Decision-Making in Energy Systems
This is a comprehensive book on how to make complex decisions on energy systems problems involving different technologies, environmental effects, costs, benefits, risks, and safety issues. Using Industrial and Systems Engineering techniques for decision-making in Energy Systems, the book provides the background knowledge and methods to incorporate multiple criteria involved in solving energy system problems. It offers methods, examples, and case studies illustrating applications.
Decision-Making in Energy Systemsdiscusses subjective as well as objective methods, approaches, and techniques taken from the systems and industrial engineering domain and puts them to use in solving energy systems problems. It uses an integrated approach by including effects of all technical, economic, environmental, and safety considerations as well as costs and risks. The book is specially designed for practicing engineers from industrial/systems engineering who work in energy systems engineering industries.
Aimed at graduate students, researchers, and managers involved in various energy generating, distributing, and consuming companies, the book helps the reader to understand, evaluate, and decide on solutions to their energy-related problems.
SECTION I Core Building Blocks. Chapter 1. Energy Systems, Problems and Risks. Chapter 2. The Energy Picture. Chapter 3. Risk Assessment Methods. Chapter 4. Systems Engineering in Energy Systems Projects. Chapter 5. Safety Engineering in Energy Systems. SECTION II Measurements, Analysis and Decision Making. Chapter 6. Decision Making Approaches. Chapter 7. Costs, Revenues and Time Considerations. Chapter 8. Cost-Benefit Analysis. Chapter 9. Subjective Methods for Risk Assessment. SECTION III Customers, Governments and Future Changes. Chapter 10. Energy Users, Societal Needs and Energy Providers. Chapter 11. Government Regulations. Chapter 12. Meeting Future Automotive Fuel Economy and Emissions Requirements. SECTION IV Current Issues Facing the Energy Industries. Chapter 13. Smart Grid. Chapter 14. Electricity Storage Technologies. Chapter 15. Infrastructure Standardization for Electric Vehicles. SECTION V Applications of Methods: Examples and Illustrations. Chapter 16. Selection of Power Generation Alternatives. Chapter 17. Sensitivity and Monte Carlo Analyses. Appendix 1. Terminology, Acronyms, Abbreviation and Units. Appendix 2. Project: Cost Benefit Analysis of Residential Photovoltaic Solar Panels. Appendix 3. Project: Fault Tree and Reliability Analyses. Appendix 4. Project: Decision-Making and Analytical Hierarchical Process. Appendix 5. Project: Analysis of an Energy Problem.