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Fundamentals of Biofuels Engineering and Technology


Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xl
  2. Notions of Biomass Formation and Development with Some Analytical Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Cataldo De Blasio
      Pages 3-12
    3. Cataldo De Blasio
      Pages 13-30
    4. Cataldo De Blasio
      Pages 31-45
    5. Cataldo De Blasio
      Pages 57-69
    6. Cataldo De Blasio
      Pages 71-89
    7. Cataldo De Blasio
      Pages 91-102
    8. Cataldo De Blasio
      Pages 103-125
  3. Notions of Biochemical Reactors Design and Biofuels Production

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Cataldo De Blasio
      Pages 147-153
    3. Cataldo De Blasio
      Pages 155-171
    4. Cataldo De Blasio
      Pages 173-187
    5. Cataldo De Blasio
      Pages 189-207
    6. Cataldo De Blasio
      Pages 209-220
    7. Cataldo De Blasio
      Pages 221-231
    8. Cataldo De Blasio
      Pages 233-252

About this book


This book explores the use of biomass as an energy source and its application in energy conversion technologies.

Focusing on the challenges of, and technologies related to, biomass conversion, the book is divided into three parts. The first part underlines the fundamental concepts that form the basis of biomass production, its feasibility valuation, and its potential utilization. This part does not consider only how biomass is generated, but also methods of assessment.

The second part focuses on the clarification of central concepts of the biorefinery processes. After a preliminary introduction with industrial examples, common issues of biochemical reaction engineering applications are analysed in detail. The theory explained in this part demonstrates that the chemical kinetics are the core focus in modelling biological processes such as growth, decay, product formation and feedstock consumption. This part continues with the theory of biofuels production, including biogas, bioethanol, biodiesel and Fischer-Tropsch synthesis of hydrocarbons.

The third part of this book gives detailed explanations of preliminary notions related to the theory of thermodynamics. This theory will assist the reader when taking into account the concepts treated in the previous two parts of the book. Several detailed derivations are given to give the reader a full understanding of the arguments at hand. This part also gives literature data on the main properties of some biomass feedstock.

Fundamentals of Biofuels Engineering and Technology will be of interest not only to academics and researchers working in this field but also to graduate students and energy professionals seeking to expand their knowledge of this increasingly important area.


Biomass Generation Biomass Production Biomass Assessment for Power Production Biochemical Reactions Engineering Gas to Liquid Technologies Ethanol Production Biodiesel Biomass energy conversion

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Energy Technology, Faculty of Science and EngineeringÅbo Akademi UniversityVaasaFinland

About the authors

Cataldo De Blasio is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Åbo Akademi University in Finland. Cataldo has long experience in teaching at university and in scientific research. He has published several scientific papers and in different fields of science including mathematical modeling, heat and mass transfer, fluid mechanics, chemical reaction engineering, computer science, operations research management, chemistry, energy fuels, education and metallurgy.

Cataldo has given lectures and courses in the fields of biomass conversion, waste management, and thermodynamics. His research activities have recently been focused on the areas of biomass supercritical water gasification, hydrothermal liquefaction, biofuels production, energy technologies and related process integration, pollution reduction and control.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Fundamentals of Biofuels Engineering and Technology
  • Authors Cataldo De Blasio
  • Series Title Green Energy and Technology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Green Energy,Technology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Energy Energy (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-11598-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-11599-9
  • Series ISSN 1865-3529
  • Series E-ISSN 1865-3537
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XL, 410
  • Number of Illustrations 50 b/w illustrations, 149 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Renewable and Green Energy
    Bioorganic Chemistry
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