Biomass for Renewable Energy, Fuels, and Chemicals - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124109506, 9780080528052

Biomass for Renewable Energy, Fuels, and Chemicals

1st Edition

Authors: Donald Klass
eBook ISBN: 9780080528052
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124109506
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 25th June 1998
Page Count: 651
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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.


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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.


"It is extremely thorough, detailed, and well documented. Topics are explained in great detail. The book stands as one of the best published on the subject in recent times. It can be used by the professional or student alike, since the in-depth treatment of principles and practices allow information retrieval at different levels of complexity. It is a good techincal reference and will serve as an important textbook for many years." --JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY, March-April 2000

"This book provides an excellent and worthwhile text for anyone with an interest in practical ways to secure our future energy supplies." --BIOLOGICAL AGRICULTURE AND HORTICULTURE

"This book will be useful to a wide range of teachers and lecturers. Those working in schools and colleges will find it a treasure store of useful information to enliven their teaching, especially as there are very useful figures and tables. Those working at a higher level will appreciate the rigorous nature of the work along with the extensive list of references." --CHEMISTRY IN BRITAIN, May 1999

"Klass offers a very thotough analysis of the need for biomass fuels, their production and use. It is a superb resource with an impressive review of the potential of many crops and resources to serve energy needs....a resource to be widely used and appreciated. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; two-year technical program students." --CHOICE, 1999

"A good introductory volume for those requiring information on commercialising biomass energy products and on solid and liquid waste disposal energy recovery systems." --WASTE PLANNING, A MINERAL PLANNING PUBLICATION, March 1999

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