Biomass Energy Conversion

Biomass is a clean, renewable energy source, derived from plants that use sunlight to grow, such as wood from forests, material left over from agricultural and forestry processes, and organic industrial, human and animal material. Biomass can be converted via a number of process either directly to energy (heat or electricity), or to another form, such as liquid biofuels or combustible biogas and bio-hydrogen. Valuable chemicals can also be extracted from biomass via different processes. Biomass energy conversion processes can be categorized to biochemical (fermentation, hydrolysis etc), thermochemical (gasification, pyrolysis, Fischer-Tropsch, torrefaction, liquefaction etc) and thermal (combustion, co-firing).

Research is conducted towards the development of novel efficient biomass conversion processes for the production of valuable fuels and chemicals. Novel processes are assessed both experimentally and via process simulation and techno-economic studies to identify technical and technological feasibility, economic viability, efficiency and overall environmental profile.

Contact Person(s)

For further information please contact:

Heracleous Eleni

Lecturer, School of Science and Technology

Selected Publications

  • Heracleous E., "Environmental assessment of biofuels via Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)", In N. Karnavos, A.A. Lappas, G. Marnellos (Eds.), ‘Biofuels-Sustainable Energy’, Panhellenic Association of Chemical Engineers, Tziolas Publications, Thessaloniki, GR (2014) • Book Chapter
  • Heracleous E. and Lappas A.A., "Production of synthetic liquid biofuels via Fischer-Tropsch", In N. Karnavos, A.A. Lappas, G. Marnellos (Eds.), ‘Biofuels-Sustainable Energy’, Panhellenic Association of Chemical Engineers, Tziolas Publications, Thessaloniki, GR (2014) • Book Chapter
  • Iliopoulou E.F., Heracleous E., Delimitis A. and Lappas A.A., "Producing High Quality Biofuels: Pt-based Hydroisomerization Catalysts Evaluated using BtL-Naphtha Surrogates", Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 145 (2014) 177 (2014)
  • Heracleous E. and Iliopoulou E.F., "Micro-mesoporous Pt/ZSM-5 Catalysts for the Hydroisomerization of BTL-naphtha", Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 52 (2013) 14567 (2013) • Journal Paper
  • Heracleous E. and Lemonidou A.A., "CAT4BIO conference: Advances in catalysis for biomass valorization", Platinum Metals Review 57(2) (2013) 101 (2013) • Conference Paper

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