3rd Edition

Introduction to Energy Analysis

By Kornelis Blok, Evert Nieuwlaar Copyright 2021
    380 Pages 88 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    380 Pages 88 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This textbook provides an introduction to energy analysis for those students who want to specialise in this challenging field.

    In comparison to other textbooks, this book provides a balanced treatment of complete energy systems, covering the demand side, the supply side, and the energy markets that connect these. The emphasis is very much on presenting a range of tools and methodologies that will help students find their way in analysing real world problems in energy systems. This new edition has been updated throughout and contains additional content on energy transitions and improvements in the treatment of several energy systems analysis approaches.

    Featuring learning objectives, further readings and practical exercises in each chapter, Introduction to Energy Analysis will be essential reading for upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate students with a background in the natural sciences and engineering. This book may also be useful for professionals dealing with energy issues, as a first introduction into the field.


    1. Energy and Society

    2. What is Energy?

    3. Energy Services and Energy Demand

    4. Energy Use in Industry, Analysis and Management of Energy Use

    5. Energy Extraction and Conversion

    6. Energy Markets

    7. Exergy Analysis

    8. Analysis of Energy Chains

    9. Life-Cycle Energy Analysis

    10. Energy Efficiency

    11. Economic Analysis of Energy Technologies

    12. Potentials and Marginal Abatement Cost Curves

    13. Volume, Structure and Energy Efficiency

    14. Energy Policies and Policy Evaluation

    15. Energy Models and Energy Scenarios

    16. Climate-Neutral Energy Systems


    Kornelis Blok holds a Chair in Energy Systems Analysis at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, where he is also chairman of the Delft Energy Initiative. He has authored and co-authored over 100 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, several books and 250 research reports, conference contributions and other scientific publications. He was and is a lead author for the Third, Fourth and Sixth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the organisation that was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

    Evert Nieuwlaar is retired Assistant Professor of Energy Analysis at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He has long experience in research and education in the field of energy, environmental and sustainability issues. He taught courses in thermodynamics, energy conversion technologies, energy analysis (introductory and advanced) and life-cycle assessment.

    "This book offers a broad overview of topics in energy analysis, and is very suitable for beginners in this field of science. It contains a large variety of exercises, making it a valuable resource for students to study the content and test their understanding in their own time and at their own pace."
    Wilfried Ivens, Associate Professor at Open Universiteit Nederland

    Praise for the second edition

    "Introduction to Energy Analysis provides a wonderful combination of technical detail and broad accessibility to the physical science and economics principles of energy systems design, operation, and impacts. With the exciting evolution of the energy field this is the sort of roadmap to the principles underlying the field that so many experts and non-experts will need."
    Daniel Kammen, Professor of Energy, University of California, Berkeley, USA

    "Given the rapid developments in the energy sector, Introduction to Energy Analysis by Blok and Nieuwlaar is most welcome. The book is suitable for students, engineers and researchers and is hugely useful in my class on Energy System Analysis at ETH Zurich."
    Göran Andersson, Full Professor of the Power Systems Group at ETH Zurich, Switzerland

    "[In this updated edition] Blok and Nieuwlaar provide an excellent, clear and concise overview and introduction to the key aspects of energy analysis. It is the ultimate and unparalleled textbook for engineering students and others who look for a broad understanding of energy systems, their development, and the methods and tools for their analysis."
    Lars J. Nilsson, Professor of Environmental and Energy Systems Studies, Lund University, Sweden