About the book
Joule and Kelvin’s introduction of the concept of energy in the middle of the 19th century set the stage for the Second Industrial Revolution. The Revolution has been powered by fossil fuels, a form of stock energy that is rich in potential for entropy growth. The same richness in potential that makes it so useful, however, is cause for prodigious heat and CO_2 production, the unchecked accumulation of which, today, poses existential threat to mankind on Earth. Cognizant of this fact, the worldwide communities have come to embrace the imperative for a 21st century transition from stock energy to renewable energy. This book aims to provide a scientific foundation/understanding on the necessity and benefits of energy transition as well as a platform for scientists/engineers for disseminating their original research findings and their scholarship on literature review on energy/entropy/exergy.
A few preliminary words on energy and exergy: Exergy, also known as available energy (one form of which is Gibbs free energy), is a concept derived from energy and entropy. Thermodynamically speaking, usefulness of energy can only be understood in terms of its exergy content: energies of low exergetic content are of little value. One cannot talk about energy without the language of exergy.
The theme of the book is that one cannot talk about energy’s impact on our physical world without the language of both exergy and entropy, including the dual nature of the latter, and that understanding this dual nature is the key to sustainable order creation in the renewable energy era. The dual nature of entropy was demonstrated in a book (A Treatise of Heat and Energy, ISSN 0941-5122) in terms of the entropy principle as entropy growth selection principle and entropy growth potential principle. This has bearing on one of the great scientific mysteries: how could life and civilizations (forms of sustainable orders) have evolved if the alleged tendency of the Universe is to increase entropy until universal heat-death (Schrödinger’s paradox)? A recent paper, "Progress in entropy principle, as disclosed by nine Schools of thermodynamics, and its ecological implication" (FODA-D-20-00110; also, EnerarXiv-preprint), argues the dialectic case that whereas entropy principle as selection principle has been conventionally associate with inevitable increase of disorder, the principle as potential principle offers the explanatory framework for the emergence of orders of both technological kinds and biological kinds.
As the architect James Wines wrote in 2008 Britannica Book of the Year, “The ultimate success of green architecture is likely to require that advocates achieve a broad-based philosophical accord and provide the same kind of persuasive catalyst for change that the Industrial Revolution offered in the 19th century.” The same can be said about green energy and an “ecological revolution.” Contributors to the book are invited to participate in such scientific debates on how we should think about energy, exergy, entropy, renewable energy, and a new, exergy-entropy-based, scientific/metaphysical accord that are required for bringing about an Ecological Revolution: chapters regarding research proposals and research ideas will be welcome; as well as review article-chapters on entropy and exergy and article-chapters that inform reader how to apply exergy analysis and energy analysis to renewable energy systems.