The Biomass Assessment Handbook: Bioenergy for a Sustainable Environment

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Earthscan, 2012 - Technology & Engineering - 292 pages
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The increasing importance of biomass as a renewable energy source has lead to an acute need for reliable and detailed information on its assessment, consumption and supply. Responding to this need, and overcoming the lack of standardized measurement and accounting procedures, this handbook provides the reader with the skills to understand the biomass resource base, the tools to assess the resource, and explores the pros and cons of exploitation. Topics covered include assessment methods for woody and herbaceous biomass, biomass supply and consumption, remote sensing techniques as well as vital policy issues. International case studies, ranging from techniques for measuring tree volume to transporting biomass, help to illustrate step-by-step methods and are based on field work experience. Technical appendices offer a glossary of terms, energy units and other valuable resource data.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Overview of Biomass Energy
1
Chapter 2 General Introduction to the Basis of Biomass Assessment Methodology
27
Chapter 3 Assessment Methods for Woody Biomass Supply
69
Chapter 4 Nonwoody Biomass and Secondary Fuels
110
Chapter 5 Assessment of Biomass Consumption
144
Chapter 6 Remote Sensing Techniques for Biomass Production and Carbon Sequestration Projects
178
Chapter 7 Case Studies
200
Appendices
233
Index
263
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Frank Rosillo-Calle is a Research Fellow at Imperial College's Centre for Environmental Policy and Technology. He has worked in the field of bioenergy related areas for 25 years and has published extensively in this area. Peter de Groot has worked in the field of renewable energy for 25 years. He has recently been involved in practical training courses for rural entrepreneurs. Sarah L. Hemstock is currently Programme Manager of the Cusichaca Trust. She has worked in resource management and sustainable development issues in poor communities. Jeremy Woods is a Research Fellow at Imperial College's Centre for Environmental Policy and Technology. His research focuses on the interaction between development, land use and sustainable use of natural resources, in particular biomass energy.

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