New and Renewable Technologies for Sustainable Development

Editors: Hamdia Afgan, Naim, de Carvalho, Maria Cristina Ramos (Eds.)

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Sustainable development encompasses economic, social, and ecological perspectives of conservation and change in natural resources. It is generally defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This definition is based on the ethical imperative of equity within and between generations. Moreover, apart from meeting; "the basic needs of all"; sustainable development implies sustaining the natural life­ support systems on Earth, and extending to all the opportunity to satisfy their aspirations for a better life. Hence, sustainable development is more precisely defined as a process of change in which the exploitation of resources, the direction of investments, the orientation of technological development, and institutional change are all in harmony and enhance both current and future potential to meet human needs and aspiration. To date, various definitions and stationary-state criteria of sustainability have been proposed. Many authors have been concerned with only part of the problem, such as the technological assumptions, the ability to substitute natural resources in economic transformation processes, and the resilience and importance of ecological processes. But, the social dimension did not receive the same attention, and has not been adequately integrated into formal analysis. The engineering community has to play an important role in sustainable development with appropriate evaluation of the engineering systems. In this respect energy, water and environment systems require multi-criteria evaluation methods for the assessment of the economic, environmental and social aspect of the systems.

Table of contents (49 chapters)

  • Advantage of the Renewable Energies at Madeira Island: Electrical Power Production

    Fernandes, Mário J. (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • Sustainability Assessment of Renewable Energy Systems

    Afgan, Naim H. (et al.)

    Pages 11-33

  • Design and Optimization of Forced Convection Heat Sinks for Sustainable Development

    Bar-Cohen, Avram (et al.)

    Pages 35-57

  • Bioenergetics—Conversion of Biochemical to Mechanical Energy in the Cardiac Muscle

    Sideman, Samuel (et al.)

    Pages 59-72

  • Comparison Between Simea and Seneca Methods for Social Impact Analysis of Energy Systems

    Orecchini, F. (et al.)

    Pages 73-84

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
New and Renewable Technologies for Sustainable Development
Editors
  • Naim Hamdia Afgan
  • Maria Cristina Ramos de Carvalho
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4615-0296-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4615-0296-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-7341-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4613-5009-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 710
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