Biomass for Renewable Energy, Fuels, and Chemicals

Biomass for Renewable Energy, Fuels, and Chemicals

1st Edition - June 25, 1998

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  • Author: Donald Klass
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080528052
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780124109506

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Biomass for Renewable Energy, Fuels, and Chemicals serves as a comprehensive introduction to the subject for the student and educator, and is useful for researchers who are interested in the technical details of biomass energy production. The coverage and discussion are multidisciplinary, reflecting the many scientific and engineering disciplines involved. The book will appeal to a broad range of energy professionals and specialists, farmers and foresters who are searching for methods of selecting, growing, and converting energy crops, entrepreneurs who are commercializing biomass energy projects, and those involved in designing solid and liquid waste disposal-energy recovery systems.

Key Features

  • Presents a graduated treatment from basic principles to the details of specific technologies
  • Includes a critical analysis of many biomass energy research and commercialization activities
  • Proposes several new technical approaches to improve efficiencies, net energy production, and economics
  • Reviews failed projects, as well as successes, and methods for overcoming barriers to commercialization
  • Written by a leader in the field with 40 years of educational, research, and commercialization experience


Upper-division undergraduate and graduate students in chemical engineering and environmental science, energy professionals such as utility engineers and forestry personnel, business persons, government staffers, and policy-makers

Table of Contents

  • Preface. Energy Consumption, Reserves, Depletion, Environmental Issues. Biomass as an Energy Resource: Concept and Markets. Photosynthesis of Biomass and Its Conversion-Related Properties. Virgin Biomass Production. Waste Biomass Abundance, Energy Potential, and Availability. Physical Conversion Processes. Thermal Coversion: Combustion. Thermal Conversion: Pyrolysis and Liquefaction. Thermal Converstion: Gasification. Natural Biochemical Liquefaction. Synthetic Oxygenated Liquid Fuels. Microbial Conversion: Gasification. Organic Commodity Chemicals from Biomass. Integrated Biomass Production–Conversion Systems and Net Energy Production. Epilogue. Appendices. Subject Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 606
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1998
  • Published: June 25, 1998
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080528052
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780124109506

About the Author

Donald Klass

Dr. Donald L. Klass is the author or co-author of over 300 papers and patents and the editor of 27 books in the field of energy and the environment. He received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Illinois, and his A.M. and Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Harvard University. Dr. Klass has managed research and educational programs for the Institute of Gas Technology and the petroleum industry. Currently, he is the Research Director for Entech International, Inc., President of the Biomass Energy Research Association, a member of several research advisory boards and business development committees, and a consultant to industry and government, both U.S. and foreign.

Affiliations and Expertise

Entech International, Inc., Barrington, Illinois, U.S.A.

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