Andrew Rollinson, 2016, Gasification: Succeeding with small-scale systems. Published by Low-impact Living Initiative. ISBN: 0954917111. Price: £12.95. Order from us direct or through Centre for Alternative Technologies.

“….One of the problems at present is that the truth about gasifier performance and the amount of care needed to get successful operation is not made fully transparent by system retailers, or subsidiaries in the supply chain.

A small-scale gasifier can provide electricity and motive power on demand using garden prunings and wood scraps. The technology, based on the principles of charcoal production, flourished 100 years ago until oil became cheap. Energy engineer Dr Andrew Rollinson explores the science, history, and potential of small-scale gasifiers, and provides instructions on how to operate one successfully. With dwindling fossil fuel reserves, increased energy prices, climate change and mountains of waste, this book provides a helping hand. It will be relevant to those who want to assess whether the technology is right for them, but also serves as a guide for the gasifier operator, explaining what can go wrong, why, and how to achieve long-term success.”

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Academic Journal Articles

Rollinson, A.N. Gasification reactor engineering approach to understanding the formation of biochar properties. Proceedings A of The Royal Society, 2016, 472 (2192), DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2015.0841.

Rollinson, A.N., Williams, O. Experiments on torrefied wood pellet – Study by gasification and characterisation for waste biomass to energy applications. Royal Society Open Science, 2016, doi: 10.1098/rsos.150578.

Rollinson, A.N.Engineering and technology of industrial water power at Castleford Mills from the seventeenth century to the twentieth century. Notes and Records: the Royal Society journal of the history of science, 2016, 70 (1),

Rollinson, A.N., Karmakar, M.K. On the reactivity of various biomass species with CO2 using a standardised methodology for fixed-bed gasification. Chemical Engineering Science, 2015, 128, pp. 82-91.

Dupont, V, Twigg, M.V., Rollinson, A.N., Jones, J.M. Thermodynamics of hydrogen production from urea by steam reforming with and without in-situ carbon-dioxide sorption. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2013, 38 (25), pp. 10260-10269.

Jones, J.M., Rollinson, A.N. Thermogravimetric evolved gas analysis of urea and urea solutions with nickel-alumia catalyst. Thermochimica Acta, 2013, 565, pp. 39-45.

Rollinson, A.N. Letter to the Editor Re: Metallic and carbonaceous-based catalysts performance in the solar catalytic decomposition of methane for hydrogen and carbon production. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2012, 37 (19), pp. 14714-14715.

Rollinson, A.N., Rickett, G.L., Lea-Langton, A., Dupont, V., Twigg, M.V. Hydrogen from urea-water and ammonia-water solutions. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2011, 106 (3-4), pp. 304-315.

Rollinson, A.N., Jones, J.M., Dupont, V., Twigg, M.V. Urea as a hydrogen carrier: a perspective on its potential for safe, sustainable and long-term energy supply. Energy and Environmental Science, 2011, 4, pp. 1216-1244.

Conference Papers

Rollinson, A.N., Clarke, M., Liu, H., Snape, C. Performance of 10 kW Power Pallet Gasifier and its Potential for Small-scale Off-grid Electricity from Biomass. International Bio-energy Conference 2014, Manchester (England), 11th March to 13th March 2014.

Rollinson, A.N., Jones, J.M., Dupont, V., Twigg, M.V. Characterisation of Nickel Catalyst used in Urea Steam Reforming. EuropacatX, Glasgow (Scotland), 28th August to 2nd September 2011. Characterisation-of-Nickel-Catalyst-used-in-Urea-Steam-Reforming

Rollinson, A.N., Rickett, G.L., Dupont, V., Twigg, M.V. Hydrogen Production by Catalytic Steam Reforming of Urea. 5th International Ege Energy Symposium and Exhibition (IEESE-5): 27-30 June 2010, Pamukkale University, Denizli, Turkey. ieese202.

PhD thesis

Hydrogen from Urea: A Novel Energy Source. University of Leeds Energy Research Institute, 2012. Available from:

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