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Potential for Industrial Energy-Efficiency Improvement in the Long Term

  • Jeroen de Beer

Part of the Eco-Efficiency in Industry and Science book series (ECOE, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Jeroen de Beer
    Pages 1-12
  3. Jeroen de Beer
    Pages 225-229
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 231-254

About this book

Introduction

This book does not give a prediction of what the efficiency will be of the energy use of industrial processes in the future. However, it does give an exploration of limits to the efficiency of current processes and an indication of what might be achieved if new technologies can be developed. At the Department of Science, Technology and Society of Utrecht University research had been done to the opportunities for improvement of the energy efficiency in the short term since the 1980's. This had resulted in a comprehensive database on energy efficient measures. This database and a possible application are described in Chapter 3 of this book. The use of the database induced new research themes around efficiency improvement, e.g. concerning barriers for implementation of measures. It was around 1993 that I did a preliminary study to the potential for efficiency improvement in the long term. Historical analysis had shown us that the short term potential stayed constant over the years. It seemed to be replenished by the introduction of new technologies. This lead to the question whether there are limits to the efficiency, taking into account both thermodynamic considerations and ideas on the development and dissemination of new technologies.

Keywords

Greenhouse gas efficiency energy energy efficiency

Authors and affiliations

  • Jeroen de Beer
    • 1
  1. 1.ECOFYSUtrechtThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-2728-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5444-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-2728-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-6970
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