Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2011

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Robert C. Brown

Abstract

This thesis is composed of three articles that survey and assess the sustainability of various automotive and power generation technologies.

"Four economies of sustainable automotive transportation" is a journal article has been accepted by Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biorefining, while "Survey of power generation technologies" is a draft chapter for the upcoming book Handbook of Data Mining for Power Systems, and finally, "Four economies of sustainable power generation" is a draft journal article.

Vehicles fueled by compressed natural gas were found to offer the best overall performance considering operating cost, water usage, energy efficiency, and greenhouse gas emissions for the automotive scenarios analyzed in first paper. The second paper is a review of power generation technologies, from which no conclusions are drawn. Offshore wind power was found to have the best overall performance considering cost of electricity, water usage, energy conversion efficiency, and greenhouse gas emissions of the power generation technologies and metrics analyzed in the third paper.

Copyright Owner

Joshua Donald Gifford

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-30

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

105 pages

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