This book serves as a guide for discovering pathways to more efficient energy use. The first part of the book illustrates basic laws of energy conversion and principles of thermodynamics. Laws of energy conservation and direction of energy conversion are formulated in detail, and the types of thermodynamic processes are explained. Also included is the characterization of various types of real energy conversion. The second part of the book discusses types of energy conversion referred to as thermal-energy technologies. The advantages of the co-generation processes and devices operating within the Brayton direct cycle and their adaptively to household energetics are underlined.
Table of Contents
Theoretical foundations of thermotechnics and power engineering. Conversion of thermal energy into mechanical work (thermal engines). Thermoelectric and co-generation technologies. Energy conversion (regeneration and recuperation). Heat transfer and accumulation. Energy and interior environment. Concluding remarks. Applications. Information Resources.
Alexander Dimitrov is a professional lecturer with 35 years of experience at four different universities. In addition to universities in Bulgaria, Dr. Dimitrov has lectured and studied at leading scientific laboratories and institutes in other countries, including the Institute of Mass and Heat exchange ”Likijov”, Byelorussian Academy of Sciences, Minsk; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Environmental Energy Technology Division, Indoor Environment Department; UNLV –ollege of Engineering, Center for Energy Research; Stanford University, California, Mechanical Department. Professor Dimitrov has conducted systematic research in energy efficiency, computer simulations of energy consumption in buildings, the distribution of air flow in an occupied space, modeling of heat transfer in building envelope, and leaks in the ducts of HVAC systems.
Professor Dimitrov has defended two scientific degrees: Doctor of Philosophy (in 1980 - Ph.D.) and Doctor of Science (in 2012 - D.Sc.). With significant audit experience in the energy systems of buildings and their subsystems, he has developed an original method for evaluating the performance of the building envelope and energy labeling of buildings. He also has experience in the assessment of energy transfer through building envelope and ducts of HVAC systems. Professor Dimitrov's methodology has been applied in several projects with great success. He has developed a mathematical model for assessment of the environmental sustainability of buildings, named BG_LEED. He earned his Professor Degree in “Engineering Installations in the Buildings” with the dissertation “The building energy systems in the conditions of environmental sustainability” at European Polytechnical University in 2012. Subsequently, he has authored more than 100 scientific articles and 9 books, including 4 in English.