Antonio Valero

CIRCE, Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption

ANTONIO VALERO CAPILLA, (Zaragoza ,1951), CIRCE, Universidad de Zaragoza, Edificio CIRCE, c/ Mariano Esquillor Gómez, 50018 Zaragoza (Spain), web: Professor at the University of Zaragoza. Chair in Thermal Systems. Director of CIRCE Institute, Research Center for Energy Resources and Consumption. CIRCE is composed of  aprox. 150 researchers devoted to Renewables, Energy efficiency and CO2 Sequestration, among other fields of activity. Member of The Club of Rome Spanish Chapter. His key contributions since 1986 to date are related  to 1)Thermoeconomics: A General Theory of Exergy Saving , the Structural Theory of Thermoeconomics, and Application of Thermoeconomics to the Diagnosis of  Complex Energy Plants. 2) Exergoecology: Application Exergy Analysis to assess the Natural Exergy Resources of the Earth, including  fossil fuels, minerals , water and biomass. And 3) Physical Hydronomics: an application of Thermoeconomics to assess the physical and economic costs of water as an objective basis for pricing. Coauthor with Alicia Valero of the book entitled “Thanatia: the destiny of the Earth's mineral resources. A cradle to cradle life cycle assessment of the Earth” Edited by World Scientific Press (Imperial College), July, 2014. Main contributor to Thermoeconomics. ASME James H.Potter Gold Medal´96 Award “for advancing the theory of thermoeconomics to a new level, and clarifying the basic concepts of exergetic costs, as well as providing methods that integrate costing with system simulation to optimize design and operation of energy-conversion and processing plants, including numerous real world applications”. Also he has been awarded with 4 Edward F. Obert ASME Awards, 1986,1987,1988 and 2003 for the Best Paper  in Thermodynamics and Energy Systems presented in the yearly ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exhibition. ASME Fellow from 2007.


In the transition towards a low carbon economy the so called “green technologies” are going to play a crucial role. Still, their deployment will imply a renovation in the energy sector toward using renewable sources and... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Antonio Valero (CIRCE, Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption)
  2. Alicia Valero (CIRCE, Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption)
  3. Abel Ortego (CIRCE, Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption)
  4. Guiomar Calvo (CIRCE, Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption)

Topic Areas

• Planetary boundaries , • Sustainable consumption and production


ThS-9 » Sustainable technological advances (09:45 - Thursday, 29th June, Room F)

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