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Biomass Gasification, Pyrolysis and Torrefaction

Practical Design and Theory

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.


Biomass professionals and engineers; mechanical engineers, renewable energy engineers, chemical engineers, chemists and material scientists, agricultural and food scientists

Hardbound, 548 Pages

Published: July 2013

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-396488-5


  • Preface
    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



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