundation, publishing the complete set of Nobel Lectures in all subjects since 1901. Their authors include Nobel Laureates, Field Medalists, and national academicians.

Some potential contributors have been contacted during last two months. However, we still need authors to cover following proposed topics, including:

  • Noble metal based hydroprocessing catalysts
  • Effects of Catalyst Support on Hydroprocessing
  • Commercial hydroprocessing processes
  • Trends in Hydroprocessing Spent Catalysts Utilization

In addition, we welcome that experts select your own topics for the chapter. The chapter has following suggested delivery dates:

Chapter Plan Due: 30/11/2016; First Draft due: 01/31/2017; Final Draft due: 03/31/2017

The publisher is flexible about both delivery date and content. They will offer a complimentary copy of the book as remuneration, and provide the pdf version of the book. If you can participate in writing, please email me at (bzhang@futureenergysp.com or bzhang_wh@foxmail.com).

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