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July 9, 2011 / or4green

Interesting Papers

I came across these interesting-sounding papers recently:

Computational intelligence techniques for a smart electric grid of the future by Zhenhua Jiang in ISNN 2009, Proc of Intl Symp on Neural Networks.
The smart grid is receiving an increasing amount of attention in the academic literature and the above paper is one such contribution, favorably reviewed in Computing Reviews.

Here are a few from the Journal of Industrial Ecology, mentioned before on this site, and a journal green OR types should check out regularly.

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs and Mercury Pollution: Using Material Flow Analysis to Prioritize Concerns by Michael Aucott in Journal of Industrial Ecology, Special Issue: Applications of Material Flow Analysis, Volume 13, Issue 5, pages 658–661, October 2009.
Compact fluorescent bulbs are much more efficient than incandescent bulbs, but they do contain mercury, a hazardous material. The above paper looks into how we prioritize these concerns.

Another popular dilemma in sustainability is that of corn ethanol for fuel.
Assessing Corn Ethanol : Relevance and Responsibility by Robert Anex and Reid Lifset provides an interesting take. It is in Volume 13, Issue 4, (2009) of the Journal of Industrial Ecology, pages 479–482.

The Journal of Industrial Ecology also had an interesting special issue on Sustainable Consumption and Production in 2010 that is worth checking out.

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