Energy Systems Engineering: Evaluation and Implementation / Edition 1

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"Energy Systems Engineering presents a systems approach to future energy needs. This guide explores the latest technology within each energy systems area, the benefits and liabilities of each, the challenges posed by changing energy supplies, the negative impacts from energy consumption, and the ways in which a portfolio of new technologies can address these problems." Filled with over 200 detailed illustrations and tables, the book examines short-, medium-, and long-term energy options for the remainder of the twenty-first century. For each energy system, the authors provide equations and problems to help practitioners quantify the performance of the technology and better understand its potential.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071495936
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/19/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 532
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (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.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

2 Systems Tools for Energy Systems 23

3 Economic Tools for Energy Systems 61

4 Climate Change and Climate Modeling 77

5 Fossil Fuel Resources 107

6 Stationary Combustion Systems 125

7 Carbon Sequestration 165

8 Nuclear Energy Systems 189

9 The Solar Resource 225

10 Solar Photovoltaic Technologies 249

11 Solar Thermal Applications 281

12 Wind Energy Systems 331

13 Transportation Energy Technologies 371

14 Systems Perspective on Transportation Energy 421

15 Conclusion: Creating the Twenty-First Century Energy System 465

A Perpetual Julian Date Calendar 491

B Thermodynamic Tables - Metric Units 493

C Thermodynamic Tables - U. S. Customary Units 505

Index 517

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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.
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