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Energy Systems Engineering: Evaluation and Implementation 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0071495936
ISBN-10: 0071495932
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Francis M. Vanek, Ph.D., is a Lecturer and Research Assistant in the Departments of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering and the Systems Engineering Program at Cornell University, where he specializes in the areas of energy efficiency, alternative energy, and energy for transportation. He is also a consultant with Taitem Engineering of Ithaca, NY.

Louis D. Albright, Ph.D., is Professor of Biological and Environmental Engineering and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell University. A Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), he is the author of Environmental Control for Animals and Plants.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 532 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (May 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071495932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071495936
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,267,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Andrew Hart on May 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
During my time as an undergrad at Cornell University, one of my favorite classes has been a renewable energy course taught by one of the authors, Lou Albright, with Energy Systems Engineering as the primary textbook. Apart from being clear, well-written, and well-organized, the book does a great job of blending background information, justification for technologies, discussion of practical issues, and quantitative analysis of systems in a manageable and engaging way. Working through it was very empowering and it played a big role in getting me excited about energy. It's also very accessible as a reference for specific projects. I would highly recommend it to other students interested in learning how to work with and analyze energy systems.
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I teach a 2nd year course in civil engineering at the University of Waterloo entitled Engineering and Sustainable Development. One module involves sustainable energy systems. I use this book as the reference for this section of the course. The presentation of stationary energy sources and the workings of fossil fuel plants is at precisely the correct level of explanation for undergraduate students with sufficient references provided to allow grad students (or keen undergraduates) to find out more information.

What I find best about the text is the presentation of the material from a systems analysis perspective. Understanding the goals of design is as, if not more important than how to do the design.

The text really is superb with regard to the modern sustainability concept of "triple bottom line." Each section delivers not only the technology but also a means to financially or economically evaluate the costs and benefits of such a technology.

Overall, this is a brilliant book on energy which has vast applications in university teaching.
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This book does an excellent job of bridging the gap between dry engineering texts and touchy-feely guides for novices.

The authors treat each topic area with a crisply written and comprehensive walk through that includes history, current state of development, key concepts and important areas of controversy and ongoing development.

These are followed up with well-designed exercises that teach the reader the formulas and equations required to design and evaluate these systems.

As a layman with a good general knowledge of energy systems and their inherent strengths and challenges, I found this book to a nice step up from the treatments I'm used to. The orderly, analytical approach of the trained engineer is compelling, and having the option of proceeding right into the related math a great way to shift my theoretical understanding toward a real working knowledge.

The topic areas covered in this book are critically important for us all to understand, as our race is forced to start implementing some kind of "Plan B" in the era of Peak Oil and Climate Change. This book helps us move from mystique to measurement--a prerequisite if we are to have a hope of getting it right.
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We have been using Vanek and Albright's text at Virginia Tech for several semesters for a junior/senior level course entitled 'Sustainable Energy Solutions for a Global Society.' Overall, we find the book to be carefully written, providing good breadth as well as depth on some of the major conventional and sustainable energy systems. The students enrolling in our course come from a variety of engineering disciplines and have a range of backgrounds, but the text seems suited to the mix. The examples are helpful for students, and the excercises at the ends of the chapters provide a range of problems for homework assignments, ranging from conceptual to analytical to numerical. Teaching materials available electronically from the publisher include solution spreadsheets and PowerPoint slides of many (but not all) of the figures and tables in the text, facilitating lecture preparation. There are a number of texts available now in the sustainable energy field, but overall, this text provides a good balance of topics relevant to the course we teach.
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