Principles of Sustainable Energy Systems (2nd Edition) – eBook


  • Author: Frank Kreith
  • File Size: 20 MB
  • Format: PDF
  • Length: 790 pages
  • Series: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Series (Book 52)
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 2nd edition (August 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F02HE48
  • ISBN-10: 146655696X / 1466556978
  • ISBN-13: 9781466556966 / 9781466556973


Completely updated and revised, Principles of Sustainable Energy Systems 2nd Edition (PDF) presents broad-based coverage of sustainable energy systems and sources. The ebook is designed as a textbook for first-year graduate and undergraduate seniors students. It focuses on renewable energy technologies, but also treats current trends such as the expanding use of natural gas from fracking and development of nuclear power. It covers the economics of sustainable energy, both from a traditional monetary as well as from an energy return on energy invested (EROI) perspective.

The PDF ebook provides up-to-date and complete coverage of all renewable technologies, including wind power and solar, biological processes such as anaerobic digestion and geothermal energy. The new 2nd edition also examines social issues such as water, food, global warming, population, and public policies of engineering concern. It discusses energy transition ― the process by which renewable energy forms can effectively be introduced into existing energy systems to replace fossil fuels.

See What’s New in the 2nd Edition:

  • Analytic models of all energy systems in the future and current economy
  • Extended treatment of the energy and social issues related to sustainable energy
  • Thoroughly updated chapters on wind, biomass, transportation, and all types of solar power
  • Coverage of current issues in transition engineering providing analytic tools that can reduce the risk of unsustainable fossil resource use
  • Treatment of energy return on energy invested (EROI) as a tool for understanding the sustainability of different types of resource conversion and efficiency projects
  • Introduction of the System Advisor Model (SAM) software program, available from National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), with examples and homework problems
  • Updates to all chapters on renewable energy technology engineering, in particular the chapters dealing with transportation, passive design, energy storage, ocean energy, and bioconversion

Written by Frank Kreith and Susan Krumdieck, this updated version of a successful textbook takes a balanced approach that looks not only at sustainable energy sources, but also provides examples of energy storage, industrial process heat, and modern transportation. The authors take an analytical systems approach to energy engineering, rather than the more descriptive and general approach usually found in textbooks on this topic.