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Biomass to Biofuels

Depleting fossil fuel reserves and adverse effects of fluctuating oil prices have renewed interest in alternative and sustainable sources of energy. Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels takes on this topic and examines current and emerging feedstocks and advanced processes and technologies enabling the development of all possible alternative energy sources: solid (wood energy, grass energy, and other biomass), liquid (biodiesel, algae biofuel, ethanol), and gaseous/electric (biogas, syngas, bioelectricity). Divided into seven parts, Bioenergy gives thorough consideration to topics such as feedstocks, biomass production and utilization, life cycle analysis, Energy Return on Invested (EROI), integrated sustainability assessments, conversions technologies, biofuels economics and policy. In addition, contributions from leading industry professionals and academics, augmented by related service-learning case studies and quizzes, provide readers with a comprehensive resource that connect theory to real-world implementation.


Early career biomass professionals, including energy, chemical and agricultural engineers; food scientists; undergraduates and graduates students in Engineering and Agriculture

Paperback, 670 Pages

Published: November 2014

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-407909-0


  • Part I   Bioenergy - Biomass to Biofuels: an overview
    1. Introduction to Bioenergy
    2. Introduction to Biodiesel and Glossary of Terms
    3. Bioenergy - Biomass to Biofuels Terms & Definitions

    Part II   Wood and Grass Biomass as Biofuels
    4. Wood BioEnergy
    5. Perennial Grass Biomass Production and Utilization
    6. Wood and Grass Energy Service Learning Projects and Case Studies

    Part III   Biomass to Liquid Biofuels
    7. Bioenergy Crops
    8. On-Farm Oil-Based Biodiesel Production
    9. Life Cycle Assessment: The Energy Return on Invested of Biodiesel
    10. Energy management during field production practices
    11. Straight Vegetable Oil as a Diesel Fuel?
    12. Cellulosic Ethanol-Biofuel Beyond Corn
    13. Bioheat
    14. Advanced biofuel from algae biomass
    15. Liquid Biofuels Service Learning Projects and Case Studies

    Part IV   Gaseous fuels and Bioelectricity
    16. Thermal Gasification of Biomass - a Primer
    17. Basics of Energy Production through Anaerobic Digestion of Livestock Manure
    18. Bioenergy and Anaerobic Digestion
    19. Gaseous fuels Service Learning Projects and Case Studies

    Part V   Conversion pathways for cost-effective biofuel production
    20. Biodiesel Production
    21. Transesterification
    22. Whole Algal Biomass in situ Transesterification to Fatty Acid Methyl Esters as Biofuel Feedstocks
    23. How Fuel Ethanol Is Made from Corn
    24. Approaches for evaluating biomass bioconversion for fuels and chemicals
    25. Reducing Enzyme Costs, Novel Combinations and Advantages of enzymes could lead to improved cost effective Biofuels Production
    26. Pyrolysis of Lignocellulosic Biomass: Oil, Char, and Gas
    27. Sustainable Aviation Biofuels - A Development and Deployment Success Model
    28. Cutting Edge Biofuel Conversion Technologies to Integrate into Petroleum-based Infrastructure and Integrated Bio-Refineries
    29. Fuel conversion Service Learning Projects and Case Studies:

    Part VI Biofuels Economics, Sustainability, Environmental and Policy
    30. Biofuel Economics and Policy: The Renewable Fuel Standard the Blend Wall, and Future Uncertainties
    31. Economics of Ethanol and Biodiesel
    32. Fuel Quality Policy
    33. Renewable Oil-heat
    34. Biodiesel Emissions
    35. Health Effects Testing
    36. Biodiesel Sustainability Fact Sheet
    37. Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Bioenergy
    38. Integrated agro-ecological technology networks for food, bioenergy and bio-material production

    Part VII Quizzes


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