From the article:
We present an overview of the current state of Gasification Technology in Chapter 1 in order to give the reader some perspective on the field and a minimum knowledge for purposes of navigation in this volume. There are thousands of gasifier systems in the world, many differing only in minor ways. We present in Chapter 2 a summary of the gasifier manufacturers or projects that have we have found with extensive searching of the literature and in discussions with others. This list only skims the surface and gives no feel for the scope of each gasifier or project.
As a preparation for writing Volume I we (and others) have made site visits to a number of gasifiers and projects. These are reported in more detail for large gasifier system (>10 MW) in Chapter 3. Small gasifier systems (<10 MW) and gasifier research establishments are discussed in detail in Chapter 4. Chapter 5 reports on a number of organizations involved in gasification research. This is a rapidly changing field and we apologize here in advance to those working in a field that we may have slighted. We include in Chapter 6 a conversion table between English and SI units; Chapter 7 contains a brief glossary of technical words and acronyms; and Chapter 8 contains a list of references.
I am pleased to announce that it is my perception that gasification is getting a great deal of renewed interest. This month it was announced that the long awaited Burlington/Battelle/FERCO gasifier had achieved continuous operation.
Thomas B. Reed January, 2001