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Integrated Sustainable Processes for Biomass Conversion to Biomaterials, Biofuels, and Fertilizers

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  • Presents a unique discussion of biomass conversion from a techno-economic perspective

  • Case-studies and examples are included to illustrate and demonstrate the methods presented in the book

  • Contains a framework to guide the process of investments, cost, and revenue of future biorefineries

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Table of contents (33 chapters)

  1. Biorefineries: General Description

  2. Thermochemical Processes

  3. Biodiesel and Water/Ethanol Separation

  4. Foodwaste as Feedstock

  5. Fermentation-based Products


About this book

This book discusses the biorefinery of biomass feedstocks. In-depth chapters highlight the scientific and technical aspects and present a techno-economic analysis of such systems. By using a TEA approach, the authors present feasible pathways for the conversion of biomass (both residual biomass, energy crops, and algae biomass), showing the different possibilities for the production of biochemical materials, biofuels, and fertilizers. The concepts presented in this book will link companies, investors, and governments by providing a framework that will help reduce pollutants and create a biomass-related economy that incorporates the newest developments and technologies in the area.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Chemical Engineering Department, Khalifa University, Masdar Campus, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    Juan-Rodrigo Bastidas-Oyanedel

  • SDU-Department of Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology, and Environmental Technology, University of Southern Denmark, Odense M, United Arab Emirates

    Jens Ejbye Schmidt

About the editors

Dr. Jens Ejbye Schmidt earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Biotechnology in 1993 from the Department of Biotechnology of the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). He is currently a full professor in Chemical Engineering at Masdar Institute, with a focus on the production of sustainable biofuels. In addition, he is head of the Institute Center for Energy (iEnergy).  Before his appointment at the institute, Dr. Schmidt was head of the Bioenergy & Biorefinery Program at Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, DTU. From 2000 to 2007, he was the head of the Wastewater Group and associate professor at the Department of Environment & Resources DTU.  Dr. Schmidt was an associate professor in the Anaerobic Microbiology/Biotechnology Research Group, Department of Biotechnology/Department of Applied Chemistry, DTU from 1998 to 2000 and was acting head of the group during part of the period also.  He has published more than 200 technical articles and book chapters. 

Dr. Juan-Rodrigo Bastidas-Oyanedel (Juan) was awarded his Ph.D. in Engineering Processes at the Laboratory of Environmental Biotechnology (LBE-INRA France) in February 2011. His research subject was the Thermodynamic modeling of Anaerobic Digestion. Juan holds undergraduate and Master's degrees in Biochemical Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Chile). Juan contributes with his expertise in bioreactor design, set-up, operation, and optimization; analytical methods for metabolic fermentation products monitoring MIMS, HPLC, GC, MS); and modeling of biological systems (Mixed and Pure microbial cultures) and electron transfer phenomena.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Biorefinery

  • Book Subtitle: Integrated Sustainable Processes for Biomass Conversion to Biomaterials, Biofuels, and Fertilizers

  • Editors: Juan-Rodrigo Bastidas-Oyanedel, Jens Ejbye Schmidt

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Energy, Energy (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-10960-8Published: 30 April 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-10961-5Published: 15 April 2019

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 763

  • Number of Illustrations: 79 b/w illustrations, 114 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Renewable and Green Energy, Natural Resource and Energy Economics, Environmental Engineering/Biotechnology, Biotechnology

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