Designed primarily for students taking a senior or first-year graduate bioenergy course, this textbook has a full range of learning features and instructor resources. It examines complete characterization for biomass for both the biochemical and thermochemical conversion processes and discusses individual conversion processes such as biodiesel, bioethanol, and biogas production. The book also covers liquid fuel production from biomass, as well as economics, environmental, and sustainability issues. It includes problems, case studies, and real-world examples using actual data from biomass research.
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.
"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