publication . Doctoral thesis . 2009

Industrial energy efficiency: Interdisciplinary perspectives on the thermodynamic, technical and economic constraints

McKenna, Russell;
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  • Published: 01 Mar 2009
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Overreliance on energy from fossil fuels is unsustainable because of their regional depletion and associated environmental impacts. The British industrial sector accounts for around one fifth of final energy demand and one third of carbon emissions nationally. This thesis attempts to quantify the potential for industrial energy efficiency from the current baseline, by adopting thermodynamic and economic perspectives. The methodology involves a top-down analysis of energy trends within the manufacturing sector to determine the baseline against which changes are measured, leading to bottom-up case studies which explicitly consider the detailed mechanisms affecting...
Subjects
free text keywords: manufacturing, industry, productivity, energy efficiency
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