Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Biorefineries - Vision and Development

Krzysztof Biernat

Łukasiewicz R&D Network - Automotive Industry Institute

Prof. Biernat is an expert in the field of bioeconomy with a number of publications in this area (over 200), especially in the field of thermodynamics processes. He is a holder of four patents, the president of the Polish Biomethane Council, a coordinator of the Polish Technology Platform for Biofuels, and a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Society Cluster of Bioeconomy.


Biomass Waste Thermochemical Processes Enzymatic Processes Oleorefinery Green Refinery Biofuels Bioplastics Sustainability Emissions Investment Costs Social Interest

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The book is imagined as divided into six sections, each thematically oriented towards specific topics. The first section of the book should contain an analysis of the quantity and origin of waste biodegradable raw materials necessary for processing. This analysis should include the types of raw materials and their potential, the method of its obtaining, processing and transport, and also raw material requirements in terms of the possibility of further processing.

The second section should include the possibilities of adapting the unit biomass conversion processes aimed at obtaining energy carriers, biochemicals and other products of added value, the efficiency of unit processes and proposals of methods for dealing with residues from these processes.

The third section of the book should include proposals for the concept of building biorefinery systems aimed at obtaining energy carriers or other non-energy products with added value. This section should describe the autonomous supply systems of biorefineries, the mass and energy balance of these systems and the efficiency of complex processes.

In the fourth section of the book a quantitative and qualitative analysis of possible products and their potential market demand and area of its application should be discussed. Also the analysis of the substitution of petroleum products with biorefinery products should be described.

The fifth section should include an analysis of the life cycle of various unit biorefinery processes and biorefinery systems along with an assessment of the emissivity of these processes. The carbon and water footprint evaluation could also be included.

The sixth section of the book should describe the state of research and development into the effectiveness of biorefinery processes in various countries as well as social, economic and legal conditions in the construction and operation of these systems.

Publishing process

Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: March 24th 2021

Applications to edit the book are assessed and a suitable editor is selected, at which point the process begins.

Chapter proposals submitted and reviewed

Deadline for chapter proposals: April 21st 2021

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Approved chapters written in full and submitted

Deadline for full chapters: June 20th 2021

Once approved by the academic editor and publishing review team, chapters are written and submitted according to pre-agreed parameters

Full chapters peer reviewed

Review results due: September 8th 2021

Full chapter manuscripts are screened for plagiarism and undergo a Main Editor Peer Review. Results are sent to authors within 30 days of submission, with suggestions for rounds of revisions.

Book compiled, published and promoted

Expected publication date: November 7th 2021

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About the editor

Krzysztof Biernat

Łukasiewicz R&D Network - Automotive Industry Institute

Krzysztof Biernat Ph.D. (Mech.Eng.) is a professor of the Automotive Industry Institute (PIMOT), acting as President of the Polish Biomethane Council, a Coordinator of Polish Technology Platform for Biofuels, and a member of the Coordinating Committee of Society Cluster of Bioeconomy. He is also a lead expert of the International Renewable Energy Agency and an expert in many operational programs. He specialized in chemical thermodynamics of environmental processes as well as obtaining technologies, quality evaluation, and the use of exploitative liquids, including biofuels, and biorefinery systems. He is an author of above 200 publications in the area of properties and exploitative conditionings of fuels, biofuels, and other liquids as well as environmental protection. He is a member of many national and international scientific societies including the American Chemical Society and American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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