Pyrolysis and Gasification of Biomass and Wastes

Strasbourg, France; September/October 2002. 

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This Expert Meeting was organized by the PyNe and GasNet networks to assist the European Commission, particularly DG TREN, to formulate a strategy for the research, development and demonstration of advanced thermal processes for realization of renewable energy from biomass.

The presentations included overviews of the European Commission and US policies and programmes; status reports on the major thermal conversion technologies of pyrolysis and gasification as applied to biomass and waste, together with an overview of commercial requirements for successful translation of research and development into commercial practice; and a series of 11 case studies from major industrial players that provided authoritative examples of how industry is developing and implementing these advanced conversion technologies and in particular the range of problems that were encountered and how they were addressed.  The overviews and case studies gave a sound basis for the six workshops that followed, each led by a chairman and supported by a panel.  Each workshop presented their conclusions and recommendations at the wrap-up session at the conclusion of the meeting, and provided a report with conclusions and recommendations all of which are included at the end of this book.

These proceedings provide a comprehensive set of papers on pyrolysis and gasification of biomass and waste from fundamental research through to commercial plants all of which were presented as posters, case studies or overviews during the meeting.  The R&D community in particular used the occasion to demonstrate their active involvement in contributing efficient and environmentally science and technology to underpin the industrial realizations that will follow as the European policies for renewable energy and particularly bio-energy become implemented. 

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