Thermo-ecology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128131428


1st Edition

Exergy as a Measure of Sustainability

Authors: Wojciech Stanek Pawel Gladysz Lucyna Czarnowska Tomasz Simla
Paperback ISBN: 9780128131428
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st June 2019
Page Count: 200
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Thermo-ecology: Exergy as a Measure of Sustainability integrates thermo-ecology and exergy replacement cost as a new and original tool called thermo-ecology cost, or TEC. This tool allows for a more inclusive measurement of the impacts of using renewable and non-renewable resources by including the thermodynamics law in decision-making and presenting applications of this tool across industries and lifecycle assessments. It includes ways to investigate these effects more effectively by combining these critical aspects. This combination has emerged as a valuable decision-support tool for policymakers and the industry as they seek to evaluate the impacts of a product or process.

Key Features

  • Walks through what Thermo-Ecology Cost (TEC) is and why it gives a more holistic assessment when calculating the costs vs benefits of utilizing a natural resource
  • Provides a new and more efficient way to measure and evaluate the sustainability of resources
  • Includes: TEC calculation examples to explain the TEC theory as well as to help readers prepare their own analyses devoted to exergo-ecological applications across industries including energy production and waste management
  • Demonstrates the potential of TEC usage for applications like ecological taxes proportional on TEC


Upper-level undergraduate students and graduate students, researchers, scientists and engineers studying or working in sustainable energy, sustainable development, environmental science, ecology, environmental management, industrial ecology, ecological economics, systems ecology

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Energy, Resources, Ecology and Measures of Sustainability
3. Fundamentals of Exergy Analysis
4. Life cycle of the product
5. Thermo-Ecological Cost (TEC) based on Exergy Analysis
6. Applications of TEC
7. Pro-ecological tax
8. Summary


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About the Author

Wojciech Stanek

Prof. Wojciech Stanek, PhD., DSc is an associate professor at the Institute of Thermal Technology, Faculty of Energy and Environmental Engineering, Silesian University of Technology. He gained his professional experience at the same University where he successively developed his scientific career as a research assistant, assistant professor and associate professor. Currently, he is the head of the Division of Thermodynamics, Energy Management and Refrigeration at the Institute of Thermal Technology. He is one of the world's leading experts in the field of exergy. His main areas of interests are energy systems as well as energy and resources conversion technologies. He has worked on mathematical modelling of energy conversion and management in industrial processes, cumulated energy and exergy consumption, thermo-ecological cost method, thermo-economic issues of environmental protection, life cycle analysis and control systems for power and cogeneration plants using advanced measurement data validation. He has published more than 130 papers in national and international journals and conference proceedings. He has served as a subject editor in Energy – The International Journal since 2010. And he has een a member of the Commission of Energetics of Polish Academy of Sciences since 1999.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Thermal Technology, Silesian University of Technology, Poland

Pawel Gladysz

Dr Gladysz M.Sc. studies in 2010 from the Silesian University of Technology in Power Engineering. His Ph.D. thesis was devoted to the system approach to energy, exergy and environmental analysis of an integrated oxy-fuel combustion power plant with CO2 capture and storage. Currently he is involved in the two Research Projects “Mild Oxy Combustion for Climate and Air” and “Theoretical and computational investigations of new concepts of power plant with Stirling engine fed with cryogenic exergy”. He is the author or co-author of several peer review publications in international journals and conference proceedings. Moreover, he is giving classes at the Silesian University of Technology (Faculty of Energy and Environmental Engineering) focusing around process modelling of energy system, environmental and economic analysis and energy management.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Thermal Technology, Silesian University of Technology, Poland

Lucyna Czarnowska

Dr Czarnowska has been an assistant professor at Silesian University of Technology (SUT) since 2014. She has an extensive experience in thermo-ecological cost, cumulative energy and exergy, dispersion of pollutants in the air and external environmental cost. She completed her Ph.D. (2014) in the Energetics in the field of Thermal energy and environmental impact assessment fulfilling the conditions of label of European Doctorate. The work was prepared at both Institute of Thermal Technology at SUT and National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), as the part of the INSPIRE project. Inspire project mainly concerns optimization of Systems, energy management, and environmental impact In process engineering, which was a Marie Curie Research Training Network supported by the European Community's Sixth Framework Programme. Currently, she is involved in the project titled: “Economically efficient and socially accepted CCS/EOR processes”, which is funded from Norway Grants in the Polish-Norwegian Research Programme operated by the National Centre for Research and Development. In this project, she focuses on CO2 emission from Refinery and Cement industry. Additionally, she is involved in the national project titled ”Development of the expert system for assessing environmental, economic and social effectiveness of Polish coal mines” as well as teaching in Poland focusing on lessons from Environmental impact and thermos-economic evaluation in energy sector

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Thermal Technology, Silesian University of Technology, Poland

Tomasz Simla

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Thermal Technology, Silesian University of Technology, Konarskiego 22, 44-100 Gliwice, Poland

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