Welcome to the Biomass Energy Foundation (BEF) website. The Biomass Energy Foundation (BEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation dedicated to biomass energy and specializing in micro -gasification.
Since 1997, BEF has been developing a knowledge base in multiple categories of biomass:
• liquid fuels from biomass (especially Biodiesel and methanol),
• solid fuels from biomass (especially wood chip or agricultural waste)
• advanced WoodGas stoves (not wood stoves),
• BioChar and charcoal
• all aspects of biomass energy, particularly high temperature conversion, pyrolysis and gasification that can produce heat, power, and fuels.
In 1997-98 Tom Reed and Sid Gaur studied over 100 different fuels for the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), and developed a thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA), a powerful tool for analyzing the thermal properties of biomass and other fuels. Marcel Dekker published a seminal book Thermal Data for Natural and Synthetic Fuels. The book is no longer in print and the rights have reverted to the authors.
Because of our experience with biomass analysis and Thermo Gravimetric Analysis, we have added a new section to the book, describing what we’ve learned about this powerful technique. The Biomass Energy Foundation Press has now published an updated 2nd Edition with a new Preface and new Table of Charcoal properties.