This book is tailor-designed for a course on sustainable energy at the senior or graduate level in engineering and, as such, assumes that the reader has a basic understanding of thermodynamics and heat transfer. This book presents the fundamental principles and examines comprehensively practical issues surrounding energy efficiency and renewable energy concepts and systems. It recognizes that the transitioning from a fossil fuel-based economy to a sustainable energy system imposes challenges for engineering, while emphasizing the interrelation between the social, economic, environmental, and technical aspects of the sustainability challenge.

Chapter 1 presents an overview of the physical limitations that the global availability of water, food, and energy resources place upon a sustainable world population and discusses options of future energy generation and conservation. Chapter 2 covers energy economics and the methodology for an economic assessment to give useful financial insights and...

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