This second edition closely follows the organization of the first edition, and remains a comprehensive examination of the large number of possible pathways for converting biomass into fuels and power through thermochemical processes. Completely revised and updated, this new edition highlights the substantial progress and recent developments in thermochemical processing of biomass since publication of the previous edition in 2011, with each chapter incorporating up-to-date information on this rapidly growing field. The second edition incorporates three new chapters on thermal deconstruction of biomass to produce sugars, torrefaction and carbonization of biomass, and Life Cycle Analysis of thermochemical systems. A new introductory chapter provides an more comprehensive overview of thermochemical technologies, and new authors for the chapters on solvent liquefaction and hybrid processing will present fresh perspectives on these rapidly evolving areas, and
The book brings together a widely scattered body of information into a single volume that will allow comparison of the various thermochemical pathways. The thermochemical processes to be considered include combustion, gasification, fast pyrolysis, hydrothermal treating, and catalytic conversion of sugars. The book includes chapters on the upgrading of syngas and bio-oil to liquid transportation fuels and the economics of the various processes for producing fuels and power.