Paliva (Fuels) is a scientific journal issued quarterly by the Faculty of Environmental Technology, ICT Prague. Fuels publishes papers on a broad range of topics covering exploitation, processing, upgrading, and utilization of various types of fuels, and power engineering.
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welcome to the website of the journal Paliva (Fuels). The journal is published quarterly in online format, which allows a broad and rapid access for readers. The journal is open not only to researchers but also for technicians and other professionals working in plants, refineries, power stations, gasworks and companies processing, handling or trading both fossil and alternative fuels. The aim of the journal is to share information between professional research organizations and users of research results.
Since 2010 the journal Paliva (Fuels) is included in the list of recognized peer-reviewed journals, issued by the Research, Development and Innovation Council of the government of the Czech Republic. Amongst other requirements that must be met to be a member of the group of journals, all papers published in the journal undergo a review process by two independent reviewers.
We sincerely hope you become regular readers of the journal and perhaps contributors in its future issues. Thank you.

Karel Ciahotný
editor in chief

Paliva (Fuels) Journal was included in CAS databases

We are proud to annouce that Paliva (Fuels) Journal was successfully evaluated by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) and included to the CAS databases among more than 10 thousand scientific journals worldwide. Starting with the 2015 issues, CAS collects bibliographic information and abstracts of articles issued by Fuels, which makes the access to the findings published in the journal substantially easier for scientists and field specialists from over the world.

Paliva (Fuels) included in Scopus database

In 2019, when Paliva celebrates its 10th anniversary, the journal was succesfully evaluated and included in Scopus. Paliva is the only periodical in its research field published in the Czech Republic indexed by Scopus database. Since then, we expect further increase of the quality of published papers and greater proportion of papers written in English. It is also an oncoming opportunity for new authors from both industry and academic sphere.


Current issue:

Low-temperature treatment of waste PET

Pavel Straka, Olga Bičáková, Nikoleta Čímová

Today, waste plastics represent a promising source both for energy production and chemicals. One way to use their potential is pyrolysis under well-defined conditions. This work presents a suitable method for treat-ment of waste polyethylene terephthalate (PET) using low-temperature pyrolysis realized by heating rates of 5 °C.min-1 (slow pyrolysis) or 25 °C.min-1 (fast pyrolysis) up to final temperature of 400 °C. Under these con-ditions, the valuable products were formed, namely solid fuel with HHV 31-33 and liquid mixture containing mainly ethylene glycol and aldehydes. While slow pyrolysis provides mainly solid fuel, ethylene glycol and aldehydes, main products of fast pyrolysis are solid fuel and paraldehyde.

Keywords: PET, Pyrolysis, Ethylene glycol, Aldehyde, Solid fuel

Remediation of scrap iron contaminated by odorants

Petr Buryan, Siarhei Skoblia
In general it can be stated that the newly developed remediation process eliminates naturally applied natural gas odorant - tetrahydrothiophene with an aqueous solution of perborate with the addition of acetic acid at normal temperature by immersion of contaminated metal and plastic material.
During a detail laboratory study, it was demonstrated by gas chromatography using a specific sulfur chemiluminescent detector that 1 kg of tetrahydrothiophene could be used to decontaminate 1 kg of tetrahydrothiophene 3.5 kg of sodium perborate in the presence of CH3COOH.
The total oxidative decomposition time of the odorant occurred in about 20 hours. At elevated temperatures - 40° C - the process proceeds at a slightly higher rate. A higher ratio of perborate to tetrahydrothiophene also has a positive effect on the faster course and degree of decomposition.
Keywords: odorant, remediaton, tetrahydrothiophene, scrap iron
1/2021 - pages 10 - 15DOI: 10.35933/paliva.2021.01.02

Characterization of possible alternative materials for the production of marine fuels

Dominik Schlehöfer, Aleš Vráblík, Radek Černý

Maritime transport is a significant contributor to the environmental pollution. For this reason, the maximum sulfur content in liquid marine fuels has been drastically reduced since January 1st 2020 for deep sea areas. This reduction can be solved by diluting the conventional high sulfur fuels with suitable low sulfur components. However, mixing two or more components with each other carries a potential risk of incompatibility or instability of the final product, especially in the case of longer storage and subsequent transportation to the end consumers. For the above reasons, this work deals with the mapping of alternative raw materials that could be used to produce very low sulfur fuel oils (VLSFO) with a sulfur level up to 0.5 wt%. A total of 5 raw materials (1 conventional fuel oil – HSFO and 4 alternative raw materials) were characterized. The individual raw materials were compared to each other with regard to the quality properties required for marine fuels according to the ISO 8217. Subsequently, the suitability of these raw materials for further mixing was outlined in order to meet the required quality parameters for marine fuel mixing.

Keywords: marine fuels, alternative feedstocks, compatibility, stability
1/2021 - pages 16 - 23DOI: 10.35933/paliva.2021.01.03

Methods of landfill gas treatment in landfills in integrated prevention system

Karolína Keprtová, Jan Kolář

The article focuses on the issue of landfill gas management in landfills, which are within the scope of Act No. 76/2002 Coll., on integrated prevention. Although landfilling as a way of disposing of municipal waste is in decline, the subsequent care of landfills will continue for another decade after their closure, and landfill gas must be captured even then. The article summarizes information on the method of landfill gas management obtained through the information system of integrated prevention as well as the rules for landfill gas management according to the valid Czech technical standards. According to data obtained from the public database of the integrated prevention system, 136 relevant landfills were identified. The application of a cogeneration has the largest share in the way of landfill gas management. If a cogeneration unit is installed at the landfill, it is in most cases operated by a company other than the landfill operator. It was also found that the region with the lowest population density has the largest number of landfills with low capacity. Due to the fact that the production of landfill gas decreases over time, it is possible that there will be changes in the way landfill gas is handled at individual landfills.

Keywords: landfill gas; integrated prevention; IPPC, combined heat and powe
1/2021 - pages 24 - 29DOI: 10.35933/paliva.2021.01.04

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