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Green Energy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780323859530

Green Energy

1st Edition

A Sustainable Future

Authors: M. A. Parvez Mahmud Shahjadi Farjana Candace Lang Nazmul Huda
Paperback ISBN: 9780323859530
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 2022
Page Count: 410
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Green Energy: A Sustainable Future looks at life cycle assessment theory, practice, and methodologies applied in renewable energy power plants. The state-of-the-art life cycle assessment methodologies applied in power generation units are discussed following LCA analysis and key findings from energy production processes.

Providing fundamental knowledge of how to measure sustainability metrics using life cycle assessment in renewable power plants, this title outlines state-of-the-art research about LCA methodologies related to low-carbon energy systems, their outcome, and how to relate the sustainable power concept with a circular economy.

With theoretical concepts of LCA applied in low-carbon power generation systems, outlining environmental impacts based on comprehensive examples and case studies in solar PV, solar thermal, hydropower plants and micro-grids, this book is of great interest to engineers, policy makers, researchers and academics in the area of electric power engineering.

Key Features

  • Consists of extensive and comprehensive life-cycle assessment examples and case studies for various renewable energy plants
  • Enables power engineers to evaluate the sustainability index through environmental impact assessment in renewable power plants and micro-grids
  • Includes assessment results showing future pathways for sustainability enhancement


Masters and Graduate students and researchers in advanced renewable and non-renewable systems with backgrounds in electrical, renewable, mechanical and industrial engineering. Sustainability consultants, governments and energy investors, renewable energy producing experts, engineers and technologists

Table of Contents

1.1 Introduction to Life Cycle Assessment
1.2 Challenges and Objectives
1.3 Main Contributions
1.4 Fundamentals of Life Cycle Assessment
1.5 Applications of Life Cycle Assessment of Energy Systems

2.1 Introduction
2.2 Review Selection Criteria and Method
2.3 Life Cycle Assessment of Renewable Power Plants
2.4 LCA of Renewable Energy Systems
2.5 Geographic location-wise LCA of Renewable Energy Systems
2.6 Summary and Outlook
2.7 Conclusion and Future Recommendation

3.1 Introduction
3.3 Results and Discussion
3.4 Limitations of this Study
3.5 Conclusions

4.1 Introduction
4.2 Materials and Method
4.3. Results and Discussion
4.4. Conclusion

5.1 Introduction
5.2 Hydropower Plants of Alpine and Non-alpine Areas in Europe
5.3 Methodology
5.4 Results
5.5 Discussion
5.6 Limitations and Future Improvements
5.7 Conclusion

6.1 Introduction
6.2 U.S. Electricity Generation and Consumption Overview
6.3 Methodology
6.4 Results and Interpretation
6.5 Uncertainty Analysis
6.6 Sensitivity Analysis
6.7 Discussion
6.8 Conclusion

7.1 Introduction
7.2 Renewable Energy Matrix in Switzerland
7.3 Methodology
7.4 Results
7.5 Discussion
7.6 Uncertainty Analysis
7.7 Limitations
7.8 Conclusion

8.1 Introduction
8.2 Microgrid System Overview
8.3 Methods
8.4 Results and discussion
8.5 Sensitivity Analysis
8.6 Conclusion

9.1 Book Summary and Concluding Remarks
9.1.1 Summary
9.1.2 Conclusions
9.2 Future Research Directions


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About the Authors

M. A. Parvez Mahmud

Dr. M A Parvez Mahmud is a postdoctoral research associate at the School of Engineering, Macquarie University. He received his PhD in Engineering from Macquarie University. He obtained a Master of Engineering (M.E.) degree in Nano-Mechatronics from University of Science and Technology (UST), South Korea and a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET), Bangladesh. He worked at World University of Bangladesh (WUB) as a ‘Lecturer’ for more than 2 years and at the Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) as a ‘Researcher’ for about 3 years. His research interest includes low-carbon energy productions, towards the development of sustainable energy systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Engineering, Macquarie University, Sydney

Shahjadi Farjana

Shahjadi Hisan Farjana completed her PhD in 2019 in life cycle assessment and techno-economic analysis of mining industries, in respect of the solar industrial process heating system integration potential. Her research interests include sustainable mining, life cycle assessment, sustainability, circular economy, renewable energy integration into industries, metal production from waste. Farjana has published 22 peer-reviewed journal articles, 10 peer-reviewed conference proceedings, and 1 book chapter with Springer-Nature. She is a reviewer of the Journal of Cleaner Production, Science of the Total Environment, and Wiley Energy Technologies journal.

Affiliations and Expertise

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Melbourne, Australia

Candace Lang

Candace Lang is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Her research focus is the development of novel materials for novel engineering applications. Current interests include nanoparticle catalysts for hydrogen fuel cell. Candace completed a Bachelor's degree in Science (Physics and Mathematics) and then transferred to Engineering for postgraduate research leading to a Ph.D. at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She has been active in the development of metallic materials for applications as diverse as jewellery, fuel cell catalysts, and medical electrodes. Her previous position was Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at UCT.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Mechanical Engineering at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Nazmul Huda

Dr Nazmul Huda is a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Dr Huda has extensive research background both from industry and academia. His research interests include sustainable energy systems for novel engineering applications, impact analysis of primary and secondary (urban) mining, high-temperature processing, computational fluid dynamic (CFD) modelling of high-temperature systems, energy materials, solar thermal processing, extractive metallurgy of light metals, and renewable energy. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and then continued his postgraduate research leading to a Ph.D. at the Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

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