Systems Perspectives on Biorefineries



Replacing fossil fuels with biomass in the production of energy carriers, materials and specialty chemicals is a challenge that now confronts humanity. Numerous questions demand an answer: in which applications we shall use the limited biomass resource; how the raw materials are best refined; if biorefineries can be integrated in existing industries; and what policy instruments are required to realise the biorefineries of the future.


There is not one final answer to questions like these. However, different systems studies can provide us with complementary pieces of the puzzle. These can be valuable by themselves, or be brought together into a larger and more complex picture. Systems Perspectives on Biorefineries 2014 contains twelve chapters that address different topics related to the immensely important issue of how the world’s biomass resources can, or should, be converted into the goods we need and desire.

Systems Perspectives on Biorefineries is an evolving ebook with annual updates. You may also want to read Systems perspectives on Renewable Power and Systems Perspectives on Electromobility. Also a shorter Swedish version of this book called Perspektiv på förädling av bioråvara is available on our Swedish website.

 
 
 
 

 

Contents: System Perspectives on Biorefineries

1. Assessing biorefineries

Björn Sandén, Environmental Systems Analysis, Chalmers
Fredrik Hedenus, Physical Resource Theory, Chalmers

2. What is a biorefinery?

Thore Berntsson, Heat and Power Technology, Chalmers
Björn Sandén, Environmental Systems Analysis, Chalmers
Lisbeth Olsson, Industrial Biotechnology, Chalmers
Anders Åsblad, Chalmers Industriteknik

3. Market potential of biorefinery products

Matty Janssen, Environmental Systems Analysis, Chalmers

4. How much biomass is available?

Göran Berndes, Physical Resource Theory, Chalmers

5. Socio-economic consequences of increased biomass demand

Martin Persson, Physical Resource Theory, Chalmers

6. Opportunities for biorefineries in the pulping industry

Karin Pettersson, Heat and Power Technology, Chalmers
Maryam Mahmoudkhani, Heat and Power Technology, Chalmers
Anna von Schenk, Innventia

7. Perspectives on the potential for CCS in the European pulp and paper industry

Jan Kjärstad, Energy Technology, Chalmers
Mikael Odenberger, Energy Technology, Chalmers

8. Optimal location of biorefineries

Karin Pettersson, Heat and Power Technology, Chalmers
Simon Harvey, Heat and Power Technology, Chalmers

9. What is the efficiency of a biorefinery?

Fredrik Lind, Energy Technology, Chalmers
Stefan Heyne, Heat and Power Technology, Chalmers
Filip Johnsson, Energy Technology, Chalmers

10. How much can biofuels reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

Karin Pettersson, Heat and Power Technology, Chalmers
Maria Grahn, Physical Resource Theory, Chalmers

11. The value of excess heat – profitability and CO2 balances

Erik Ahlgren, Energy Technology, Chalmers

12. Policy challenges in realising biomass gasification in the European Union

Staffan Jacobsson, Environmental Systems Analysis, Chalmers

Published: Mon 21 Nov 2011. Modified: Fri 05 Feb 2016