1. Introduction 2. Definitions and Standards 3. Physio-chemical Characterisation of Raw Materials and Pellets 4. Pellet Production and Logistics 5. Safety Considerations and Health Concerns for Pellets During Storage, Handling and Transportation 6. Wood Pellet Combustion Technologies 7. Cost Analysis of Pellet Production 8. Cost Analysis of Pellet Utilisation in the Residential Heating Sector 9. Environmental Evaluation when using Pellets for Residential Heating Compared to other Energy Carriers 10. Current International Market Overview and Projections 11. Case Studies for the use of Pellets for Energy Generation 12. Research and Development
Prof., Dr. Ingwald Obernberger is the founder and general manager of BIOS BIOENERGIESYSTEME GmbH, a company active in R&D and engineering in the field of bioenergy. Since 1994 he has headed the research group 'Energetic Biomass Utilisation' at the Institute for Process and Particle Engineering, Graz University of Technology and since 1998 he has been a member of the Editorial Board of the international scientific journal Biomass and Bioenergy. He has published 6 books dealing with thermal biomass utilisation as well as more than 150 national and international publications and reports. Dipl.-Ing. Gerold Thek has worked at BIOS BIOENERGIESYSTEME GmbH since 2000 and since 2006 he has been project manager for national and international R&D projects in the field of bioenergy. His working areas and research activities are mainly focused on production and thermal utilisation of pellets, which has resulted in several publications in this field and formed the basis of this book.
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