The utilisation of biomass is increasingly important for low- or zero-carbon power generation. Developments in conventional power plant fuel flexibility allow for both direct biomass combustion and co-firing with fossil fuels, while the integration of advanced technologies facilitates conversion of a wide range of biomass feedstocks into more readily combustible fuel. Biomass combustion science, technology and engineering reviews the science and technology of biomass combustion, conversion and utilisation.

Part one provides an introduction to biomass supply chains and feedstocks, and outlines the principles of biomass combustion for power generation. Chapters also describe the categorisation and preparation of biomass feedstocks for combustion and gasification. Part two goes on to explore biomass combustion and co-firing, including direct combustion of biomass, biomass co-firing and gasification, fast pyrolysis of biomass for the production of liquids and intermediate pyrolysis technologies. Largescale biomass combustion and biorefineries are then the focus of part three. Following an overview of large-scale biomass combustion plants, key engineering issues and plant operation are discussed, before the book concludes with a chapter looking at the role of biorefineries in increasing the value of the end-products of biomass conversion.

With its distinguished editor and international team of expert contributors, Biomass combustion science, technology and engineering provides a clear overview of this important area for all power plant operators, industrial engineers, biomass researchers, process chemists and academics working in this field.

Key Features

  • Reviews the science and technology of biomass combustion, conversion and utilisation
  • Provides an introduction to biomass supply chains and feedstocks and outlines the principles of biomass combustion for power generation
  • Describes the categorisation and preparation of biomass feedstocks for combustion and gasification


Consultants in the field of renewable energy projects; Investors in renewable energy projects; Academics in the fields of energy economics, renewable energy projects; Graduate or doctorate students in engineering, specifically mechanical, chemical and electrical, and renewable energy; Biomass researchers and process chemists/engineers; Power plant/industrial engineers; Power plant operators

Table of Contents

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Part I: Introduction, supply chains and feedstock

Chapter 1: Biomass combustion for power generation: an introduction


1.1 Introduction

1.2 Biomass combustion techniques

1.3 Biomass as fuel

1.4 Market development for biomass combustion and conversion technologies

Chapter 2: Biomass supply chains


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Types of biomass and waste streams

2.3 Biomass supply chain structure and characteristics

2.4 Development of advanced biomass supply and process chains

2.5 Integration of biomass combustion into waste management

2.6 Advantages and limitations of using biomass for energy conversion

2.7 Future trends

2.8 Sources of further information and advice

Chapter 3: Biomass feedstocks: categorisation and preparation for combustion and gasification


3.1 Introduction

3.2 Types of feedstock

3.3 Characterisation, analysis and categorisation techniques

3.4 Fuel preparation and upgrading for combustion or conversion

3.5 Advantages and limitations of particular fuels

3.6 Future trends

Part II: Biomass combustion and co-firing

Chapter 4: Direct combustion of biomass


4.1 Introduction

4.2 Basis of biomass combustion

4.3 Fouling prevention and control

4.4 Corrosion and additives

4.5 Technology-specific issues

4.6 Conclusion

Chapter 5: Biomass co-firing


5.1 Introduction

5.2 Direct co-firing technologies

Chapter 6: Biomass gasification


6.1 Introduction

6.2 Basic principles and feedstocks

6.3 Basic reactor types

6.4 Monitoring and control, and performance optimization

6.5 Advan


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About the editor

Lasse Rosendahl

Lasse Rosendahl is a Professor in the Department of Energy Technology at Aalborg University, Denmark. Professor Rosendahl has over 15 years’ experience in renewable energy and has published extensively in this field.