Principles of Sustainable Energy Systems, Third Edition

3rd Edition

Charles F. Kutscher, Jana B. Milford, Frank Kreith

CRC Press
Published August 10, 2018
Textbook - 630 Pages - 365 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498788922 - CAT# K30321
Series: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Series

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  • Features new chapters covering efficiency, fossil fuels, the electric grid, and nuclear power
  • Provides expanded coverage of tools developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, with expanded use of the System Advisor Model (SAM)
  • Supplies new material on environmental life cycle assessment and greenhouse gas accounting methods for energy systems
  • Updates information on the rapidly decreasing costs of renewable energy
  • Covers the challenge of integrating variable renewable sources into the electric grid


PRINCIPLES OF SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS, Third Edition, surveys the range of sustainable energy sources and the tools that engineers, scientists, managers, and policy makers use to analyze energy generation, usage, and future trends. The text provides complete and up-to-date coverage of all renewable technologies, including solar and wind power, biofuels, hydroelectric, nuclear, ocean power, and geothermal energy. The economics of energy are introduced, with the SAM software package integrated so students can explore the dynamics of energy usage and prediction. Climate and environmental factors in energy use are integrated to give a complete picture of sustainable energy analysis and planning.


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