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Net Energy Analysis and the Energy Requirements of Energy Systems

by Daniel T. Spreng

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August 1988

Praeger

Pages 301
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
Topics Economics/General

With rising energy costs and the threat of diminishing resources affecting all international economies, the computation of energy required to extract and refine a resource--net energy analysis--has become an important component of energy analysis. This volume fills a major gap in the energy development literature by providing a full-length scholarly treatment of the subject. Written for energy researchers and managers in industries and utilities, Net Energy Analysis thoroughly explains the theoretical principles underlyiing net energy analysis, offers examples of how these principles are applied, and provides an impartial critique of current methods.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Alvin M. WeinbergPart I: Energy SystemsIntroductionMan's Use of EnergyLocations and Concentrations of EnergyEnergy--When and at What Rate?The Energy ServicesPart II: Valuations of EnergyNational and International Energy StatisticsThe Physicist's ApproachValuation of Energy in EngineeringThe Role of Energy in EconomicsThe View of the ConservationistPart III: Methods of Cumulative Energy AccountingA Short History of Energy AccountingUseful Questions in Energy AccountingProblems in Applying Net-Energy AnalysisProcess Analysis and the Input-Output MethodSchools of Net-Energy AnalysisIndexes of Systems' Performance and Sankey DiagramsPart IV: Energy Accounting of Energy CarriersElectricity-Producing SystemsFuel-Producing SystemsPart V: Energy Accounting of Energy ServicesDirect and Indirect Energy Requirements of Transport SystemsProcess Heat and Mechanical DriveWarm Water and Space HeatPart VI: Concluding RemarksPurpose and MethodAnswers and Partial Answers to Some Policy Questions

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There were good things about the energy crisis of 1973--a sense of shared purpose, that any action that saved energy also benefited the environment, and that anything that saved energy really did. In time, we found that many of our strategies were not cost-effective and that others did not in fact lead to a reduction in total energy consumption. The energy investment exceeded the yield. Happily awash (again) in cheap oil, we forget the admonition reformulated by Spreng: `Every unintelligent, unorganized economic activity of large volume and high speed irreversibly deprives us of natural, cultural, and economic endowments that we cannot afford to lose in the long run.' Spreng brings an excellent background to his examination of the ways in which strategies for energy conservation are evaluated. Despite a scholarly chapter on thermodynamics, this is an economics monograph. It looks at several models for evaluation of energy conservation strategies and compares their results. The book is authoritative and reads well--even in an economy airliner seat. At one time, it provides an introduction to the field and a summation for those familiar with the literature.—Choice

With rising energy costs and the threat of diminishing resources affecting all international economies, the computation of energy required to extract and refine a resource--net-energy analysis--has become an important component of energy analysis. Written for energy researchers and managers, this volume provides a full-length scholarly treatment of net-energy analysis, thoroughly explaining the theoretical principles underlying net-energy analysis, offering examples of how these principles are applied, and providing an impartial critique of current methods. Topic headings include: Energy Systems, Valuations of Energy, Methods of Cumulative Energy Accounting, Energy Accounting of Energy Carriers, and Energy Accounting of Energy Services.—Energy Books Quarterly

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