Biomass to Biofuels and Waste to Energy

2nd Edition - April 8, 2020

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  • Editor: Anju Dahiya
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128154984
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128154977

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Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels and Waste to Energy, Second Edition presents a complete overview of the bioenergy value chain, from feedstock to end products. It examines current and emerging feedstocks and advanced processes and technologies enabling the development of all possible alternative energy sources. Divided into seven parts, bioenergy gives thorough consideration to topics such as feedstocks, biomass production and utilization, life-cycle analysis, energy return on invested, integrated sustainability assessments, conversions technologies, biofuels economics, business, 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.Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels and Waste to Energy, Second Edition provides engineers, researchers, undergraduate and graduate students, and business professionals in the bioenergy field with valuable, practical information that can be applied to implementing renewable energy projects, choosing among competing feedstocks, technologies, and products. It also serves as a basic resource for civic leaders, economic development professionals, farmers, investors, fleet managers, and reporters interested in an organized introduction to the language, feedstocks, technologies, and products in the biobased renewable energy world.

Key Features

  • Includes current and renewed subject matter, project case studies from real world, and topic-specific sections on the impacts of biomass use for energy production from all sorts of biomass feedstocks including organic waste of all kinds
  • Provides a comprehensive overview and in-depth technical information of all possible bioenergy resources: solid (wood energy, grass energy, waste, and other biomass), liquid (biodiesel, algae biofuel, ethanol, waste to oils, etc.), and gaseous/electric (biogas, syngas, biopower, RNG), and cutting-edge topics such as advanced fuels
  • Integrates current state of art coverage on feedstocks, cost-effective conversion processes, biofuels economic analysis, environmental policy, and triple bottom line
  • Features quizzes for each section derived from the implementation of actual hands-on biofuel projects as part of service learning


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

Table of Contents

  • Part I Bioenergy - Biomass to Biofuels: an overview
    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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 890
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: April 8, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128154984
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128154977

About the Editor

Anju Dahiya

Dr. Anju Dahiya is lead professor of Biofuels and Waste to Energy at the University of Vermont, where her “Biomass to Biofuels” program, developed with support from the US Department of Energy led to several other courses including “Waste to Energy,” “Nutrient Recovery Solutions,” and “Food Waste to value” and brings together experts from the industries, farms, academia, and public and private organizations to provide hands-on experiential learning for working with all possible renewable bioenergy options: liquid biofuels (biodiesel including oil seeds; algae oil, ethanol, pyrolysis oil), solid biomass (lignocellulosic woody biomass and grass energy, municipal soil waste to fuels), and gaseous fuels (heat, biogas to power, RNG). She is also President and Senior Research Scientist at GSR Solutions LLC, dedicated to advanced biofuel and related by-products development. She has been leading several projects supported through Department of Energy, VT Sustainable Jobs Fund; Environmental Protection Agency; EPSCoR; NASA, National Science Foundation. Her biofuels-related work has been featured in television, radio, and print, and she is a frequently invited speaker at conferences, state programs, and workshops.

Affiliations and Expertise

Lead Biofuels Instructor, University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

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