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Sustainable energy production is one of the key issues of modern society and requires new ideas to advance the technologies and strategies currently in use. The main fields, which are the focus of many research efforts, are: renewable energy sources, energy storage, energy transportation, energy efficiency, energy and sustainability. These topics and more were the focal point of the first International Conference on Energy and Sustainability, which took place in the New Forest in the UK.This Volume of the Transactions of Wessex Institute contains the edited proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Energy and Sustainability. The conference offered an opportunity for professionals from the energy sector and industrial sector as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations and other interested parties to be involved in discussions on key issues and challenges in energy and sustainability, and to exchange experiences and views on the current technologies and strategies applied in different parts of the world.
Section 1: Energy resources Transport demand management and energy consumption in urban areas; Management of electricity generation using the Taguchi approach; Micro cogeneration with a price-variable heat storage switch; Clean energy saving: applied research into Etna's water supply systems in Catania, Italy; The UK Energy Research Centre Meeting Place: a transferable model for international energy research collaboration and networking?; Relationship between electric demand and CDD and the forecast of daily peak electric load in Beijing; An optimization of effective energy management as a tool to facilitate managers Section 2: Energy efficiency Elastic heat exchanger in Stirling cycle machines; Advantages of foam flow usage for heat transfer process; Identifying and capturing energy savings in an integral motor-drive system; Synergy between exergy and regional planning; Efficiency improvement of the hot blast generating system by waste heat recovery; Applying the Path Analysis Method to determine the significance of input parameters on the output of Derbendikhan power station Section 3: Energy and life cycle analysis Life cycle impact assessment of the DRAM chip industry in Taiwan; Energy-using products as embodying heterogeneous requirements; Life-cycle energy analysis of wind turbines - an assessment of the effect of size on energy yield; The use of the life cycle assessment (LCA) conception for Mittal Steel Poland SA energy generation - Krakow plant case study Section 4: Energy and the environment High temperature stability of n-decanethiol by adsorption on nickel powders used as reforming catalysts in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC); Comparing renewable energies: estimating area requirement for biodiesel and photovoltaic solar energy; Comparison of energy performance between passenger cars and motorcycles in Taiwan by decomposition analysis; Barriers to energy crops in Poland - from the farmers' perspective; The energy industry and environmental challenges; Decoupling effects among energy use, economic growth and CO2 emission from the transportation sector; Existing power generation and network facilities improvement against seismic damage; Estonian oil shale power plants' ash handling problems Section 5: Energy and built environment Energy saving analysis of double roofs incorporating a radiant barrier system; Waste equals energy: decentralised anaerobic waste treatment and local reuse of return flows; Towards large-scale implementation of cogeneration for a more sustainable energy supply of households in The Netherlands; Building skin and energy efficiency in a hot climate with particular reference to Dubai, UAE; Embodied transport energy analysis of imported wood pellets Section 6: Renewable energy technologies Ground temperature gradients surrounding horizontal heat pump collectors in a maritime climate region; Motivating student interest in sustainable engineering and alternative energy research through problem based learning Section 7: Computer modelling Study on optimal operational planning of an advanced co-generation system on a hotel's energy demand; The role of numerical modelling in development of new refrigeration systems and equipment Section 8: Nuclear fuels Innovative oxide fuels doped with minor actinides for use in fast reactors; Some aspects of simplified modeling of tokamak plasmas in a computational electromagnetic environment Section 9: Hydrocarbon exploration and recovery A physical basis for Hubbert's decline from the midpoint empirical model of oil production; Correlation development for the viscosity reducing effect of solvent in an enhanced oil recovery (EOR) process Section 10: Energy markets and policy Using the Triptych model for future burden sharing - a case study for Flanders; A GIS-based decision support system for facilitating the investment on exploiting local wind energy sources; The European gas market: the effects of liberalization on retail prices; Power plants on the liberalized Croatian electricity market and environmental protection.