Biorefinery and the Emerging Biomass Economy

By William Maher Nelson

© 2017 – CRC Press

550 pages | 150 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781466582743
pub: 2017-03-26

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About the Book

Biomass is renewable organic materials, such as wood, agricultural crops or wastes, and municipal wastes, especially when used as a source of fuel or energy. This book overviews topics including economics, LCA, sustainable agriculture, chemistry, engineering, and policy. It discusses both energy from biomass and using biomass feedstocks to replace petroleum in the production of chemicals. The value of this volume is in its practical descriptions of the science, technology, and limitations of the modern, practical biorefinery.

Table of Contents

Biomass vs Biopetroleum Economy

The Market economy of Petroleum

Biomass market economy

Sustainable agriculture

Variety of Biomass

Lifecycle analysis

Chemistry of Biomass

Raw materials from biomass

Energy content in biomass

Processing of biomass

Existing and emerging markets

Engineering Biomass: Biorefineries

A Cross-section of the Biorefinery

Survival requirements: space, raw materials, and transport


Policy, Politics, and Sustainability

Environment Impact

Global acceptance


The inevitable emergence of the Biomass economy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Alternative & Renewable