Journal of Building Engineering, Volume 18, July 2018, Pages 476-486.

The goal of this manuscript is to examine whether the current EU calculation method for the energy efficiency of heat pumps is sufficiently accurate to inform consumers. Simplifications and disregarded influences may lead to disinformation and result in market disturbances. This supports SDG 7 (clean and affordable energy), 9 (Industry, innovation and infrastructure) and essentially 13 (Climate action).

Sustainable Materials and Technologies, Volume 17, 2018, e00064, ISSN 2214-9937

Waste Li foils from spent experimental Li-coin-cells pose a potential risk and a waste of lithium if they are not treated. For this paper, waste Li foils were recycled in the form of black LiFePO4/C powders with the recovery of about 80%. The recovered LiFePO4/C cathode delivered satisfactory electrochemical performance, advancing SDGs 7, 9 and 12.

Sustainable Materials and Technologies, Volume 17, 2018, e00062, ISSN 2214-9937

In this study, froth flotation experiments were carried out with a variety of new and spent lithium-ion batteries using kerosene as the collector. The results show that the froth flotation method works well in separating anode and cathode materials, and therefore could be integrated with the direct recycling method to close the loop of materials used in Li-ion batteries. This addresses SDGs 7, 9 and 12.
Directly contributing to SDGs 2 (zero hunger), 6 (clean water and sanitation) and 7 (affordable and clean energy), this paper proposes a solar energy enabled desalination process for producing fresh water, electricity generation and hydrogen production.

Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Volume 133, Jun 2018, Pages 343-353.

This research contributes to SDGs 6 (clean water and sanitation), 7 (affordable and clean energy), 12 (responsible consumption and production) and 15 (life on land). The study specifically maps and quantifies nitrogen nutrient flows in a local food-energy-water system and indicates how such modeling could inform decision-making for sustainable management of nutrients.
Despite its potential advantages, a bioenergy system poses several conceptual and operational challenges for academic as well as practical scrutiny because the inherent relationship and the intersection of areas related to energy production and agricultural activity requires a deeply integrated assessment. The aim of this paper is to review the available works in this field and propose an approach for supporting policymakers in the decision taking process of deploying sustainable bioenergy systems and in doing so, help to inform SDG 7.
100% in 139 countries
For the world to reverse global warming, eliminate millions of annual air-pollution deaths, and provide secure energy, every country must have an energy roadmap based on widely available, reliable, zero-emission energy technologies. In support of SDG 7, this study presents such roadmaps for 139 countries of the world. These roadmaps are far more aggressive than what the Paris agreement calls for, but are still technically and economically feasible.

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 76, September 2017, Pages 72-80

Under SDG 7, there are targets to increase renewable energy sources that include biomass, hydroelectric, wind, solar and hydrothermal systems, are carbon-neutral, releasing relatively no emissions. This paper discusses the initiatives associated with the provision of renewable energy to the energy mix in Nigeria as an indication of the country’s commitment to adopt a sustainable development strategy in shaping the economy. The paper identifies social and political obstacles as the most significant roadblocks towards rapid implementation of a green economy through the deployment of renewable energy for sustainable development.

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 76, September 2017, Pages 1122-1133.

This article furthers goal 7 by critically reviewing the 24 most credible studies claiming to show that a 100% renewable electricity system is achievable. The paper concludes that these studies have substantially underestimated the challenge and delayed the identification and implementation of effective and comprehensive decarbonization pathways.

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 75, August 2017, Pages 393–401

This article discusses how the SDGs can be used to motivate investments in Renewable Energy (RE) in Africa. Using the SDGs as a benchmark for inclusive and sustainable growth the synergy effects provided by RE are identified and an analysis of possible leverage points, available instruments and involved actors shows that there remains a large additional potential. The authors argue that expansion of Renewable Energy supports the fulfillment of at least 10 of the 17 SDGs.