1st Edition

The Dynamics of Energy
Supply, Conversion, and Utilization

ISBN 9781138112735
Published June 14, 2017 by CRC Press
320 Pages 332 B/W Illustrations

USD $89.95

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Book Description

As mankind searches for energy alternatives with minimal environmental consequences and acceptable cost, it is necessary to identify valid areas of endeavor that can activate favorable energy sources and technological developments. Toward that end, The Dynamics of Energy: Supply, Conversion, and Utilization develops competence in energy matters on three levels: basic concepts, essential computations, and dynamic modeling.

The book reviews the laws of thermodynamics and rate relationships between flows and gradients as a foundation for subsequent topics. Using dynamic analysis, it examines the potential of current energy sources to serve the needs of a growing world economy. The text also describes key fossil conversion, renewable conversion, and utilization technologies. It presents a technique to assess efficiencies from ground (or harvest) to end use, explores the effects of energy use on the environment, and offers an introduction to dynamic modeling. The book concludes with a description of energy technologies that, if suitably employed, could configure a sustainable energy future.

Studying the dynamics of thermal systems is conducive to ascertaining what technologies could indeed make a difference for a desirable energy future. Suitable response time to demand and acceptable fuel lifetimes are necessary conditions for energy systems to compete in the marketplace. The planning effort that should lead the energy endeavor requires projection of the time span of pollution effects. Harnessing the flexibility and speed of VisSim™ for dynamic modeling, this book provides the tools to model most thermal systems with moderate complexity. It also evaluates energy supplies, conversion, and end use.

Table of Contents

The Laws


Energy in Motion

The Second Law

The First Law

If Energy Is Conserved, Why Worry about Energy Supplies?

Temperature: Can It Get Any Colder?

Entropy: Does It Really Exist?

Entropy Grows Like Weeds

Irreversibility and Entropy

Conversions—Cyclical and Direct


The Equations for Transient Phenomena

State, Properties, and Process


Reynold’s Transport Theorem

Conservation of Mass

Conservation of Momentum

Conservation of Energy

Entropy Generation

No "Lost and Found" for Lost Work

Exergy, or Work Not Yet Lost

Reversible Work and Real Work

Direct Conversion Processes: Is an Efficiency Close to One Possible?

Other Useful Empirical Dissipation Laws


Predicting Peaks: A Difficult Art

Disclaimer and Method

Resource Lifetime and the Laws of Thermodynamics

Example of Resource Lifetime Estimation

Projecting into the Past

Units: A Practical Choice

A Recapitulation

The Fuels


The Center of It All

An Overview: All Together Now

Fossil Fuels and Their Technology

Natural Gas




Renewable Technology




Solar Thermal


Area: Not a Superficial Topic


Après Conversion: Utilization Technology






Chain Efficiencies: From Capture to Utilization

On This Chapter

Steady-State Efficiencies

Extraction Energy Costs

Energy Conversion/Distribution Efficiencies

Storage Efficiency

Energy Analysis


Energy and Its Sequels

Constant Travel with a Brief Stop on Earth


All Together Now



Dynamic Modeling

Variables and Elements

General Forms of Commonly Used Laws

Programming in VisSim

The Future: A Moving Green Target

The Future and Criteria

Coal: Many Possible Futures

CO2 Capture and Its Possibilities

Oil and Gas

Moving Fuels around

Nuclear Energy


Energy Savings through Enhanced Efficiency

A Convergence to Renewables?


References appear at the end of each chapter.

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Horacio Perez-Blanco is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. A fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Dr. Perez-Blanco teaches short courses on gas turbines for the International Gas Turbines Institute and has developed an energy systems laboratory for his department. His research interests include thermal systems, simultaneous heat and mass transfer, and gas turbine inlet cooling.

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