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Renewable Resources and Renewable Energy: A Global Challenge

Edited By: Paolo Fornasiero and Mauro Graziani

CRC Press

Hardback | Nov 2011 | Edition: 2 | #196896 | ISBN-13: 9781439840184
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As energy demands continue to surge worldwide, the need for efficient and environmentally neutral energy production becomes increasingly apparent. In its first edition, this book presented a well-rounded perspective on the development of bio-based feedstocks, biodegradable plastics, hydrogen energy, fuel cells, and other aspects related to renewable resources and sustainable energy production. The new second edition builds upon this foundation to explore new trends and technologies. The authors pay particular attention to hydrogen-based and fuel cell-based technologies and provide real-world case studies of renewable energy projects in the emerging Asian and South American markets.#


Technologies for Application and Utilization of Renewable Resources
-Bioplastics: Principles, Concepts, and Technology
-Bio-Based Key Molecules as Chemical Feedstocks
-Aqueous-Phase Catalytic Processing in Biomass Valorization to H2 and Liquid Fuels
-Valorization of Bio-Glycerol

Plastics and Materials from Renewable Resources
-Developments and Future Trends for Environmentally Degradable Plastics
-Fish Gelatin: Material Properties and Applications
-Polymeric Materials from Renewable Resources: Blends of Poly (3-Hydroxybutyrate) and Cellulose Acetate Derived from Rice Straw and Bagasse
-Using Life Cycle Assessment to Evaluate the Environmental Performance of Bio-Based Materials

Technologies for Renewable Energy
-Biomass Gasification for Second-Generation Fuel Production
-Future Perspectives for Hydrogen as Fuel in Transportation
-Technologies for Second-Generation Ethanol Based on Biochemical Platform
-Efficient Distributed Power Supply with Molten Carbonate Fuel Cells
-Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers for Renewable Energy

Trends, Needs, and Opportunities in Selected Biomass-Rich Countries
-Research and Prospective of Next Generation Biofuels in India
-Catalytic Technologies for Sustainable Development in Argentina
-Biofuels and Biochemicals in Brazil
-Biofuels and Biochemicals in Africa


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Paolo Fornasiero obtained a Ph.D. in heterogeneous catalysis in 1997. A post-doctoral fellow at the Catalysis Research Center of the University of Reading,UK, he became Assistant Professor in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Trieste in 1998, and Associate Professor in 2006. His scientific interests are in the technological application of material science and heterogeneous catalysis to the solution of environmental problems, such as the design of innovative materials for catalytic converters, the development of catalysts for the reduction of nitrogen oxides under oxidizing conditions, the photo-catalytic degradation of pollutants, and the design of new catalysts for the production and purification of hydrogen to be used in fuel cells. He is coauthor of more than 150 publications on international journals and books, three patents, and a number of communications to national and international meetings, in many cases as invited lecturer. He was awarded the Stampacchia Prize in 1994 for his first publication, and he received the Nasini Gold Medal in 2005, awarded by the Italian Chemical Society, for his contribution to research in the field of Inorganic Chemistry.

Mauro Graziani has been full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Trieste since 1975. His scientific interests have moved from organometallic chemistry, to homogeneous catalysis, to catalyst heterogeneization on various types of supports, and finally, to heterogeneous catalysis using transition metals supported on different oxides. In particular, with regard to hydrogen production, the water-gas shift and the NO + CO reactions have been studied. He is coauthor of more than 200 publications, four patents, and has been invited to present lectures at the most prestigious congresses in the field. He has also been a visiting Research Associate at Ohio State University and MIT, visiting Professor at Universities of Cambridge, Campinas and Zaragoza, UNESCO Scientific Advisor, Prorector of the University of Trieste, Dean of the Faculty of Science of the University of Trieste, Vice President of the Elettra Synchrotron and VicePresident of the Area Science Park of Trieste. He is an Associate Fellow of the Third World Academy of Science.

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