Low Carbon Energy Technologies for Sustainable Energy Systems examines, investigates, and integrates current research aimed at operationalizing low carbon technologies within complex transitioning energy economies. Scholarly research has traditionally focused on the technical aspects of exploitation, R&D, operation, infrastructure, and decommissioning, while approaches which can realistically inform their reception and scale-up across real societies and real markets are piecemeal and isolated in separate literatures. Addressing both the technical foundations of each technology together with the sociotechnical ways in which they are spread in markets and societies, this work integrates the technoeconomic assessment of low carbon technologies with direct discussion on legislative and regulatory policies in energy markets. Chapters address issues, such as social acceptance, consumer awareness, environmental valuation systems, and the circular economy, as low carbon technologies expand into energy systems sustainability, sensitivity, and stability. This collective research work is relevant to both researchers and practitioners working in sustainable energy systems. The combination of these features makes it a timely book that is useful and attractive to university students, researchers, academia, and public or private energy policy makers.
- Combines socio-cultural perspectives, environmental sustainability, and economic feasibility in the analysis of low carbon energy technologies
- Assesses regulatory governance impacting the environmental protection and the social cohesion of environmentally-directed energy markets
- Reviews the carbon trade exchange, attributing economic value to carbon and enabling its trading perspectives by people, companies or countries invested in low carbon technologies
Part 1 Introduction and fundamentals 1. The role of resource recovery technologies in reducing the demand of fossil fuels and conventional fossil-based mineral fertilizers 2. Increasing efficiency of mining enterprises power consumption 3. The contribution of energy crops to biomass production
Part 2 Examining low carbon energy technologies and their contribution as sustainable energy systems 4. Public attitudes toward the major renewable energy types in the last 5 years: A scoping review of the literature 5. Understanding willingness to pay for renewable energy among citizens of the European Union during the period 2010-20 6. Linking energy homeostasis, exergy management, and resiliency to develop sustainable grid-connected distributed generation systems for their integration into the distribution grid by electric utilities 7. Smart energy systems and the need to incorporate homeostatically controlled microgrids to the electric power distribution industry: an electric utilities' perspective 8. Grid-tied distributed generation with energy storage to advance renewables in the residential sector: tariffs analysis with energy sharing innovations 9. Integrating green energy into the grid: how to engineer energy homeostaticity, flexibility and resiliency in electric power distribution systems and why should electric utilities care 10. Multi energy systems of the future 11. Bibliometric analysis of scientific production on energy, sustainability, and climate change 12. Public acceptance of renewable energy sources 13. Sustainable site selection of offshore wind farms using GIS-based multi-criteria decision analysis and analytical hierarchy process. Case study: Island of Crete (Greece) 14. Accounting and Sustainability
Part 3 Conclusions and future research 15. Should low carbon energy technologies be envisaged in the context of sustainable energy systems?