Plenary Lecture, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT (EE'09), Cambridge, UK, February 21-23, 2009

Plenary Lecture

Assessment and Modeling of Embodied Energy in Electric Transportation Systems, a Battlefield of Environmental Education

Professor Cornelia Aida Bulucea
Electrical Machines and Environmental Engineering Department
Faculty of Electromechanical and Environmental Engineering
University of Craiova

Abstract: Traditionally considered, the basic concepts of energy, exergy and embodied energy are founded in the field of physics, having however environmental, technical and economical significance as well, and could be explained, interpreted and applied in a more universal manner, due to their multidisciplinary traits. It means that in Science unclarified, unindexed and unassimilated worlds are unifying and harmonizing, without contradictory frontiers between microscopic and macroscopic phenomena. If we really want to avoid the concept of „on the edge of chaos” then a set of conditions for performance of sustainable technical systems must be formulated. Hence, this study aims to demonstrate, in terms of sustainability, the usefulness of the embodied energy and exergy concepts for analyzing systems which convert energy or matter, particularly, an electric transportation system in a dualist view, technical and environmental.
It is argued in the study the sustainability framework, which revealed tentative steps in „cradle to grave” embodied energy assessment of an electric train, from the manufacturing processes to the train operation regimes modeling. In particular, this study tries to provide a missing link in the analysis of electric transportation systems, a bond between Environment and Science that could be translated into the paradigm: only the win model of the self-organizing systems of Nature as solution for human technology applied will have survival value.
The understanding of the Universe Creation and Revival will be probably out of reach. We will never know actually when and how was exergy created and transformed into life-supporting light in our Sun. But whatever it was, we should take care of our gift-given home, the Earth. All humans who are considering that the Universe is, in a tragic way, transient and imperfect should think to the fragile and running moments of our happiness and try to accept the right of survival for the living Nature. Looking forward, the environmental education should lead to decisive changes in our lifestyle, if we really want the human society to be a true part of the living Nature. Otherwise, if Science will be not directed towards the right purposes of the humanity, sooner or later everything will be passed, and forgotten, and erased.

Brief biography of the speaker:
Cornelia Aida Bulucea is currently an Associate Professor in Electrotechnics, Electrical Machines and Environment Electrical Equipments in the Faculty of Electromechanical and Environmental Engineering, University of Craiova, Romania. She is graduate from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering Craiova and she received the Ph.D degree from Bucharest Polytechnic Institute. In Publishing House she is author of four books in electrical engineering area. Research work is focused on improved solutions for electrical networks on basis of new electric equipments and environmental impact of energy and electric transportation systems. She has extensive experience in both experimental and theoretical research work, certified by over 50 journal and conference research papers and 13 research projects from industry. She has held in the Association for Environment Protection OLTENIA and she is a regular invited keynote lecture for environmental engineering symposia organized by Chamber of Commerce and Industry OLTENIA. Due to WSEAS recognition as huge scientific Forum she participated in five WSEAS International Conferences, presenting papers and chairing sessions. She was Plenary Lecturer in the WSEAS International Conference on POWER SYSTEMS, held by the University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain, September 23-25, 2008. She is very proud of her 10 papers published in the WSEAS Conferences Books and 3 papers published in WSEAS TRANSACTIONS ON ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT, and in WSEAS TRANSACTIONS ON ADVANCES IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION.


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