Biomass to Liquid Fuel via Fischer–Tropsch and Related Syntheses



This chapter briefly reviews the state of art on the conversion of biomass to biofuels by gasification followed by the gas to liquid conversion of biosyngas via Fischer–Tropsch and related syntheses. An integrated process to produce heat, electricity, or fuel by gasification and Fischer–Tropsch synthesis is analyzed. The present state of gasification reactor technology is outlined. The strategies for syn-gas cleanup are delineated. The catalysis and processes for methanol, Fischer–Tropsch, and isosynthesis are briefly evaluated. Finally, various approaches to an integrated process design depending on the desired end results (heat, electricity, or fuel) and the associated economics for each approach are outlined and briefly discussed.


Methanol Synthesis Transportation Fuel Inorganic Impurity Torrefied Biomass Entrain Flow Gasifier 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EngineeringNorfolk State UniversityNorfolkUSA

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