Biomass Gasification, Pyrolysis and Torrefaction

Practical Design and Theory


  • Prabir Basu, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Biomass is the most widely used non-fossil fuel in the world. Biomass resources show a considerable potential in the long-term given the increasing proliferation of dedicated energy crops for biofuels. The second edition of Biomass Gasification and Pyrolysis is enhanced with new topics, such as torrefaction and cofiring, making it a versatile resource that not only explains the basic principles of energy conversion systems, but also provides valuable insight into the design of biomass conversion systems. This book will allow professionals, such as engineers, scientists, and operating personnel of biomass gasification, pyrolysis or torrefaction plants, to gain a better comprehension of the basics of biomass conversion. The author provides many worked out design problems, step-by-step design procedures and real data on commercially operating systems. With a dedicated focus on the design, analysis, and operational aspects of biomass gasification, pyrolysis, and torrefaction, Biomass Gasification, Pyrolysis and TorrefactionSecond Edition offers comprehensive coverage of biomass in its gas, liquid, and solid states in a single easy-to-access source.
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Biomass professionals and engineers; mechanical engineers, renewable energy engineers, chemical engineers, chemists and material scientists, agricultural and food scientists


Book information

  • Published: July 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-396488-5

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Economic Issues of Biomass Energy Conversion
Chapter 3: Biomass Characteristics
Chapter 4: Torrefaction
Chapter 5: Pyrolysis
Chapter 6: Tar Production and Destruction
Chapter 7: Gasification Theory
Chapter 8: Design of Biomass Gasifiers
Chapter 9: Hydrothermal Gasification of Biomass
Chapter 10: Biomass co-firing and Torrefaction
Chapter 11: Production of Synthetic Fuels and Chemicals from Biomass
Chapter 12: Biomass Handling
Chapter 13: Analytical Techniques
Appendix A: Definition of Biomass
Appendix B: Physical Constants and Unit Conversions
Appendix C: Selected Design Data Tables