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1st Edition

Introduction to Biomass Energy Conversions

ISBN 9781466513334
Published July 9, 2013 by CRC Press
645 Pages 191 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The potential that biomass energy has to supplement traditional fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions has put it front and center in the plan to replace fossil-based fuels with renewable fuels. While much has been written about biomass conversions, no single textbook contains all the information needed to teach a biomass conversion course—until now. Introduction to Biomass Energy Conversions presents a comprehensive review of biomass resources available for conversion into heat, power, and biofuels.

The textbook covers biomass characterization and discusses facilities, equipment, and standards (e.g. ASTM or NREL) used for analysis. It examines the range of biomass resources available for conversion and presents traditional biomass conversion processes along with extensive biomass characterization data tables, illustrations, and graphical presentations of the various biomass energy conversion processes. The author also describes how to set up a laboratory for biomass energy conversion, and presents economics and sustainability issues. Loaded with real-world examples, the text includes numerous worked examples and problems in each chapter.

No one knows what the price of oil will be next year or in future decades. It is governed by many factors other than supply and demand (politics, wars, etc.), however, whatever the future of energy is, bio-fuels will play an important role. This technical guide prepares students for managing bio-refineries, no matter what type of bio-fuel is produced. It also provides practicing engineers with a resource for starting a small bio-fuel business.

Table of Contents

Biomass as an Energy Resource: Introduction. Sources of Biomass Available for Energy. Physicochemical Conversion Process: Biodiesel Production. Biochemical Conversion Processes: Biogas Production from Animal Manure. Thermochemical Conversion Processes: Torrefaction. Pyrolysis. Gasification. Biomass Combustion and Co-Firing with Coal. Biomass Liquefaction and Conversion into Liquid Fuels. Environmental, Economic and Sustainability Issues: Environment and Air Quality Issues Concerning Biorefineries. Role of Biomass as a Renewable Fuel.

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"I like the approach the authors have taken in providing an overview and then walking through each process individually. I especially like that they have spent a chapter on sustainability measurement. ... Introduction to Biomass Energy Conversions offers a complete picture of the myriad of conversion technologies that are available for Bioenergy and should serve as either a good reference for researchers or textbook for educators. The completeness of biomass conversions processes sets this text apart from others."
––Troy Runge, University of Wisconsin Madison, USA

"This is an excellent book for an introductory level course on bioenergy production. It covers conversion processes of high impact and potential and includes most recent R&D progress in the field. It will also serve as a good entry point for researchers who wish to get into bioenergy conversion field."
––Roger Ruan, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, USA

"Introduction to Biomass Energy Conversions is written for students beginning in the field. The material is well organized and easy to read. Many other books in this area are written as references, easy to find material but frustrating for a student. An instructor will appreciate the end of chapter problems that test a student’s knowledge of the material as well as the list of learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter. Students will appreciate the many worked boxed examples. The material covers systematically the current processes in biomass conversion with a discussion of advantages and disadvantages for each. The greatest strength of the book is the analyses and methods given in good detail, as well as a list of references. The chapter on sustainability is a very important addition."
––Susan Newton, John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas, USA