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The defining guide to energy systems engineering—updated for the latest technologies
"Broad in scope, with focused instructional detail, this text offers a uniquely excellent, student-accessible educational resource for integrating thermodynamic, alternative, and renewable energy conversion processes." — Professor Randy L. Vander Wal, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Penn State University
"A carefully written book, providing good breadth as well as depth on major conventional and sustainable energy systems." — Professor David Dillard, Department of Engineering Science & Mechanics, Virginia Tech
Fully revised throughout, Energy Systems Engineering, Second Edition discusses fossil, nuclear, and renewable energy sources, emphasizing a technology-neutral, portfolio approach to energy systems options. The book covers major energy technologies, describing how they work, how they are quantitatively evaluated, their cost, and their benefit or impact on the natural environment.
Evaluating project scope, cost, energy consumption, and technical efficiency is clearly addressed. Example problems help you to quantify the performance of each technology and better assess its potential. Hundreds of illustrations and end-of-chapter exercises aid in your understanding of the concepts presented in this practical guide.
Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.70 (d)
Meet the Author
Francis M. Vanek, Ph.D., is a lecturer and research assistant in the Departments of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering and the Systems Engineering Program at Cornell University, where he specializes in energy efficiency, alternative energy, and energy for transportation. He is also a consultant with Taitem Engineering in Ithaca.
Louis D. Albright, Ph.D., is a professor of Biological and Environmental Engineering and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell University. He is also a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).
Largus T. Angenent, Ph.D., is associate professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University, Director of the Agricultural Waste Management Lab, and Faculty Fellow at the Cornell Center for a Sustainable Future. He specializes in converting organic biomass and waste materials into bio-energy, specific energy carrying products such as methane, carboxylates, and n-butanol. Dr. Angenent also works in the areas of biosensors and bio-aerosols.
Ch 1. Introduction
Ch 2. Systems Tools for Energy Systems
Ch 3. Economic Tools for Energy Systems
Ch 4. Climate Change and Climate Modeling
Ch 5. Fossil Fuel Resources
Ch 6. Stationary Combustion Systems
Ch 7. Carbon Sequestration
Ch 8. Nuclear Energy Systems
Ch 9. The Solar Resource
Ch 10. Solar Photovoltaic Technologies
Ch 11. Active Solar Thermal Applications
Ch 12. Passive Solar Thermal Applications
Ch 13. Wind Energy Systems
Ch 14. Bioenergy Resources and Systems
Ch 15. Transportation Energy Technologies
Ch 16. Systems Perspective on Transportation Energy
Ch 17. Conclusion: Creating the Twenty-First Century Energy System
Appendix A: Perpetual Julian Date Calendar
Appendix B: LCR Table
Appendix C: CF Table
Appendix D: Numerical Answers to Select Problems
Appendix E: Common Conversions
Appendix F: Information about Thermodynamic Constants
A Message from the Author
My name is Francis Vanek and I am the lead author of this book. For the past five years I have been teaching in the energy field in the Cornell University College of Engineering, and the content of the book is based on my experience as a teacher, researcher, and energy systems consultant. Some reasons to purchase the book: 1. It is timely: it deals with issues that are pressing, such as sustainable development 'especially for poor countries', climate change, and changing availability and cost of fossil fuel resources. 2. It covers many possible energy solutions: including ways of using fossil fuels more efficiently, the role of nuclear energy, means of growing the use of renewable energy sources, and the question of how to provide energy for transportation. Among renewables, wind and solar energy are especially important in the book, because there are vast amounts of these resources available to be harnessed on the planet. 3. The book appeals to a wide range of readers: if you have a college degree in engineering or science 'for example, physics, chemistry, geology, etc., you will have sufficient background to understand the quantitative explanations that underly each technology presented in the book. No previous knowledge of the technologies is assumed. Alternatively, if you come from a different background such as natural resources, social sciences, environmental activism, etc., you will benefit from the written explanations that surround each technology. I have come to this conclusion from showing the book to people from many different backgrounds. 4. The book has undergone extensive 'beta testing' with Cornell students: many of the worked examples found throughout the book were used in lecture presentations or as homework problems, and many of the chapters themselves were used as handouts in courses before they were incorporated into the book. Lastly, why 4 out of 5 stars coming from the lead author? The reason is that the current energy and climate change crisis is not easily solved, and we don't have all the answers in this book. The answers we do give may lead to more questions in the minds of the reader -- this is to be expected. That said, I have confidence in the quality of this book, and I genuinely recommend it. Thank you for considering it. Here’s to working together to create a sustainable planet.