The central theme of this book is the development of the largest renewable energy source at present to efficient applications in modern and developing society : biomass. Energy from solar radiation, fixated by self-assembling plant structures , creating biomass which is converted to energy carriers fit for application in today’s and tomorrow’s energy generating equipment. The book is understandable for the non-expert but is nevertheless revealing the true challenges in this extremely broad area. You will find in it the interesting history of the use biomass by mankind in general and how the future of its modern use was shaped by active support of the European Union told by passionate pioneers and (ex) EU officials.
The main emphasis is on specific technologies both biological and thermo-chemical, from simple to extremely complex . These are explained in a clear way, including future prospects, by recognized experts.
Climb on the shoulders of all these authors (>25) and look into the close and distant future where interaction with other renewable sources will occur and discover: no renewable energy future without an important role of the oldest one: bio-energy.