1 März 2010

nova-Buchbesprechung: Gasification

The current state-of-the-art in gasification technologies for engineers

The 2nd edition of the book “Gasification” from Christopher Higman from Lurgi Gas Chemie, a leading European petrochemical plant contractor, and Maarten van der Burgt, lecturer at the Princeton University, is aimed to give a detailed overview on the gasification processes. It shows backgrounds to the thermodynamics of gasification processes of all used feedstocks as well as technical details and feedstock characterisitics and leads to detailed technical descriptions of the gasification processes.

712051.gifThe focus of this book lies in the technical description of all used gasification technologies for coals and coke, liquid and gaseous feedstocks, biomass and wastes. It describes the current state-of-the-art of gasification and leads to practical issues concerning all stepps of the gasification process from the reactor design, the burners, the clean-up and corrosion aspects. It also gives an overview on the different applications of the gasification for energy and material use and shows the range of chemical products obtainable from synthesis gas as well as synfuels and power uses. With this aim it is made especially for an audience of chemical engineers, petroleum engineers, energy engineers and environmental engineers.

Presentation of the publisher
The gasification process converts any carbon-containing material into a synthesis gas composed primarily of carbon monoxide and hydrogen, which can be used as a fuel to generate electricity or steam or used as a basic chemical building block for a large number of uses in the petrochemical and refining industries. Gasification adds value to low or negative value feedstocks by converting them to marketable fuels and products. This is the first book to cover gasification as a comprehensive topic, covering its many uses, from refining, to natural gas, to coal. This book provides an up-to-date overview of commercial processes and covers applications relevant to today’s demands.

The new edition is expanded and provides more detail on the integration issues for current generation, state-of-the-art Integrated Gasification Combined Cycles (IGCC); CO2 capture in the IGCC context addressing the issues of pre-investment and retrofitting as well as defining what the term “CO2 capture ready” might mean in practice; issues of plant reliability, availability and maintainability (RAM) including as evaluation of feedback from existing plants; implementation of fuel cell technology in IGCC concepts. All statistics, processes and projects, including descriptions of a number of processes not covered in the previous edition.


  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • The Thermodynamics of Gasification
  • The Kinetics of Gasification and Reactor Theory
  • Feedstocks and Feedstock Characteristics
  • Gasification Processes
  • Practical Issues
  • Applications
  • Auxiliary Technologies
  • Economics, environmental, and Safety Issues
  • Gasification and the Future
  • Appendices

Product details
Stefan Fürnsinn, 2008: Gasification. 2nd Edition, Gulf Professional Publishing, Imprint of Elsevier, 456 pages, hardback, € 87.95, ISBN 978-0-7506-8528-3

Source: Gulf Professional Publishing, Imprint of Elsevier, 2008.


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