Explore a Major Component of Renewable Energy
Introduction to Bioenergytakes a look at energy from biomass (thermal energy, power, liquid fuels, and biogas) and envisions a sustainable future fueled by renewable energy. From production to conversion to heat, power, and biofuel, this book breaks down the science of bioenergy and explains the major processes for its production, conversion, and use.
Covers Solar Energy, Bioenergy, and Biomass Resources
The book begins with an introduction to solar energy (the source of bioenergy) and then moves on to describe bioenergy, biomass, chemical conversion, and the renewable energy processes involved. The authors cover measurement energy parameters, analysis of data, and the prediction of energy production for different bio products. They also consider the institutional, environmental, and economic concerns surrounding bioenergy.
An all-inclusive resource covering a rapidly-advancing field, this book:
Introduction to Bioenergydefines major processes for the production, conversion, and use of bioenergy. A book suitable for coursework or self-study, this essential work serves students and practicing professionals in the renewable energy, environmental science, agriculture engineering, and biology fields.
"This book provides an excellent overview of the basic science that describes the source (solar energy) and how this energy is collected and converted to what we call bioenergy. …The latter chapters describe how bioenergy can be utilized by society and meet the growing need for additional energy as the supply of fossil fuels declines in the future."
—R. Nolan Clark, Retired, Director, ARS, USDA, Bushland, Texas, USA
Food and Fiber Production
Definitions of Energy and Power
Energy Dilemma in Light of the Laws of Thermodynamics
Use of Fossil Fuels
Energy Balance of the Earth
Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Information and Comments
Effect on the Biosphere
Valuable Parts of the Plants
Where Can They Grow
Formation and Composition
Soil Use, Preparation
Heat and Power
Heat and Electricity
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Externalities (social costs/benefits)
Factors Affecting Economics
Present Worth and Levelized Costs
Cost (Value) of Energy, Different Sources
Solid State Electronics
Geographic Information Systems
On the Down Side