Biorefinery and the Emerging Biomass Economy

Biomass is renewable organic materials, such as wood, agricultural crops or wastes, and municipal wastes, especially when used as a source of fuel or energy. This book overviews topics including economics, LCA, sustainable agriculture, chemistry, engineering, and policy. It discusses both energy from biomass and using biomass feedstocks to replace petroleum in the production of chemicals. The value of this volume is in its practical descriptions of the science, technology, and limitations of the modern, practical biorefinery.