Efficiency and Sustainability in the Energy and Chemical Industries: Scientific Principles and Case Studies, Second Edition

Krishnan Sankaranarayanan, Hedzer J. van der Kooi, Jakob de Swaan Arons

May 24, 2010 by CRC Press
Reference - 393 Pages - 153 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439814703 - CAT# K10757
Series: Green Chemistry and Chemical Engineering


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  • Illustrates techniques with wide-ranging case studies related to energy conversion, mining, and the chemical industries
  • Considers engineering layouts that reduce the environmental impact of chemical operations
  • Explains how to use energy analysis to accurately assess the quality and performance of chemical processes
  • Addresses the quality of the joule, the chemical component of exergy, exergy loss, and the role of efficiency
  • Supplies quantitative tools for analyzing sustainability and efficiency
  • Investigates the challenges of the hydrogen economy and CO2


Using classic thermodynamic principles as the point of departure, this new edition of a popular resource supplies the understanding and tools required to measure process efficiency and sustainability with much improved accuracy. Exploring the driving forces in the chemical and power industries, Efficiency and Sustainability in the Energy and Chemical Industries: Scientific Principles and Case Studies, Second Edition investigates why losses occur and explains how to reduce such losses.

Numerous case studies, examples, and problems illustrate the thermodynamic analysis of process performance to explain how to effectively analyze and optimize work flows and environmental resources. The authors compare the present industrial society with an emerging one in which mass production and consumption are in harmony with the natural environment through closure of material cycles. In this second edition, the book’s structure of Basics, Thermodynamic Analysis of Processes, Case Studies, and Sustainability has been unaffected, but a few additions have been made.

New and updated information includes:

  • A new chapter dedicated to the increasing levels of CO2 emissions, with special attention to the removal and storage of CO2
  • A new chapter on the rapidly emerging hydrogen economy
  • An extended chapter on lifecycle analysis that examines the fate of the quality of energy during the lifecycle
  • Increased focus on integrating the environment into the thermodynamic analysis of the systems or processes considered
  • New problem sets and exercises

Complete with the keys to a quantification of process efficiency and sustainability, this cutting-edge resource is the ideal guide for those engaged in the transition from fossil-based fuels to renewable and sustainable energy sources using low-waste procedures.


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