10 März 2009

Book presentation: The Handbook of Biomass Combustion and Co-firing

Solid grounding on biomass combustion, advice on improving combustion systems

This handbook presents both the theory and application of biomass combustion and co-firing, from basic principles to industrial combustion and environmental impact, in a clear and comprehensive manner. It offers a solid grounding on biomass combustion, and advice on improving combustion systems.

9781844072491.jpgWritten by international academics and industrial experts and prepared under the auspices of the IEA Bioenergy Implementing Agreement, the handbook is an essential resource for anyone interested in biomass combustion and co-firing technologies varying from domestic woodstoves to utility-scale power generation. The book covers subjects including biomass fuel pre-treatment and logistics, modelling the combustion process and ash-related issues, as well as featuring an overview of the current R&D needs regarding biomass combustion.

About the editors
Sjaak van Loo has been leader of IEA Bioenergy Task 32 since 1998. He is currently leading his privately owned company Procede Group BV. Jaap Koppejan has also been involved in IEA Bioenergy Task 32 since 1998. Together with Sjaak he recently started Procede Biomass, an R&D company focused on bioenergy technology development and applications.

the following authors have contributed to this handbook:

  • Göran Berndes, Chalmers University, Sweden
  • Larry Baxter, Brigham Young University, USA
  • Peter Coombes, Delta Electricity, Australia
  • Jerome Delcarte, Département de Génie Rural, Belgium
  • Anders Evald, Force Technology, Denmark
  • Hans Hartmann, Technologie- und Forderzentrum, Germany
  • Maarten Jansen, TNO, the Netherlands
  • Jaap Koppejan, Procede Biomass BV, Netherlands (Task Secretary)
  • William Livingston, Doosan Babcock Energy Limited, United Kingdom
  • Sjaak van Loo, Procede Group BV, Netherlands (Task Leader)
  • Sebnem Madrali, Department of Natural Resources, Canada
  • Behdad Moghtaderi, University of Newcastle, Australia
  • Erich Nägele, European Commission
  • Thomas Nussbaumer, Verenum, Switzerland
  • Ingwald Obernberger, TU Graz, Austria
  • Heikki Oravainen, VTT, Finland
  • Fernando Preto, Department of Natural Resources, Canada
  • Øyvind Skreiberg, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Claes Tullin, SP Swedish National Testing and Research, Sweden
  • Gerold Thek, BIOS Bio-energy, Austria


  • Introduction (PDF Document)
  • Biomass Fuel Properties and Basic Principles of Biomass Combustion
  • Biomass Fuel Supply and Pre-treatment
  • Domestic Wood-Burning Appliances
  • Combustion Technologies for Industrial and District Heating Systems
  • Power Generation and Co-generation
  • Co-combustion
  • Biomass Ash Characteristics and Behaviour in Combustion Systems
  • Environmental Aspects of Biomass Combustion
  • Policies
  • Research and Development: Needs and Ongoing Activities

Bibliographic details
Sjaak van Loo and Jaap Koppejan (eds.), 2007: The Handbook of Biomass Combustion and Co-firing. Earthscan Ltd., 464 pages, 94,99 €, ISBN 9781844072491

Source: Earthscan Ltd., 2007-12.

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