CHAPTER 1

Sustainable Technologies

Overview

Feasibility analysis, as applied to the use of sustainable technology, is an interdisciplinary task. This book presents an engineering–economic perspective on technology that yields insights into the circumstances that make a technology economically viable. This chapter presents the main ideas of the book, giving the reader a taste of the engineering–economic perspective but without the depth that the later chapters provide. This chapter addresses the following questions:

•  In the context of technology, what does sustainability mean?

•  How do engineers use the concepts of input, process, and output to describe technologies?

•  What concepts enable a technology analyst to describe devices of different ...

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