Plenary Lecture, WATER RESOURCES, HYDRAULICS & HYDROLOGY (WHH'09), Cambridge, UK, February 21-23, 2009

Plenary Lecture 1

Exergy as a Tool for Sustainability

Professor Marc A. Rosen
Founding Dean
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
also: President-Elect, Engineering Institute of Canada

Abstract: We conventionally use energy-based efficiency measures to assess how well energy systems perform. Energy-based measures of merit, however, do not really indicate how nearly performance efficiency approaches the ideal. In fact, energy measures can lead to confusion and, in some instances, to wrong decisions and wasteful allocations of resources. Exergy analysis, which is based on the second law of thermodynamics, avoids the difficulties associated with energy methods, and allows efficiencies to be clearly understood and measures to improve efficiency to be properly assessed. In addition, exergy provides insights into environmental impact and ecology, as well as economics. When all facets of exergy methods are viewed together, exergy is seen to provide an extremely useful tool for understanding, assessing and achieving sustainability, within energy and other systems. In this presentation, the exergy concept and its application as an analysis and improvement tool, and its impact on efforts to achieve sustainability, are described. Various examples are used to illustrate the benefits of exergy.

Brief biography of the speaker:
Dr. Marc A. Rosen, P.Eng. is Professor and founding Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa, Canada. He is also President-elect of the Engineering Institute of Canada and has served as President of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering.
With over 50 research grants and contracts and 400 technical publications, Dr. Rosen is an active teacher and researcher in thermodynamics, energy technology (including cogeneration, district energy, thermal storage and renewable energy), and the environmental impact of energy and industrial systems. Much of his research has been carried out for industry, and Dr. Rosen has also worked for such organizations as Imatra Power Company in Finland, Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, and the Institute for Hydrogen Systems near Toronto. Dr. Rosen has received numerous awards and honours, and is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the International Energy Foundation.

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