Sustainable Power Generation - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128170120

Sustainable Power Generation

1st Edition

Current Status, Future Challenges, and Perspectives

Authors: Nikolay Belyakov
Paperback ISBN: 9780128170120
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st September 2019
Page Count: 710
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Sustainable Electricity Management addresses the emerging problem of the transition into sustainable electricity generation by combining the perspectives of engineering and economics. The first part opens the discussion of general sustainable energy topics. Starting with a discussion on sustainability, it further leads towards the question of evaluation of natural resources and electricity as a sustainable and convenient form of energy. It finishes with the environmental effects of energy systems and boundaries of their sustainability. The second part challenges the historical development of the largest energy generating share – thermal power, considering that it would still play a dominant role in the transition towards sustainable future. This calls for flexible and clean combustion, backed by carbon capture and storage, which are explored here. The book’s third part is dedicated to nuclear energy, one of the most controversial energy sources. The discussion of the basics allows for deeper evaluation of resources followed by the technological challenges and sustainability evaluation. Part four discusses hydropower, a traditional and green source of energy. Being usually in the shade, the author examines how it can continue playing an increasing role on the way towards sustainable future. Finally, part five deep dives into emerging sustainable technologies that support the global power trends: renewable energy, electrification, distributed power, microgrids, and globalization. Wind, solar, biomass and other types of electricity generating technologies are discussed from the sustainability perspective. The book closes by outlining the future of sustainable electricity generation, exploring topics of energy justice, emerging competences and major transitions that need to be navigated.

The book’s multidisciplinary approach and analysis of the subject make it a unique reference for energy engineers and other technical professionals in the field, senior researchers in energy engineering, as well as chemical, civil, electrical and environmental engineering. Junior researcher and graduate students in the same areas benefit also from the book’s robust introduction to the subject. Additionally, it allows energy policy makers and planners to understand the underlying issues of sustainable energy systems.

Key Features

  • Provides a complete structured approach to electricity generation that combines technology, business, project management and sustainability
  • Includes analytics and discussion of sustainability metrics, underlying issues and challenges
  • Covers business side of energy that can be learned only in specific business cases, offering a mix of academic depth with practicality on energy options


Engineering researchers, practicing engineers, and other technical specialists working in Energy sector. Engineering and energy graduate students. Policy makers and those dealing with political aspects and legal issues. Environment specialists and NGOs. MBA students (especially specializing in general management, sustainability, innovation and energy). Sustainability and innovation managers

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction to Energy and Energy Systems
1. Concept of Energy
2. Evaluation of Energy Resources
3. Energy System and Basic Electricity Market

Part 2: Sustainable Energy and Power Generation
4. The system Boundaries of Sustainability
5. Sustainable Energy Development
6. Power System and the Environment

Part 3: Thermal Power as a Bridging Technology Towards Sustainability
7. Concept of a Thermal Power Plant
8. Efficient and Clean Combustion of Fossil Fuels within Boiler Island
9. Power Island and Balance of Plant
10. Fossil Energy Economics and Project Lifecycle

Part 4: Past, Present and Future of Sustainable Nuclear Power
11. Nuclear Energy
12. Modern Nuclear Power Plant
13. Development of Sustainable Nuclear Power Plant Project

Part 5: Sustainable Hydropower
14. Traditional Hydropower Plant Technology
15. Hydropower Project Lifecycle

Part 6: Emerging Sustainable Energy Systems
16. Wind Energy
17. Solar Energy
18. Bioenergy
19. Energy from Municipal Solid Waste
20. Geothermal Energy
21. Ocean Energy Conversion

Part 7: Future of Sustainable Power Generation
22. Can We Build Sustainable Power Generation System?
23. Sustainable Electricity Management Beyond Generation
24. Transition towards Sustainable Power Generation System of the Future


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About the Author

Nikolay Belyakov

Dr. Nikolay Belyakov (b. 1984) is starting his role as a corporate strategy manager in ABB - a global leader in electrical equipment, digitalization and robotics. Before hi was employed as a segment manager for thermal and renewable power within Hilti Corporation (construction solution and service provider) being responsible for developing company’s strategy and driving global business. Previously he was working in GE in various roles including sales, project management, customer business evaluation, engineering and marketing. He obtained his engineering degree from Bauman Moscow State Technical University (Russia) followed by a PhD in engineering from Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (Russia) and MBA from the University of St.Gallen (Switzerland). His main research interests include business modeling, mechanical engineering and thermal processes, industry automation, competence buildup and sustainable development.

Affiliations and Expertise

Corporate strategy manager, ABB, Switzerland

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