Bioenergy Systems for the Future - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081010310, 9780081010266

Bioenergy Systems for the Future

1st Edition

Prospects for Biofuels and Biohydrogen

Editors: Francesco Dalena Angelo Basile Claudio Rossi
eBook ISBN: 9780081010266
Paperback ISBN: 9780081010310
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 20th June 2017
Page Count: 628
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Table of Contents



Biomass to bioenergy

1. Biomass pretreatment and transformation from agricultural wastes

2. Efficient transformation of non-food agricultural lignocelluloses

3. Production of bio-alcohol and bio-methane

4. Light olefins/biogasoline production from biomass  

5. Bioenergy from stillage anaerobic digestion to enhance the energy balance ratio of ethanol production


Hydrogen production

6. Thermodynamic analysis of ethanol reforming for hydrogen production  

7. Catalysts for conversion of synthesis gas  

8. Distributed H2 production from bio-alcohols and bio-methane in conventional steam reforming units  

9. H2 production from bio-alchools and bio-methane steam reforming in conventional and membrane reactors   

10. Formation of hydrogen rich gas via conversion of lignocellulosic biomass and its decomposition products   

11. Advantages and diadvantages of recent biomass conversion technologies compared to conventional approaches for hydrogen production

Bioenergy technology aspects/status

12. Nanocomposites for ‘‘Nano Green Energy’’ Applications

13. Integration of membrane technologies into conventional existing systems in the food industry

14. Integration of microalgae into an existing biofuel industry

15. Low-temperature fuel cell operated with bio-alcohol fuels

16. Syngas cleaning system for power generation

17. Bioenergy production from second and third generation feedstocks


Bioenergy Systems for the Future: Prospects for Biofuels and Biohydrogen examines the current advances in biomass conversion technologies for biofuels and biohydrogen production, including their advantages and challenges for real-world application and industrial-scale implementation.

In its first part, the book explores the use of lignocellulosic biomass and agricultural wastes as feedstock, also addressing biomass conversion into biofuels, such as bioethanol, biodiesel, bio-methane, and bio-gasoline. The chapters in Part II cover several different pathways for hydrogen production, from biomass, including bioethanol and bio-methane reforming and syngas conversion. They also include a comparison between the most recent conversion technologies and conventional approaches for hydrogen production.

Part III presents the status of advanced bioenergy technologies, such as applications of nanotechnology and the use of bio-alcohol in low-temperature fuel cells. The role of advanced bioenergy in a future bioeconomy and the integration of these technologies into existing systems are also discussed, providing a comprehensive, application-oriented overview that is ideal for engineering professionals, researchers, and graduate students involved in bioenergy.

Key Features

  • Explores the most recent technologies for advanced liquid and gaseous biofuels production, along with their advantages and challenges
  • Presents real-life application of conversion technologies and their integration in existing systems
  • Includes the most promising pathways for sustainable hydrogen production for energy applications


Engineering professionals, researchers and graduate students involved in bioenergy, especially for industry application and R&D


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About the Editors

Francesco Dalena Editor

Francesco Dalena, degree in Chemistry with Ph.D. on “Translational medicine” at the Chemistry Department of the University of Calabria (Italy), is expert in "Chemistry of advanced materials". His research field ranges from the bioenergy sector to inorganic membrane reactors, to chemical kinetics and to the chemistry of artistic masterpiece. He is editor of various books, such as: "Hydrogen Production, Separation and Purification for Energy", 2016, IET Pub.; "Alcohol and bioalcohol: characteristic, proprieties and use", 2014, Nova Pub., “Methanol: Science and Engineering”, Elsevier Pub.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chemistry Department, University of Calabria, Italy

Angelo Basile Editor

Basile, a Chemical Engineer, is a senior Researcher at the ITM-CNR where is responsible of the researches related to both the ultra-pure hydrogen production CO2 capture using Pd-based Membrane Reactors. Angelo Basile’s h-index is 36, with 187 document results (April 1st, 2016, He has 130 scientific papers in peer to peer journals and 230 papers in international congresses; editor/author of 27 scientific books and 80 chapters on international books on membrane science and technology; 6 Italian patents, 2 European patents and 5 worldwide patents. He is referee of 92 international scientific journals and Member of the Editorial Board of 18 of them. Basile is also Editor associate of the Int. J. Hydrogen Energy and Editor-in.-chief of the Int. J. Membrane Science & Technol. and Editor-in-chief of Membrane Processes (Applications), a section of the international journal Membranes: Basile also prepared 25 special issues on membrane science and technology for many international journals (IJHE, Chem Eng. J., Cat. Today, etc.). He participated to and was/is responsible of many national and international projects on membrane reactors and membrane science. Basile served as Director of the ITM-CNR during the period Dec. 2008 – May 2009. In the last years, he was tutor of 30 Thesis for master and Ph.D. students at the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Calabria (Italy). Form 2014, Basile is Full Professor of Chemical Engineering Processes.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Researcher, Institute on Membrane Technology (ITM) Italian National Research Council (CNR), Italy

Claudio Rossi Editor

Claudio Rossi is full professor of Physical Chemistry at the Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Pharmacy of the University of Siena, coordinator of the NMR spectroscopy activity and responsible for the University of Siena of the research in the Agrifood sector. He has authored more than 200 scientific publications in qualified international journals and co-authored 2 Italian patents. Referee of numerous scientific journals in the field of Pure and Applied Chemistry. Claudio Rossi was the coordinator of six European projects funded by EU. He was the Director of the Department of Chemical and Biosystem Sciences of the University of Siena in the period 2002-2008. He was tutor of numerous students during the preparation of their PhD thesis and Master.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Siena, Italy