The analysis of energy systems is of paramount importance in modern societies, since it is fundamental to guarantee a sustainable economic development. It combines technical and economic research with a specific focus on quantitative modelling, in order to optimize the modalities of energy demand and supply globally.
The book covers major advanced topics related to the analysis of energy by considering different aspects, namely management, planning and policies. The most recent trends, such as smart grids, transition from fossil fuels to renewables based energy systems and distributed generation, are also discussed in this book. Intended to be a collection of various contributions from experts all around the world, it includes latest research results, innovations and methodologies about the analysis of energy systems. The book also focuses to contribute to the current debate related to the evolution of energy systems, by discussing in an open way the pro’s and con’s without any pre-constitute point of view. Title is aimed to be a reference for the academic community, students and professionals with a wider interdisciplinary background.
- Presents integration of renewable sources with conventional energy systems.
- Topic is addressed from a multidisciplinary point of view, i.e. economy, technical, modelling, planning.
- Investigates management and planning aspects of future energy supplies.
- Multidimensional nature of energy systems is highlighted and discussed.
- Contributes towards implementing policy measures to reduce primary energy consumptions and carbon footprint.
Table of Contents
Developing integrated policy inteventions to achieve a long-term energy transition: theoretical and empirical perspectives. Energy and climate planning: the role of analytical tools and soft measures. Energy innovation policy: fostering small energy service companies. Competitiveness of distributed generation of heat, power and cooling: System design and policy overview. Are Smart Grids the holy grail? - Economic, environmental and regulatory opportunities for Smart Grid development in North-Western Europe. Renewables optimization in an energy only market. Optimal scheduling of a microgrid under uncertainty condition. Cost Benefit Analysis for Energy Policies. Benchmarking energy efficiency transitions in MENA countries. Energy supply in Europe. Current trends and future perspectives for the natural gas sector. Roller coaster of the Spanish energy policy with the EU.
Vincenzo Bianco is Associate Professor of Thermal Engineering and Industrial Energy Systems at University of Genoa (Italy), where he previously served as Assistant Professor (from 2012 until 2014). He carries out researches on different topics, such as energy efficiency in buildings and industrial processes, energy planning, analysis of energy markets and heat transfer. He cooperates with important world leading research institutions, such as University of California Riverside (Prof. Vafai) and ETH Zurich (Prof. Poulikakos), where he was a visiting researcher. He is the author of numerous papers published on world leading, peer-reviewed journals in the area of energy and heat transfer. Before starting his academic career, he gained important experience in the industry as Business Analyst at Value Partners Management Consulting and as Senior Business Analyst at ENEL SpA, working on business strategy issues and business development in the power sector. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli (Italy), where he also received a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering