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Thermoeconomic and Environmental Analyses of Energy Systems

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Thermoeconomic analysis combines exergy and economics, and can incorporate environmental information provided by a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). This approach can help design environmentally‐sound energy conversion processes, combining exergy, economics and/or LCA to determine thermodynamic efficiency and ...

Thermoeconomic analysis combines exergy and economics, and can incorporate environmental information provided by a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). This approach can help design environmentally‐sound energy conversion processes, combining exergy, economics and/or LCA to determine thermodynamic efficiency and unravel the formation of costs and environmental impacts throughout the components of energy systems. Monetary costs and environmental impacts can be therefore allocated to all energy and material flows, along with thermodynamic inefficiencies within each component. This combined assessment reveals the interdependencies among process components between thermodynamic behavior, economics, and environmental impacts.. This combined approach provides a deeper and more rational perspective for complex systems via an integrated analysis.

Thermoeconomics and LCA combine exergy, economic, and environmental analyses, to provide engineers with information about the formation of costs and environmental impacts, considering the thermodynamic aspect of energy conversion processes. Multiproduct energy systems are still in the spotlight of research, but the overarching aim of thermoeconomics and LCA has evolved to include different approaches, often with different objectives. These include optimal design/design improvement of systems, operational diagnoses, assessment of costs and environmental impacts of energy systems, and the evaluation of natural resources. Applications of existing scientific literature cover a broad variety of systems and plants. This issue aims at gathering original papers focusing on thermoeconomic-environmental analysis, to further expand the knowledge base and provide the reader with an overview of the current research conducted in this field and possible applications.

This Research Topic will address issues covering, but not limited to, the following subject matters:
• Thermoeconomic assessments (including those with an environmental perspective)
• Exergoenvironmental and exergoeconomic assessments
• Proposal of allocation methods for monetary costs and environmental impacts in energy systems
• Adaptation of environmental/ecology theories to energy conversion systems

We welcome papers with original and unpublished results of research, review papers, case studies, commentary, and opinions in all areas if focused on thermoeconomics.


Keywords: life cycle assessment, thermoeconomics, exergoeconomics, exergoenvironmental, exergy


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22 January 2021 Manuscript
31 March 2021 Manuscript Extension

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31 March 2021 Manuscript Extension

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