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Biomass and Biofuels by Thallada Bhaskar, Shibu Jose

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Chapter 5

Thermochemical Biomass Conversion for Rural Biorefinery

Thallada Bhaskar, Bhavya Balagurumurthy, Rawel Singh, and Priyanka Ohri

Bio-Fuels Division, CSIR–Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun, India

5.1 Introduction

Conventional fuels from fossil resources have played the most important role in the rapid technological progress over the past few centuries. It is estimated that more than 85% of the world’s energy requirements are obtained from conventional fuels (Weiland 2010). In addition to providing energy, they are also an important feedstock for a majority of commodity products such as plastics and fabrics (Lucian et al. 2007). The recent fluctuating prices and environmental disturbances due to the use of conventional fuels have ...

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