Improving Energy Efficiency in Industrial Energy Systems

An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Barriers, Energy Audits, Energy Management, Policies, and Programs

Authors: Thollander, Patrik, Palm, Jenny

  • Reconsiders the traditional view of studying industrial energy efficiency in both a barrier perspective and a STS-perspective
  • Presents the theoretical baselines and implications for both research and policy of how industrial energy efficiency might be addressed
  • Combines engineering and social science approaches to enhance readers' understanding of industrial energy efficiency and broaden their perspective on policy making in the area
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Industrial energy efficiency is one of the most important means of reducing the threat of increased global warming. Research however states that despite the existence of numerous technical energy efficiency measures, its deployment is hindered by the existence of various barriers to energy efficiency. The complexity of increasing energy efficiency in manufacturing industry calls for an interdisciplinary approach to the issue.

 Improving energy efficiency in industrial energy systems applies an interdisciplinary perspective in examining energy efficiency in industrial energy systems, and discusses how “cross-pollinating” perspectives and theories from the social and engineering sciences can enhance our understanding of barriers, energy audits, energy management, policies, and programmes as they pertain to improved energy efficiency in industry.

 Apart from classical technical approaches from engineering sciences, Improving energy efficiency in industrial energy systems  couples a sociotechnical perspective to increased energy efficiency in industry, showing that industrial energy efficiency can be expected to be shaped by social and commercial processes and built on knowledge, routines, institutions, and methods established in networks. The book can be read by researchers and policy-makers, as well as scholars and practicians in the field.

 

 “This book is extremely valuable for anyone who is designing or executing energy efficiency policies, schemes or projects aiming at SMEs. Both authors deserve the highest respect, and the combination of their expertise makes the results truly unique.” - Daniel Lundqvist, programme manager at the Swedish energy agency

 

“For anyone interested in improving energy efficiency in industry, this is a must-read. The book combines tools from social science and engineering to discuss the state of art today as well as possible development path tomorrow. This is a compelling book that I find useful both in my teaching and my research.” - Kajsa Ellegård, Professor at Linköping University, Sweden

 

"The book Improving energy efficiency in industrial energy systems is a novel approach on how improved levels of energy efficiency can be reached in industrial energy systems by merging engineering with social sciences. It is with delight that I can recommend their book to anyone interested in the field.”- Mats Söderström, Director Energy Systems Programme, Linköping University, Sweden

 

About the authors

Dr Patrik Thollander is an assistant professor of energy systems in the Department of Management and Engineering at Linköping University. Patrik is conducting research related to energy efficiency in industrial energy systems. In addition to this, he is involved in courses in energy systems, modeling, auditing, and industrial energy systems. He is also active in the the national interdisciplinary research program, Program Energy Systems.

Jenny Palm is professor and deputy head of the unit Technology and Social Change at the department of Thematic studies at Linköping University. Her research is interdisciplinary and includes how to improve energy efficiency in industry by combining barriers theories with theories from the STS-field (Science Technology Society). She is also active in the national interdisciplinary research program, Program Energy Systems.

 

Jenny Palm is professor and deputy head of the unit Technology and Social Change at the department of Thematic studies at Linköping University. Her research is interdisciplinary and includes how to improve energy efficiency in industry by combining barriers theories with theories from the STS-field (Science Technology Society). She is also active in the national interdisciplinary research program, Program Energy Systems.

 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Setting the Agenda

    Thollander, Patrik (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

  • Improving Energy Efficiency in Industrial SMEs

    Thollander, Patrik (et al.)

    Pages 15-34

  • Barriers to Energy Efficiency: Theoretical Baseline, Previous Research, and Methodological Approaches

    Thollander, Patrik (et al.)

    Pages 35-59

  • Sociotechnical Perspectives on Technological Development

    Thollander, Patrik (et al.)

    Pages 61-71

  • Barriers to Energy Efficiency from a Sociotechnical Perspective

    Thollander, Patrik (et al.)

    Pages 73-83

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Hardcover $149.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Improving Energy Efficiency in Industrial Energy Systems
Book Subtitle
An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Barriers, Energy Audits, Energy Management, Policies, and Programs
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London
eBook ISBN
978-1-4471-4162-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4471-4162-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4471-4161-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4471-5995-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 156
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