Engineering and Science of Biomass Feedstock Production and Provision

  • Yogendra Shastri
  • Alan Hansen
  • Luis Rodríguez
  • K.C. Ting

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Pak Sui Lam, Shahab Sokhansanj
    Pages 17-35
  3. D. K. Lee, Allen S. Parrish, Thomas B. Voigt
    Pages 37-59
  4. Liujun Li, Lei Tian, Tofael Ahamed
    Pages 61-83
  5. Sunil K. Mathanker, Alan C. Hansen
    Pages 85-139
  6. Tony E. Grift, Zewei Miao, Alan C. Hansen, K. C. Ting
    Pages 141-164
  7. Hala Chaoui, Steven R. Eckhoff
    Pages 165-193
  8. Yogendra Shastri, Alan C. Hansen, Luis F. Rodríguez, K. C. Ting
    Pages 195-232
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 261-263

About this book


The biomass based energy sector, especially the one based on lignocellulosic sources such as switchgrass Miscanthus, forest residues and short rotation coppice, will play an important role in our drive towards renewable energy. The biomass feedstock production (BFP) subsystem provides the necessary material inputs to the conversion processes for energy production. This subsystem includes the agronomic production of energy crops and the physical handling and delivery of biomass, as well as other enabling logistics. Achieving a sustainable BFP system is therefore paramount for the success of the emerging bioenergy sector. However, low bulk and energy densities, seasonal and weather sensitive availability, distributed supply and lack of commercial scale production experience create unique challenges. Moreover, novel region specific feedstock alternatives continue to emerge. Engineering will play a critical role in addressing these challenges and ensuring the techno-economic feasibility of this sector. It must also integrate with the biological, physical and chemical sciences and incorporate externalities, such as social/economic considerations, environmental impact and policy/regulatory issues, to achieve a truly sustainable system. Tremendous progress has been made in the past few years while new challenges have simultaneously emerged that need further investigation. It is therefore prudent at this time to review the current status and capture the future challenges through a comprehensive book. This work will serve as an authoritative treatise on the topic that can help researchers, educators and students interested in the field of biomass feedstock production, with particular interest in the engineering aspects.​ ​


BioEnergy Biomass Feedstock Energy Crops Miscanthus Switchgrass lignocellulosic biofuel

Editors and affiliations

  • Yogendra Shastri
    • 1
  • Alan Hansen
    • 2
  • Luis Rodríguez
    • 3
  • K.C. Ting
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Chemical EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology BombayPowai, MumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Dept. of Ag and Bio Engineering Agricultural Engineering Sciences BldgUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA
  3. 3.Dept of Ag and Biological EngineeringUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA
  4. 4.Dept of Ag and Biological EngineeringUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA

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