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Survey and sustainability of energy technologies
by Gifford, Josh, M.S., Iowa State University, 2011, 105; 1494774
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis is composed of three articles that survey and assess the sustainability of various automotive and power generation technologies.

"Four economies of sustainable automotive transportation" is a journal article has been accepted by Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biorefining , while "Survey of power generation technologies" is a draft chapter for the upcoming book Handbook of Data Mining for Power Systems, and finally, "Four economies of sustainable power generation" is a draft journal article.

Vehicles fueled by compressed natural gas were found to offer the best overall performance considering operating cost, water usage, energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas emissions for the automotive scenarios analyzed in first paper. The second paper is a review of power generation technologies, from which no conclusions are drawn. Offshore wind power was found to have the best overall performance considering cost of electricity, water usage, energy conversion efficiency, and greenhouse gas emissions of the power generation technologies and metrics analyzed in the third paper.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Brown, Robert C.
Commitee: Maxwell, Gregory, McCalley, James
School: Iowa State University
Department: Mechanical Engineering
School Location: United States -- Iowa
Source: MAI 49/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Alternative Energy, Mechanical engineering, Sustainability, Energy
Keywords: Energy economics, Energy efficiency, Greenhouse gas, Water usage, Well-to-wheels
Publication Number: 1494774
ISBN: 978-1-124-70185-1
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