Handbook Biomass Gasification

On 27 September 2012 the publication, entitled ‘Handbook of Biomass Gasification – Second Edition’, has been released. This Handbook, which is published by BTG Biomass Technology Group BV, is the successor of the first handbook, issued in 2005.Confidence in biomass gasification waned somewhat in the first years after the turn of the century as the technology did not fully meet the high expectations. Dedicated R&D projects sponsored by the European Commission and several national governments in the nineties did not lead immediately to major technological breakthroughs. The current interest in establishing a bio-based economy is offering new opportunities to boost biomass gasification, and in the last few years quite some technical progress has been made. The release of a second edition of the Handbook on Biomass Gasification, after the first edition that was published in 2005, thus seemed timely.This fully updated and expanded Handbook of Biomass Gasification reviews the current state of technology and describe the latest success stories. Compared with the first edition, it not only contains updates of topics covered earlier, but also several new chapters which we trust will be of interest to the biomass gasification community. The Handbook aims to guide newcomers as well as persons that are already familiar with and/or involved in biomass gasification, be it as researchers and technology developers, policy developers, investors, end-users and/or other decision makers.

The preparation of the Handbook is made possible by the pro bono contribution of respected international experts regarding various aspects of biomass gasification. Hopefully this book will become a valuable tool in disseminating knowledge and helping the further development of biomass gasification as an efficient and commercial technology for the renewable production of heat, power, liquid fuels, and chemicals.



The Handbook on Biomass Gasification – Second Edition consist of the following chapters:

  1. Introduction
  2. Success stories
  3. Gasification and combustion kinetics of biomass chars
  4. Standardisation and continuous on-line tar measurement
  5. Waste to energy through gasification
  6. A review of syngas cleaning technologies
  7. Gasification of biomass derived intermediates in entrained flow gasifiers
  8. Entrained Flow Gasification of Bio-Oil for Syngas
  9. Biomass gasification in supercritical water
  10. BioSNG – A renewable substitute for natural gas
  11. Waste to energy through gasification
  12. Permitting and utility interconnect of biomass gasification systems – perspective from the United States
  13. Multiple-stage gasification – tar cracking gasifiers
  14. Field monitoring results in developing countries
  15. Health, safety and environmental aspects of biomass gasification
  16. Legal requirements towards HSE for biomass gasification plants
  17. Theoretical Aspects of Risk Assessment
  18. Potential hazards and good design principles
  19. Improving the public perception of bioenergy
  20. Status of Thermochemical Gasification of Biomass in Germany
  21. Status of Thermochemical Gasification of Biomass in China
  22. Status of Thermochemical Gasification of Biomass in India


The handbook is printed in full colour with a hardcover. It is available from Knoef Consultany in the Netherlands, and can be ordered by e-mail harrie@knoefconsultancy.com mentioning the following information:

  •  The edition of the handbook:
    •   First edition – 400 pages – €60
    •   Second edition – 500 pages – €100
    •   Both versions – 900 pages – €150
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