Introduction to Bioenergy

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CRC Press, Dec 19, 2017 - Nature - 277 pages
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Explore a Major Component of Renewable Energy

Introduction to Bioenergy takes a look at energy from biomass (thermal energy, power, liquid fuels, and biogas) and envisions a sustainable future fueled by renewable energy. From production to conversion to heat, power, and biofuel, this book breaks down the science of bioenergy and explains the major processes for its production, conversion, and use.

Covers Solar Energy, Bioenergy, and Biomass Resources

The book begins with an introduction to solar energy (the source of bioenergy) and then moves on to describe bioenergy, biomass, chemical conversion, and the renewable energy processes involved. The authors cover measurement energy parameters, analysis of data, and the prediction of energy production for different bio products. They also consider the institutional, environmental, and economic concerns surrounding bioenergy.

An all-inclusive resource covering a rapidly-advancing field, this book:

  • Explores the impact of climate change and global warming on the production of biomass
  • Describes the positive and negative effects of biomass production on ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Illustrates the use of biomass for the production of electricity
  • Considers the replacement of fossil fuels with biofuels, biofuel production, and emerging technologies
  • Addresses institutional and environmental issues relevant to bioenergy
  • Discusses factors impacting the economic feasibility of renewable energy systems

Introduction to Bioenergy defines major processes for the production, conversion, and use of bioenergy. A book suitable for coursework or self-study, this essential work serves students and practicing professionals in the renewable energy, environmental science, agriculture engineering, and biology fields.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Energy
17
Sun
41
Climate Change
57
Plants
71
Soil
87
Constraints
101
Heat and Power
119
Biofuels
143
Secondary Uses
165
Institutional Issues
175
Economics
199
Observations
231
Appendix
247
Index
253
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Vaughn Nelson has been involved with renewable energy, primarily wind energy, since the early 1970s. Currently, he is retired from West Texas A&M University (WTAMU). He has earned the following degrees: PhD in physics, University of Kansas, EdM, Harvard University, and BSE, Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia. He is the author of three books and four CDs, and has published over 50 articles and reports. In the series Energy and the Environment, Dr. Nelson is the author of Wind Energy (2009, 2nd ed. 2013) and Introduction to Renewable Energy (2011) as well as the 2nd ed. (2015) from CRC Press.

Kenneth Starcher began his college career and involvement with renewables in the same semester at West Texas State University in 1976. It led to a BS in physics/computer science in 1980. He received an MS in engineering technology at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) in 1995. Ken has been the educational funnel for on-site training and public information for students and public workshops for AEI and has been a field worker for projects at the company since 1980. He has served as a consultant for wind companies in the United States and produced wind resources maps for various areas worldwide.