Keywords: conservation, economics, education, efficiency, energy systems, energy technology, environment, exergy, industry policy, industrial productivity, competitiveness, design, economic development, government policy, society benefits
Benefits of exergy and needs for increased education and public understanding and applications in industry and policy - Part I: Benefits
The significant benefits exergy provides to industry, government and society, in areas like energy, environment, economic development and design, are described. It is demonstrated that exergy can help improve understanding of energy issues, partly by providing more useful and meaningful information than energy, and thus help increase the utilisation of beneficial energy resources and technologies. The results are expected to be broadly applicable since, to obtain the greatest benefits of exergy, the benefits must be clearly understood by experts and non-experts in the public, the media, industry and government. In Part II, some of the needs related to exergy that exist despite the potential benefits of utilising exergy are described.