1st Edition - July 11, 2016
  • Author: Olivier Le Corre
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081011942
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781785480973

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Emergy presents the fundamentals of emergy, proposing the definition and representation of emergy diagrams and 'spreading.' Embodied energy is the energy consumed by all of the processes associated with the production of a building, from the mining and processing of natural resources to manufacturing, transport and product delivery. The authors evaluate a range of sources and the methodologies surrounding emergy analysis. Filled with real-world applied examples including wood energy, wind resources, ore and recycling, this book shows you how to adopt an approach similar to the Lagrangian approach to fluid mechanics, and establish that the intuitive notion of temporal independence of the emergy specific to materials requires nuances.

Key Features

  • Presents the fundamentals of emergy, its original definition, and methodology
  • Evaluates a range of different sources such as wood energy, wind, recycling, and ore
  • Provides real-world application examples in connection with the climate energy plan of H2020 by the European Union
  • Introduces enhanced emergy concepts


Upper-level undergraduate students and graduate students, researchers, scientists and engineers studying or working in mechanical, chemical, energy, environmental, process, and industrial engineering.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    1) Fundamentals of Emergy
    2) Emergy and Conversion of Renewable Energy
    3) Emergy and Recycling
    4) Advanced Notions on Emergy

Product details

  • No. of pages: 178
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © ISTE Press - Elsevier 2016
  • Published: July 11, 2016
  • Imprint: ISTE Press - Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081011942
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781785480973

About the Author

Olivier Le Corre

Olivier Le Corre received his degree in Engineering, specializing in Thermal-Energy (1992), from the Polytechnic University of Nantes. He received his PhD in Energy, from Mines School of Paris, in 1995. He undertook his habilitation research at the Graduate School of Mechanical, Thermal, Civil Engineering, University of Nantes (2003). He is currently assigned to the Ecole des Mines de Nantes, and member of the Joint Research Unit GEPEA No. 6144.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Institut Mines-Télécom Paris, France