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"This timely book provides comprehensive coverage of the engineering systems that convert agricultural crops and residues into bioenergy and biobased products. Leading the way as the first textbook for coursework on biobased products, Biorenewable Resources: Engineering New Products from Agriculture covers not only pertinent technologies but offers a primer on necessary foundation subjects the student or other reader may lack: organic chemistry, thermodynamics, plant science, crop production, environmental science, and process economics." By defining this multi-disciplinary field - at the interface between agricultural sciences and process engineering - Robert C. Brown presents an introductory textbook that also serves as a handbook for agronomists, engineers, chemists, and environmentalists.
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promises to become the intellectual and technical gateway to a sustainable, renewable resource-based industrial society.” --Wolfgang G. Glasser, Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813822631
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert C. Brown is Anson Marston Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Gary and Donna Hoover Chair in Mechanical Engineering, and Founding Director of the Bioeconomy Institute at Iowa State University.

Tristan R. Brown is Graduate Lecturer and Research Associate at the Bioeconomy Institute at Iowa State University.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 3
2 Fundamental Concepts in Understanding Bioenergy and Biobased Products 13
2.1 Introduction 13
2.2 Engineering thermodynamics 13
2.3 Organic chemistry 24
2.4 Chemistry of plant materials 49
3 The Biorenewable Resource Base 59
3.1 Defining the resource 59
3.2 Properties of biomass 64
3.3 Yields of biomass 68
3.4 Size of resource base 70
4 Production of Biorenewable Resources 77
4.1 Introduction 77
4.2 Herbaceous crops 77
4.3 Woody crops 95
4.4 Storage 100
4.5 Transgenic crops 102
5 Products from Biorenewable Resources 109
5.1 Introduction 109
5.2 Bioenergy 110
5.3 Transportation fuels 121
5.4 Chemicals 126
5.5 Fibers 136
6 Conversion of Biorenewable Resources Into Heat and Power 139
6.1 Introduction 139
6.2 Direct combustion 139
6.3 Thermal gasification 145
6.4 Anaerobic digestion 152
7 Processing of Biorenewable Resources Into Chemicals and Fuels 159
7.1 Introduction 159
7.2 Fermentation of sugars and starches 159
7.3 Conversion of lignocellulosic feedstocks to sugar 169
7.4 Lipid extractives 179
7.5 Thermochemical conversion 182
7.6 Additional processing to value-added chemicals 190
8 Processing of Biorenewable Resources Into Natural Fibers 195
8.1 Introduction 195
8.2 Mechanical pulping 196
8.3 Chemical pulping 196
8.4 Depithing 201
9 Environmental Impact of the Bioeconomy 205
9.1 Introduction 205
9.2 Plant science 205
9.3 Production 208
9.4 Processing 215
9.5 Utilization 224
10 Economics of Biorenewable Resources 229
10.1 Introduction 229
10.2 Estimating the cost of feedstock from biorenewable resources 229
10.3 Estimating unit cost for manufacturing biobased products 243
10.4 Costs of manufacturing various biobased products 260
Appendix 267
Index 269
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