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 ...