Biomass Gasification, Pyrolysis and Torrefaction - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780128129920

Biomass Gasification, Pyrolysis and Torrefaction

3rd Edition

Authors: Prabir Basu
Paperback ISBN: 9780128129920
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st March 2018
Page Count: 614
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Biomass Gasification, Pyrolysis and Torrefaction, Third Edition is enhanced with a new topic on processing and cleaning of product gas of gasification and brief introduction to biomaterials making it a versatile resource that not only explains the basic principles of energy conversion systems, but also provides valuable insight into the design of a complete biomass conversion systems. With a dedicated focus on the design, analysis, and operational aspects of biomass gasification, pyrolysis, and torrefaction, this edition of the book offers comprehensive coverage of biomass in its gas, liquid, or solid states in a single easy-to-access source. The author provides many worked out design problems, step-by-step design procedures and real data on commercially operating systems. Although the book carries the name ‘biomass’, the bulk of its content is also applicable to non-biomass fuels like, coal, petcoke, municipal solid waste and others. This book will allow professionals, such as engineers, scientists, and operating personnel of biomass gasification, pyrolysis or torrefaction plants, to gain a better comprehension of the basics of biomass conversion.

Key Features

  • This new edition is updated with the most recent research and technology, and expanded to include a new chapter on syngas purification
  • Contains step-by-step process flow diagrams, design data and conversion charts, and numerical examples with solutions
  • Provides available research results in an easy-to-use design methodology
  • Examines the economic aspects of biomass conversion


Bioenergy professionals and engineers; mechanical engineers, renewable energy engineers, chemical engineers, chemists and material scientists, agricultural and food scientists, operating personnel of biomass gasification, pyrolysis or torrefaction plants

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Economic issues of biomass utilization
3. Biomass Characteristics
4. Torrefaction
5. Pyrolysis
6. Tar Production and Destruction
7. Gasification Theory
8. Design of Biomass Gasifiers
9. Hydrothermal Conversion of Biomass
10. Syngas cleaning
11. Biomass co-firing
12. Production of Synthetic Fuels and Chemicals from Biomass
13. Biomass Handling
14. Analytical techniques for biomass analysis

Appendix A. Definition of Biomass
Appendix B. Physical Constants and unit conversion
Appendix C. Selected Design Data Tables


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About the Author

Prabir Basu

Dr. Prabir Basu, founding President of Greenfield Research Incorporated, a private research and development company in Canada that specializes in gasification and torrefaction, is an active researcher and designer of biomass energy conversion systems. Dr. Basu holds a position of Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department and is Head of Circulating Fluidized Bed Laboratory at Dalhousie University, Halifax His current research interests include frontier areas, chemical looping gasification, torrefaction, biomass cofiring amongst others.

Professor Basu also founded of the prestigious triennial International Conference series on Circulating Fluidized Beds, and a private R&D company, Fluidized Bed Systems Limited that specializes on design, training and investigative services on fluidized bed boilers.

Professor Basu has been working in the field of energy conversion and the environment for more than 30 years. Prior to joining the engineering faculty at Dalhousie University (formerly known as the Technical University of Nova Scotia), he worked with both a government research laboratory and a boiler manufacturing company.

Dr. Basu’s passion for the transformation of research results into industrial practice is well known, as is his ongoing commitment to spreading advanced knowledge around the world. He has authored more than 200 research papers and seven monographs in emerging areas of energy and environment, some of which have been translated into Chinese and Korean. He is well known internationally for providing expert advices on circulating fluidized bed boilers and conducting training courses to industries and universities across the globe.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada